• Garden

    Trying out a straw bale garden

    by  • May 23, 2013 • Edibles, Garden

    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...

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    Our good Sierra foothill soil

    by  • April 17, 2013 • Garden, Spring

    Our ‘bad’ soil…? I get comments all the time about ‘our bad soil’ in the Oakhurst, Coarsegold and North Fork areas.  Giving this some thought, I’m wondering if gardeners are making use of the natural ‘mulch’ we have in pine needles and oak leaves. After doing some reading on the tannins in oak leaves,...

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    Rainy Spring Walk with Maggie

    by  • April 4, 2013 • Garden, Spring

    On a rainy day in April, I still take Maggie for her daily walk in the garden.  It’s not cold and though Maggie’s not a fan of wet, she loves to walk and sniff, waggy, waggy…she sniffs everything!  Just yesterday, I was weeding the meadow, dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, with the sun...

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    Secrets for a weed free garden

    by  • March 15, 2013 • Garden, Sierra Foothills, Winter

    Plants are closely planted

    One year of seeds brings seven years of weeds! Three things will make your life easier when it comes to weeds in your garden… #1 Mulch I use mulch around the plants in my garden as a lazy way to manage weeds. After three years of mulching your garden, you’ll see that your weeding chores have...

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    Violas over daffodils

    by  • November 29, 2012 • Fall, Garden, How to, Plant Profiles, Projects

    End of March 2011, everybody's fine!

    Violas and pansies are perfect daffodil partners Last year, I planted violas over the mini daffodils in patio pots and want to do the same this year. Deer don’t bother these on the patio,…they rarely come up the concrete steps any more and they aren’t attracted to either plant.  It’s a safe zone.  ...

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    When every leaf is a flower

    by  • November 13, 2012 • Design, Fall, Garden

    One evening near dark, I lost myself as I wandered, looking for turning leaves around the place. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  Albert Camus French “the quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes,...

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    Spicy mints in the foothill garden

    by  • August 30, 2012 • Garden, Plant Profiles

    Spicy mints? “Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men.” – Benjamin Franklin The rich, spiciness of these plants makes them useful in cooking, and nearly half the spices in your kitchen come from this one family, including basil, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, germander, thyme, savory, plus culinary sage and of course mint, peppermint, and spearmint....

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    My green onion garden

    by  • March 17, 2012 • Edibles, Garden, How to, Projects

    Did you know that when green onions get a bit old in the fridge, you can plant them in a garden pot or veggie garden? I did this in my galvanized wash tub garden and could cut fresh onion tops all through Autumn. These are regular grocery store green onions that I plugged in...

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