• Garden

    Growing your garden, all from seed!

    by  • March 19, 2017 • Edibles, Garden • 2 Comments

    My wheelbarrow full of happy Johnny Jump ups self seeded from last year

    Learning to grow from seed It’s Spring!  My friend, Marie, inspires me so much with her courtyard garden fitted with raised garden beds she and her husband built. Each year she plants a garden and this one is all from seed. Here she shares a few easy secrets. Also, which flower seeds transplant best, building...

    Read more →

    Earliest Spring bloomers to plant now

    by  • February 1, 2017 • Garden • 3 Comments

    Winter and early spring blooming plants Brighten these grey, rainy days in the foothills with cool-season bloomers in containers and areas close to your home where they can easily be seen.  Annuals can provide quick color and perennials and shrubs will reward you year after year with reliable and surprising blooms, should you forget...

    Read more →

    Pretty propagating: How To Multiply your Plants

    by  • November 21, 2016 • Garden, How to • 0 Comments

    Lamb's ears are easy reseeders

    Propagating plants in a Sierra foothill garden Propagating plants is making new plants from existing ones in your garden. Anyone can be a plant propagator with these easy, traditional and low-tech techniques that are perfect for our California foothills. It’s fun and economical, and you’ll be surprised to see how easy it is with these...

    Read more →

    Last day of June in the garden

    by  • July 2, 2015 • Garden, Summer • 1 Comment

    Cupflower, or Nierembergia

    What I’m REALLY doing in the garden…last day of June I just came in from an hour out in the garden! Yep, from 6:30am to now, I puttered in the garden doing what I call ‘watering as needed.’ Lamb’s ears are a good ‘indicator plant’ for watering and when this VERY hardy plant droops,...

    Read more →

    ‘First week of June’ gardening day

    by  • June 10, 2015 • Garden, Spring • 1 Comment

    Cleveland sage

    Just came in from the garden,…perfect day to be out there, especially with my camera. There was really nice, even lighting. Come see what I’m doing in the garden and what is blooming now in June. I’ve been trimming the lower branches off oaks and manzanita, …I’ll pull all that ivy, (from 1 4″...

    Read more →

    Winter welcome in the Sierra foothill garden

    by  • December 17, 2014 • Garden, Winter • 9 Comments

    Winter garden 2014

    A Winter walk-around What’s blooming? What’s happening? A walk through my garden just before Winter begins. First off, the patio has been cleared of summer projects, tools, soil and extra containers! I’ve put three sugar cones in three pots to act as a winter centerpiece for the table and all the cushions are in...

    Read more →

    Planting in an old wicker chair

    by  • August 22, 2013 • Garden, Projects • 4 Comments

    Wicker chair

    I’m a fan of this chair! Take a couple old pieces of junk and transform them into into a tiny little garden scene using just a little imagination.  It’s sometimes difficult to find outdoor decoration that will fit into a ranchy/foresty type garden but this wicker chair is a classic.  Here’s how I planted...

    Read more →

    Trying out a straw bale garden

    by  • May 23, 2013 • Edibles, Garden • 2 Comments

    A Straw Bale Garden?  Sure, I love experiments! Recently I decided to try the technique called straw bale gardening, after an online chat with the author, Joel Karsten, who wrote the book, Straw Bale Gardens. My garden is on a mountainside in Central California. See the steps I took in this experiment! My Ranch...

    Read more →