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MAY

May is the month of expectation, the month of wishes, the month of hope.
- Emily Brontë

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SHADE-LOVING PLANTS 
Do you have a patch of shade that you’re not sure what to do with? Consider planting ferns to add lush, textural interest, or if you desire pops of color, consider planting Hydrangeas, Camellias, Fuchsia, or other tried and true plants that light up the shade.

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EDIBLES TO PLANT IN MAY
Plant beans, bunching onions, cucumbers, eggplant, ground cherries, kale, lettuce, melons, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. In cooler areas, plant arugula ,beets, broccoli, cabbage carrots, celery, and peas. Click here for a monthly planting schedule.

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SOW WILDFLOWER SEEDS NOW
Broadcasting seed before the end of Spring rains will give your wildflowers a strong start and more blooms in the long run. Many gorgeous annuals are native to California, making them well suited to our climate and an important food source for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Here are some easy winners to get your started

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GARDENING MYTH BUSTED! 
Myth: If fertilizer is good, twice as much is even better. 
Fact: Applying more fertilizer than needed is harmful not only to your plants but also to Marin’s watershed and ecosystem. Instead of using fertilizer, amend your soil with compost and top with mulchClick here to learn more about fertilizing.

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FEATURED THIS WEEK IN THE MARIN IJ:

Do you have a fig tree? Be on the lookout for the black fig fly.

  • If you've got fig trees, listen up because there's a new troublemaker who's headed our way – the black fig fly (Silba adipata). Hailing all the way from the Mediterranean region...

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