Planting tips

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It is a special time of year for gardeners in coastal California, it is gardening season. The weather report tells me it has been cold and wet, perfect for planting. Here in Mumbai , where I am living, it is hot and humid, though it has not rained since before we arrived a month and a half ago. For Mumbaikars almost all of their rain (averaging 95 inches per year) comes during the monsoon from June through September. Living on the grounds of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), I watch as an army of gardeners weed, prune, rake, and plant. How I long to join a group amicably clearing a weedy bed.

Clearing edge of great lawn for planting.
Planting mostly marigolds

Our trip to India includes a two month stay in Mumbai, two months on the road, and two months living in Bangalore. The long stays have given me a chance to work on the Weeding Wild Suburbia blog and website. Thinking about planting, but unable to get dirty, led me to develop a sheet of planting tips based on Nature Park planting parties in 2010 and 2012.

Check out the  “How To” section of for pdf of this and other gardening tips.
Pretty border garden at TIFR.

There will be lots more gardening information added to the website and blog so check back often. In fact, I have someone working on a whole new website look and I am very excited about it.

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  1. It is amazing we were in exactly this place –watching the gardeners… Dec 17 to 21…! We walked along the Sea here, and the bright marigold plants they set into the ground were a symbol of the sparkling new insights of our time there. I know how you feel about getting work on projects at home done while your time extends itself there…I do this too… though my journeys so far have not had

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