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Christina Molcillo

Journalist

Santa Rosa, CA

Christina Molcillo

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The mysterious Thrips and their unhelpful bites

Thrips are tiny bugs – about 1 mm long or less – that feed on plant tissue that includes buds, flowers, new leaves, and pollen. This diet means that they’re a huge threat to commercial crops…and your garden. While Thrips can decimate an entire garden, the most they can do to humans is irritate them.
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The process of sprouting made simple!

The cooler weather of the fall season gives growers a chance to take stock of how their spring and summer harvest was, and what steps they can take to improve it when the weather warms up again. Gardeners who choose to start their grow from seeds face a few extra issues, from problems with germination to missing the inadvertently planting the seed too deep.
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Get ready to keep your garden organized this spring

Now that the seasons have changed and cooler weather has moved in, a lot of outdoor growing has slowed or come to a complete stop. This is the perfect time for growers to start planning what they want to plant in their garden when spring rolls around again, and the best placement in the yard to maximize growing.
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Irrigation doesn’t have to be tricky

Irrigation has been around since at least 6000 BC, when floodwaters from the rainy season would be diverted onto fields full of crops for the next 40 to 60 days. As time progressed, the methods of delivering water to gardens of all sizes advanced – from surface irrigation to more complex drip systems and overhead watering.
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Do pests disappear when the cold weather arrives?

As the temperatures drop through fall and into winter, you’ll see far fewer garden pests out than the spring and summer months. During the coldest parts of winter, it seems like they’ve disappeared completely! The bad news is that they’re not gone, and if you had an issue with aphids last year, you’ll have to be just as vigilant when spring rolls back around.
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Sometimes it’s best to have options for your grow

During the winter months, when the garden has been covered and plants have been winterized, growers may start to plan what they’re going to work with when spring comes around. For those who are new to gardening, this could have been the completion of their first successful season and they’re wondering what to do for the next one.
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Geoflora is the gift that keeps on giving

The holidays are drawing near, and for many this means days off work, good food, and lots of rest. It can also mean a whole lot of gift-giving (and receiving!) no matter which holiday is celebrated! Growers – from hobbyists to professionals – may be expecting the usual; gloves, decorative pots, tools, but one of the things they really need is a gift they can really use when the weather starts warming up.
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Consider trees in your GeoPot!

Now that fall is here, outdoor gardening has slowed down considerably in preparation for the winter. Now is a good time to look into using ornamental plants to spruce up your yard, deck, or patio. Ornamental trees or shrubs will make a noticeable difference when strategically placed in areas where a lot of entertaining is done – it will make the area look more polished and help keep the air clean, to boot.
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October garden checklist

As fall gets ready to segue into winter, there’s still plenty to do around the garden to make sure it’s an easy transition for the plants, as well as getting ready to dry the harvested herbs and storing seeds for next season. There are vegetables and some cool-season annuals that can be planted now, but most of a gardener’s work in October is to finish the harvest and get the garden tidy for next spring!
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Growing without soil!? Tupur makes it happen

Gardening is considered by some serious growers to be an art, and if they’re growing on a large scale, it may also be a living. This inspires some growers to look for better ways to grow their plants and ensure they’re able to give them the right nutrients at the right time, and sometimes soil isn’t giving them what they’re looking for.
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Indoor gardens have different soil needs

Moving into the fall season often means moving some of your grow indoors, or setting up houseplants to keep plants around even when it’s too cold to grow outside. Many growers find that one of the easiest things to do is scoop some of the soil they’ve been using outside into a pot for their new transplants because it’s already been amended and successfully brought plants with a healthy yield.
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October means planting has just begun for veggies

For many growers, October means the beginning of harvest season and time to get the garden ready for the cold weather. But, for the warmer climate zones, October means it’s time to get planting – for grows both large-scale and small. In these warmer regions, Southern California especially, growers can point to years of warm Halloween celebrations and toasty Santa Ana winds throughout the month, though the mornings can start off chilly.

About

Christina Molcillo

I'm an experienced writer with a background developing online content. This includes blogging, social media, articles, and press releases.

I'm a current member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the National Writers Union, and the Redwood Writers branch of the California Writers Club.

I also have a penchant for old cars and even older houses. Currently, I keep busy with a 1925 bungalow in beautiful Sonoma County.

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Skills

  • Creative Writing
  • Design
  • Marketing Content
  • Blogging
  • Press Releases
  • Web Content
  • Social Media
  • Newsletters
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Wordsmithing