|Posted on October 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 15, 2013 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM||comments (2)|
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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|Posted on September 4, 2013 at 4:35 AM||comments (4)|
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 bookRead Full Post »
|Posted on September 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
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, ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 27, 2013 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
By now, your tomato plants are probably giving an abundance of fruit, enough so that if you're like me, you are wondering what to do with them all and asking yourself why on earth you planted so many vines. Here's a suggestion that may help to make some space on your now overcrowded counters: why not dry your tomatoes to preserve them for later use? The result will be tasty and is guaranteed to radically reduce the space neede...Read Full Post »