Time and Temp


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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


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. […]

Growing Cymbidium Orchids on the Central Coast

From the garden of Carol Frane

Cymbidium orchid from the garden of Carol Frane, Cambria

Cymbidiums orchids do well in our coastal climate, and just about anywhere else in San Luis Obispo County, if given filtered sunlight, water, and lots of food. Shade cloth or an open tree can provide filtered shade. Cymbidiums can tolerate morning sun in cooler climates […]

Thinking of Getting Chickens?


There has been a movement in recent years to raise a few chickens in the backyards of both city and suburban dwellers. Producing your own eggs from a few hens, neatly tucked into your garden is a trend that I don’t think will go away. Why? It is fun and hens provide you with tasty […]

Harvesting and Using Worm Castings

Compost worms in action.

After your “red wigglers” have digested the bedding and food scraps you have fed them (usually about 6 months) you should have enough castings to harvest them for use. Stop adding scraps until all is eaten. At this point, you will wish you had two bins. Remove any paper bedding that might be left in […]

How Does Your Mediterranean Garden Grow?


Spanish Lavender

Heady fragrance of the pink jasmine vines, dripping with fragrant clusters of blossoms, surrounded the hilltop bed and breakfast in Napa Valley. Mediterranean plants in terraced gardens were in full bloom. Most of the vegetation planted under the oaks and in beds around the inn were deer resistant and drought tolerant. They […]