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Green Tomatoes Make Green Tomato Pie

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)

by Rachel


With the change of season comes the task of pulling out old, spent plants in preparation for seeding of the fall crop.  Members of our garden community have been very busy working on this transition, and as of this writing (late October), many plots have been stripped completely bare.  I find myself firmly in the camp of those die-hard gardeners who continue to hang on to one or two of their tomato vines and pepper plan...

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Chemicals Used in the Garden

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

by Carl


People need to be careful what words they use, because words convey ideas, and ideas are powerful things. For instance, I understand that when people say things like "don't use chemicals in your vegetable garden", what they really mean is "avoid using harsh manufactured chemicals, as they can have undesirable side effects and cause problems down the line". But if I were to take the first statement at face value, it would be downrig...

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Behind the Seeds at Disneyworld

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

by Rachel


My hubby and I just returned back from a visit to Orlando Florida, where we enjoyed some of the sights, sounds, and tastes at Disney's 2013 Food and Wine Festival.  Being foodies, the trip was planned as an elaborate birthday celebration; in addition to the Epcot festivities, we managed to visit all the other Disney parks, ride various rides, and see ...

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Our Mediterranean Climate

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

by Carl


While bopsying around Pismo and San Luis Obispo earlier this year, we stumbled upon the SLO Botanical Garden, a beautiful garden featuring plants that do well in Mediterranean climates. As most probably know, we Californians share a climate profile with such varying areas of the world as central Chile, the northwest coast of Africa, the southwest coas...

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7 Excellent, Free Online Gardening Resources

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

by Carl


For some strange reason, I've always been intrigued by the number 7. Perhaps it's because it's such a nice prime number, or because of the mystical qualities associated with the 7th son of a 7th son, or the promise of rest on that 7th day. Whatever it is, I've always liked 7.

 

Anyway, with that little aside, uh, aside, I spent some time recently looking at the startling array of gardening resources available onlin...

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A Reason for Frowning On Roundup

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (2)

by Carl


Most gardeners have been introduced to the notion that using certain chemicals within the context of a vegetable garden is considered, well, not to be a very bright idea.The reasons given run in many different directions, from ecological to political to societal. High on the list of offensive products is Monsanto's flagship grass and weed killer, Roundup.

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On Worms, Worm Castings, and Worm Bins

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (4)

by Carl


Worms are fascinating little creatures that have long been recognized as playing a key role in the circle of life. Aristotle called them "the intestines of the world", the ancient Chinese the "angels of the soil". But perhaps the best observation is that made by the naturalist and father of modern day genetics, Charles Darwin, who in his book

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Garden To Do List For September

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

by Rachel


September is the quintessential transition month: summer vacation to back-to-school, eating salads to eating stews and soups, running around barefoot and sleevless to dawning long sleeved jackets in the evenings.  Mornings bring dew on the windshield and lawn. Windy afternoons and chilly evenings can only mean one thing, that summer is slowly coming to a close.   September 22nd brings with it the Autumnal Equinox, ...

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Crop Swaps, Coming to a Library near You

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

by Rachel and Carl


Looking for something to do with all those extra zucchinis? Have an overzealous bean plant that keeps giving to overflowing? Too many tomatoes and too little time to make sauce? These are all good problems to have, and we have just the solution: make your way over to your library to take part in a crop swap!


What’s a crop swap, you ask? Ah, you must be from...

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Free and Inexpensive Compost in Santa Clara County

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

by Carl


Need a compost fix for your next spring planting? Or looking to amend a problem patch of compressed clay soil cheaply and easily? Well, you're in luck: it turns out that residents of Santa Clara County have a number of excellent resources available to them. With most of these, you will need to pick up and haul the stuff yourself, although some places offer delivery of large bulk quantities for a fee. When going for a load, don't f...

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