Fresh Dirt

Protect your backyard vegetables from birds with this hack

Bird netting: anyone who’s used it can attest to what a tangled mess it can become in the garden. In the Sunset Test Garden, we use a simple system of bird netting that includes a $3 hack from the hardware store that makes all the difference in keeping the netting neat and tidy.

Kicking off plans for Sunset’s new Test Garden in Sonoma

You may have heard the news: Sunset is moving at the end of the year. While the main office will be in Oakland’s Jack London Square, we’re thrilled to have a home in the countryside, nestled in the south end of Sonoma Valley

Oriental lilies: Summer’s most stylish blooms?

We think so. Okay, I confess to a weakness for Oriental lilies. They’re exotic looking, richly fragrant, and as flamboyant as Katie Perry’s dresses. But the best thing about them?

Don’t miss this flower-filled festival in late August

If strolling through acres and acres of flowers is your idea of heaven (mine too!), we’ve got just the event for you this weekend.  Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon is opening their doors—er, farm gates—to visitors for their annual festival.