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Rebecca’s Monthly Gardening Tips

A hopefully helpful list of what to do in your garden this month – tried and true tips from the experts.

Edibles to Plant and Grow

Rebecca in the Mercury News

Sustainability We Can Live With

Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Simplify Your Life

You want to live a simpler life, I know. That’s why you’re here, right? To create a life of simplicity, contentment and optimism. But can I tell you something? Your life will not change and you will not be able to create that life you want unless you take action. Take action. And take it today. I want to make it easier for you to take action and move ahead on your journey to a simpler life. So all you have to do is set aside some time – anywhere between 10 minutes and an hour to tackle one of the 21 simple actions below. Just one is enough. More is better, but one is enough to start living a simpler life today. You just have to take action. Action #1: Perform a Clutter Bust (10-45 minutes) This is hands-down the best way to tidy and declutter a space in a short period of time. You can apply it to just one room at a time (strongly recommended), or if you’re feeling ambitious or particularly over-run with clutter – tackle all the main areas of the home. Whatever you choose – speed is the key here. How to clutter-bust your home: Grab an empty laundry basket. Choose a room to begin. Moving quickly – pick up each and every item in that room that does not belong, or is out of place. Place them in the laundry basket. Every single thing. Once full, empty the contents of the laundry basket on the dining table or a clear space on the floor. Sort items into piles – according to where...
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About Growing 2 Shine

Being an avid gardener, born and raised in Indiana, I feel incredible blessed to live in sunny California & be able to grow my own food all year-round! I write a monthly garden column for the San Jose Mercury News & am constantly striving for tips & ideas on how to live a little more gently in regards to ourselves, our planet & each other – basically sustainability we can live with! As a fulltime realtor here in the Bay Area, I help my clients “Go Green” in & around their homes & communities.

I hope you will find my monthly Green Tips useful; & I hope you find inspiration in the monthly Garden Tips & the incredible Edibles You Can Plant & Grow!

WEEKLY GREEN TIP: Save time, money (and hopefully the planet)!

  • Green Tip of the Month

    Pocket Gophers make their presence known by building crescent shaped mounds of dirt. They feed on plant and tree roots as they tunnel through the soil. They are active year-round and can have up to three litters a year in well-watered areas. They also gnaw on irrigation lines to divert water into their tunnels, making it difficult to properly water plants. Adults live about three years. Trap them using Macabee or box traps for the best means of control.

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