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Gardening season is here. And we love this year’s latest guides, tools, and locally made goods for East Bay green thumbs.


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Ten Speed Press

Book

In their new book, The Beautiful Edible Garden, Oakland-based landscape designers Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner offer a comprehensive guide to creating a beautiful and bountiful space, whether you have an acre, a quaint side or front yard, or just pots and window boxes. Plus, there are great DIY tutorials on garden-to-table floral arrangements and herb wreaths. starappleediblegardens.com.
 

Planter

Benicia sculptor Mary Oros elevates the humble planter to fine art. She packs a custom concrete blend—including recycled material—into molds and adds a pigmented topcoat, in a process that takes about a month. The finished 11–135 pound pieces feature whimsical bumps or chiseled tree bark–like textures destined to become statement pieces in any garden. maryoros.com.
 

Left: Mary Oros, Right: Alicia Johnson

Store

Abeni Ramsey first started growing produce and raising chickens and goats in her West Oakland backyard a decade ago as a way to provide better-quality food for her two young kids. Last year, she started City Girl Farmstore, which offers rare and heirloom seeds, locally made garden tools, organic chicken feed, cheese-making kits, and other basics geared toward aspiring urban farmers. Recently relocated, the store reopens this month on Broadway. facebook.com/510farmstore

 

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