Sarah Preiss-Farzanegan MD

Grow For It!: Creating a remembrance garden

We are in the midst of a most joyful season. Holiday cards have evolved into yearly snapshots of a vast photo diary that allow me to stay connected with my friends and family from a distance and I relish each and every envelope when it arrives. It is also the time of year when I […]

Grow For It: Ode to Summer

This summer was tremendous But like all seasons it must end Saying “goodbye” breaks my heart; Farewell my old friend. We have learned much this year My children and me Best summed up by ten As below you shall see. One is for the lady bugs The first dainty heralds of summer They are actually […]

Grow For It! Do snails eat lunch?

This is the most recent question my 5 year old asked me over lunch. We had been discussing why some of the patio tomatoes had big bites out of their leaves. The brown garden snail is the most common snail causing problems in California gardens. Since snails are nocturnal, she wanted to know things like […]

Grow For It!: Mistletoe, holly and other holiday traditions

A tradition, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a way of thinking, behaving or doing something that has been used by people in a particular group, family, or society for a long time. Holiday traditions are often disguised as things like Aunt Jane’s broccoli casserole or the evening family drive to see the holiday lights; things […]

Grow For It! Wildlife encounters

Lately, I have realized that my Jersey-girl roots have made me a tad naïve when it comes to wildlife in El Dorado County. Having grown up in a very rural area, I am very good at spotting nocturnal critters while driving at night, notably deer, raccoon and opossum, and I remember seeing one or two […]

Grow For It!: African violets — easy-to-care-for flowering houseplants

I like to think that the purpose of the African violet plant is to bolster my ego. I am very capable of growing lovely flowering and fruiting plants in a variety of outdoor settings, flower beds, raised beds and containers, for example. I was, however, completely incapable of successfully nurturing houseplants until I discovered the […]

Grow For It! Vacation: What to know before you go

Summer in the foothills means flowers, gardens and orchards bursting into glorious activity. It is also prime vacation season.Do not despair, there is not need ro sacrifice your garden for your summer holiday. With these valuable tips, you can prepare your plants before you go and enjoy your trip. The two most important things to […]

Grow For It!: A new leaf

It is two days before winter, and all through the foothills Homes glitter with candles, lights and holiday thrills. As I ponder the memories of this past year, Those of my garden are the ones I hold most dear. Hours spent there with my children, of course, top the list For time passes quickly, and […]

Grow For It!: Starting a backyard orchard

A couple of months after we finished planting our backyard orchard I remember dragging a plastic Adirondack chair up the hill and situating the chair right in the middle of it. I surveyed our creation. At first my imagination kicked in and I saw images of taller, greener trees laden with fruit and baskets overflowing […]

Grow For It !: Contemplating a backyard orchard

It was about this time a few years ago that my husband first mentioned his burning desire to plant an orchard in our backyard. My first thought was, you want to do what? We had just moved into our house and were barely unpacked, let alone ready to tackle a major backyard project. I say […]

Grow For It!: Change is in the air

At this time of year, it feels like so many things are changing at once. A new school year is in full swing, the weather is cooler, the leaves on the trees are showing hints of red and gold and many stores have started to display their holiday wares. There is change in the garden, […]

Grow For It!: Garden safety — snakes in the grass, literally

Gardening is by no means an extreme sport, but like any other recreational activity you should always be aware of the risks for yourself and anyone else involved. A recent close encounter with a rattlesnake in my garden, thankfully only close for my toddler but not so for the dog, has made me reassess the […]

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