My Cactus Garden in Land Park is Going to Bed for the Winter

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I forgot that I had a taken a photo of my Land Park cactus garden last week. All the cacti have done extremely well this summer. People think that it's difficult to grow cactus in Sacramento, but I have a secret ingredient: Cactus Juice. It's a calcium-based fertilizer. You mix one teaspoon of Cactus Juice per gallon of water every 10 to 14 days, which for this Land Park resident means every other feeding -- during growing season, of course. Now that it's raining, I won't water the garden until next spring.

Last year I surrounded the tender cacti with water wells, but they've outgrown that protection. I generally lose a little bit of foliage on the succulents to frost freezes, even though I cover the garden with protective sheeting. So, if it ever stops raining today, I need to cover up the cactus garden for the winter.

See, this is what happens when you sell short sales in Sacramento and homes in Land Park. Too busy to tend to a regular garden. The only gardening thing I have time for nowadays is to grow cacti. Well, that and playing Angry Birds on my iPad.

What do you think of the "necklace" around the barrel cactus? Looks rather Elizabethan, no?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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My gardening days are few and far between now, too. In fact, I feel guilty when I look out the window at the neglect. I think it's time to downsize!

Nov 21, 2010 02:37 AM #1
Sam Gamgee
Eugene, OR

I grew up in the Phoenix, Arizona area and had a very diverse cactus garden.  The blooms in spring are amazing.  Cacti are very under-appreciated as landscape plants.  Unfortunately, cacti don't do well in the Pacific Northwest where I now live.

Nov 21, 2010 02:37 AM #2
Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

very nice garden, i am impressed about the garden, That is something that I cannot grow, I live in Washington and it it a bit coold & too much rain for them.,...

Nov 21, 2010 02:42 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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I planted this garden in March of 2008. Right after we had the storms in Land Park that took out our 40-foot beech trees. Well, one of them fell on our house. But look at the difference between the two photos. What a difference 2 1/2 years can make!!

land park cactus garden march 2008

Nov 21, 2010 02:59 AM #4
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That is a huge difference.  I have no time to plant anything.  I keep talking about clearing out a spot in our backyard for a veggie garden, but never have the time.  I think I'll give up and hire someone to clear it out.

Nov 21, 2010 04:49 AM #5
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