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Blooming-May

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

Harvesting-May

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

           

Feeding a Citrus Tree

Lemon and lime trees need to be fed on a regular basis. If they do not have proper nutrients, their leaves change, giving the gardener an indication of what the soil is lacking and what nutrient is needed. Compost is a long-lasting fertilizer that will will provide nutrients for months. Check the UC Davis Website for pictures of distressed leaves of citrus trees needing nutrients. […]

Tulips in Amsterdam

The story of tulips in Holland and the yearly “living catalogue” display of flowering bulbs at Keukenhof Park in April and May is a “not to be missed”. During the 1600’s, “Tulip Mania” took over in Amsterdam and tulips were being sold for outrageous sums. Still the bulb growing capital of the world, Amsterdam is a colorful and fascinating experience for travelers. […]

Homemade Fertilizer Mixture from The Crop Doctor

The plant doctor, Dr Heather Vallier, addressing The Cambria Garden Club

Here is a recipe for a homemade liquid fertilizer shared by Dr. Heather Vallier. The mixture can be easily made in a blender and only require four ingredients. Because it includes ripe bananas which contain potassium, it is best for flowering plants. The mixture can be used every few months in the growing season. […]

The end of labradoodle pups, the beginning of spring.

Garden Clubs visit gardens to get ideas and information about gardening in Cambria, California. The Newcomers Club in Cambria visits our garden and views the labradoodles on the deck. Visitors had questions on drought-tolerent plants, fertilizers, and gophers. […]

Green Spotted Beetle Returns in Force

The Western Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica) is destroying crops and flowers in home gardens this time of year. The adults of this “green-spotted lady bug like insect” eats leaves, stems and blossoms. Their larvae eat roots.There are a number of things you can do to reduce their numbers and thus reduce the damage they create. […]

Tomatoes Grow in Wine Barrels

Since I was going to be hand-watering due to water restrictions, I needed to get as many tomato plants as possible into wine barrels with good soil. I made my own potting soil with the attached recipe and put the containers in a convenient, sunny location. […]

Spiders are Welcome Here

Spiders play an important part in keeping your garden healthy. The more spiders you have in your garden, the healthier it will be. […]

Cambria’s Water Shortage No Small Deal

Sweetpea bush

Agapanthus “Peter Pan”

We. in Cambria, a little village on the ocean between S.F. and L.A. are experiencing a severe drought. Our water district board, the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) has prohibited the use of potable (treated) water on our landscapes. Here is the notice we received:

“Effective immediately the CCSD is implementing […]

Water Issue in Cambria – No Water for Gardens

Limonium, also called Statice, or sea lavender, is a drought tolerant plant that grows well in partial shade and sun. Makes great dry arrangements.

Limonium, also called Statice, or sea lavender, is a drought tolerant plant that grows well in partial shade and sun. Makes great dry arrangements.

 

I wrote this article for the Cambrian (local publication) in October. Many people commented on it to me so I decided to pass it on to you who read […]

Back In the Garden Again

Lee, wearing her brace, visits the nursery.

Lee, wearing her brace, visits the nursery.

 

I once wrote that I was a “Terrible Garden Blogger”. I was referring to the fact that I just couldn’t get into a daily or weekly routine but wrote a blog when I was inspired. When I broke my hip last February, I had no idea […]