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22 02, 2017

A Rare Skink Sighting

By |2019-10-05T08:37:35-07:00February 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

We've no lack of reptiles here on the acre. Gopher snakes, king snakes, the occasional rattlesnake, alligator lizards and western fence lizards (aka, the "blue belly") are all common sights around here. Actually, the fence lizard is so common in summer that you'll nearly walk on a dozen just crossing the yard. What isn't a common sight though is a skink -- a western skink in this case. These guys are usually pretty shy. I've only seen a few over  [keep reading...]

17 02, 2017

Let’s Get Cloning

By |2019-10-05T08:31:14-07:00February 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Winter is a great time to propagate plants from cuttings Mid winter is tough. If you’re anything like me, right about now you’re itching to get back outdoors, clear some garden beds and get started on planting for spring. The problem is there’s still weeks of cold, wet, frosty and unpredictable weather ahead that all but guarantee anything you try to get started will be killed off by the time warmer weather rolls around. Fortunately, while it may not be  [keep reading...]