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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

           

More about A Coop for the Garden

The henhouse has nests that can be accessed from the outside

Here are more pictures of our “coop that enhances the garden”. We didn’t take many pictures of it being built. We should have. But these will help you see the inside of the henhouse, the size, and understand the general sequence of the construction process. […]

A Chicken Coop that Enhances the Garden

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My husband built a chicken coop for our six young chickens that adds to my garden rather than detracts. To save money, we used recycled materials from the building of our house, and purchased some items (like the stained glass window) from garage sales. This was, unfortunately, not a one-weekend project and it took […]

Gardening in February along the Central Coast

February is the time to start garden on the Central Coast. Weeding now saves work later on. Many drought-tolerant plants are best planted now when the soil is moist. Fertilize with slow-released fertilizer. Passion vines can be planted now along the coast. […]

February Gardening on the Central Coast

Narcissus blooming in February

There’s lots to do in Central Coast gardens in February. Weeding, planting, and light fertilizing is a good start. Consult frost dates and chill hours in your area before you beginning planting seeds and selecting fruit trees. Some flower seeds can be planted this month as well as some vegetable seeds. Finish pruning deciduous plant and Mediterranean plants after flowering. […]

January Gardening in Cambria

The last hollyhock of the season.

“God made rainy days, so gardeners could get their housework done.”

The last hollyhock of the season.

I haven’t been doing much gardening this month. Why? First, in rained over 10 inches in late December and we were spending our time getting the rain to drain through our garden and on down […]

Cambria Garden Tour a Success

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The garden is ready!

The big day finally came! The Cambria Garden Tour, sponsored by New Dawn Montessori School each spring, always has a big turnout from people all over Central California. Many of the visitors have second homes here in Cambria and are here for the weekend, many are locals, and many come […]

Chickens Eat My Garden

Tulip grabbing a little bite to eat.

Tulip Sees Leaf Outside Gate

Because I have six hens and love to garden, people often ask,”Are chickens and gardens compatible?” My answer is, except for cleaning up bugs and providing manure for soil enrichment, they are definitely not! Chickens eat about every vegetation they can get their beaks on. If the hens “free-ranged” […]

Floor Space for Chicken Coop and Runs

Ladder provides vertical space.

People are looking for information on building chicken coops. I know, because, many visitors to this site click on “A Chicken Coop for a Garden”and “A Space for Chickens”. I think that building your coop is one of the most important steps you’ll take to ensure success in backyard chicken keeping and a little research […]

Putting together a new flock

Putting together a new flock is not easy and requires patience. We bought two young hens (less than a year old) on a Thursday, and two more hens (10 months old) on a Monday. By then, the first set of two had decided that the coop was THEIRS!!!!!! They did not want any more flock mates. We added two more hens and so far, the flock is not united. […]

Hens eating their eggs – think again

Don nailing new ¼' hardware wire over original 2" wire to keep out birds.

We thought that our hens had begun eating their own eggs. We were able to watch them on our hemcam and found out that they were not doing the damage. […]