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• African daisies
• California Poppy
• Calendula
• Calla Lily
• Narcissus
• Lavander
• Ivy geranium
• Mexican Sage
• Pride of Madera
• Lantana
• Society garlic
• Wild geranium


• Baby arugula
• Onion and garlic greens
• Thyme
• Rhubarb
• Parsley
• Strawberries


Succulents and Gynelle Leon’s book called “Prick”

“Succulent” refers to plants that have a unique ability to store moisture in fleshy stems, leaves, or roots. They are not a family in themselves but are represented in many plant families. Like cacti and succulents, many plants found in dry regions of the world have adapted to dry climates by storing moisture in their tissues. Just so you know, cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. I picked up a little book in the Cambria Library that has helped me learn to be more successful with growing succulents and creating little “potted wonders”. The book, named “Prick” (don’t you love it), authored by Gynelle Leon is described by Amazon Books as: “A modern guide to the fashionable world of prickly, spiny houseplants”. […]

Ants in the house, ants in the garden.

Argentine ants live in the garden and move into our houses in search of food and water and to escape flooding. They are not native to North America are not considered beneficial insects. There are ways to rid your house and garden of Argentine ants. […]

The Making of a Mini-Orchard

We are planting a “mini-orchard” in the vacant lot beside our home in Cambria California. We will plant 4-5 apple trees of the “low-chill” variety. […]

May in a Cambria Garden

There is still lots to do in coastal gardens. Fertilizing, mulching, planting, etc.. You’ll begin harvesting greens while planting tomatoes, and pinching back basil and herbs. […]

Gophers Live Underground

Gophers live underground in tunnels and runs.

Ever wonder where pocket gophers go when they burrow underground? They have a complicated system of tunnels, runways, a nest for babies, a pantry for storing food, and even a toilet area for waste. Pretty civilized. […]

Aphids pesky suckers on plants

Aphid appear on a yellow dahlia in mid winter along the coast. More will appear in early spring.

I found aphids on yellow dahlia blossoms that are already leafed out and blooming. Beneficial insects will help control them but there things that you can to to help out the good bugs in your garden. […]

Resolutions to make gardening easier

Drought tolerant plants save water and time to make gardening easier. Australian plants like the Kangaroo Paw are drought tolerant.

With a little thought and planning and a few resolutions, you can make gardening easier and more enjoyable. Resolutions are sometimes needed to achieve this goal. Things like buying and planting plants that need less deadheading is one resolutions. Planting more native plants is another. Seeds of edible plants will be planted on a “staggered schedule” so that less will be wasted is also on my list. I’ll look for ways like reducing the use of insectcides and fertilizer to make more pleasurable time in the garden. […]

Plant winter greens now, the ugly way!

Vegetable box with cardboard covering newly planted greens.

I prepared the bed for winter greens by just “raking in” some home-made compost. Nothing fancy. I also sprinkled the soil (before planting) with water to be sure it was moist. I used seeds I’d saved from last spring. They are tiny seeds so they need to be planted near the surface of the soil. The “rule of thumb” is the amount of dirt to cover the seeds should be equal to the size of the seed. When planting tiny seeds must either put dirt though a sieve or do it the lazy way, like I do, and sprinkle a bit of potting soil over them. Covering the soil with torn up Amazon shipping boxes keeps seeds moist until sprouting. […]

Fall clean-up the easy way

Liquidamber tree turning red. Falling leaves can be left on ground to compost and feed tree in the spring.

There are ways to cut back on time-consuming gardening task this time of year. Letting annuals go to seed and plant themselves, cut back on watering, leave fallen leaves under shrubs and trees to compost, and practice “lasagna” gardening in vegetable beds. Make gardening easier and more fun. […]

Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking Artichokes

An artichoke ready to serve.

Artichokes are easy to grow, easy to harvest, and easy to cook. […]