• How to: Meat Bee Trap

    by  • August 4, 2010

    Meat bee trap

    Some folks can live and let live in the garden, but meat bees push my limits! A friend told me about this simple way to make a trap for pesky meat bees (or yellow jackets) that can keep them from getting between you and that bite of juicy hamburger next time you BBQ.

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    Rambling around in July

    by  • July 10, 2010

    When you go out to the garden, with no objective in mind, it's surprising how much you can accomplish. Equipped with gloves and clippers in my back pocket, I water and putter with no thoughts in my mind. Sometimes, just start to clip and water and sometimes you take on huge jobs never...

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    Barberry Blitz and Intriguing Iris

    by  • November 1, 2007

    Nov 1st, 2007 I love the Fall color of the ‘Royal Cloak’ barberry, so determined to get more.  As a plant-collector type, it has been hard for me to buy more than one of anything, so bought 2 each(baby steps) of each kind and color. Berberis, ‘Rose Glow’, ‘Sunsation’, Red (Atropurpurea) and B. mentorensis,...

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    First Flower Beds

    by  • May 1, 2006

    We have lived here for 8 months and five of those in the new house. As far as the garden goes, the first big priority was to dispose of the huge piles of construction debris...our responsibility according to our contract with Western Homes.

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    First spring at home

    by  • April 28, 2006

    Our first spring here has been rainy for the last ten weekends, then we left for a trip to Moab. When we returned it was spring finally, sunny and warm and everyone in town is planting in front of their homes and businesses , I notice as I drive past.

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    June 2005-Plants Brought from Home

    by  • June 26, 2005

    There are a certain number of plants that I brought from our previous garden in Southern California. The zone is 10 or 11 there, or Sunset’s zone 24. Most anything can be grown that doesn’t need a cold winter. The list is in my Dave’sGarden journal under ‘Plants Brought from SoCal’ I brought many...

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    Country means outbuilding first, house later

    by  • November 30, 2002

    After buying property in October 2000, we started the building and  site preparation process, by having the house pad graded and the ‘pond’ filled in. Next, were plans for our first ‘outbuilding’, an 8 x 16 shed. The house wouldn’t be begun until Feb 2004. From November 2002 Folks in this area build their garages,...

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    Memorial Day 2002

    by  • May 29, 2002

    May 23-28, 2002   Memorial Day! Madeline had her prom (Derek’s senior prom) so we went up alone. Jolie was working at Claimjumper so she stayed home. It was to be a laying out weekend, 4 days of riding for Larry, so no big projects. Just relaxing for me. Friday, Larry and Russ went out...

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    Bike race down 007 trail

    by  • April 29, 2002

    April 25-28 Wooden goat for the goat shed  We snuck up here on the flimsy excuse that a bike race was taking place up the Central Camp road on a trail called 007. Larry used this trail for the dualsport rides.  We left in the neon and brought a box of strawberries, birdseed, more peanuts...

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    Easter week 2002

    by  • April 16, 2002

    April 7-14, 2002  On the afternoon we arrived, the whole group came to our place for a barbecue. Larry had also invited lots of friends..we had a crowd. Project wise we did a lot of clearing of the small bushes between the trees. Larry tried out the new brush cutting blade for the trimmer....

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    Autumn 2001- Settling into camp

    by  • October 18, 2001

    This is a transcript of the diary I kept during the first years of our transition to the mountains. We had lived in Orange County, CA for the past 20 years and decided to check out property in Bass Lake, CA where we had vacationed for several years. Temporary ‘utilities’ Oct 12-16, 2001 This is...

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    August 2001- Fire Strikes!

    by  • August 31, 2001

    Russ called Larry to say there’s a fire on Rd 274, our road! Said he’d try to find out more. In the meantime Larry called Marcie and Paul, no one home. I called the Forest Service and they said it was between Thunder Way and Gentle Way!

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    July 2001 The world’s most expensive campsite

    by  • July 4, 2001

    This is a transcript of the diary I kept during the first years of our transition to the mountains. We had lived in Orange County, CA for the past 20 years and decided to check out property in Bass Lake, CA where we had vacationed for several years. No work on these two trips, just...

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