My first real job was with the Valley Oak Tool Company, and it taught me that tough tools make hard work easy. I started out weeding a front lawn composed of Cyperus rotundus (commonly known as nut grass). Nut grass is in fact a sedge, which only resembles a grass.
In our third year of drought, I expect that most of us now comprehend the impact of global warming on climates all over the planet. It is not the time to give up on gardening, but we need to garden smarter.
While we were reading up on onions, we took a look at information about our garlic crop, and the best time to harvest it. We want to make sure the bulbs are mature before we harvest them, in the hopes that they'll store well.
We planted several bare-root fruit trees this winter, and have been monitoring their progress this spring. Looking for swelling buds and new leaves is the main exercise in monitoring them. Paying attention to the base of the tree (below the graft union) is important too.