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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


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. […]

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. […]

A Sustainable Year in the Garden

Australian Plants are Drought Tolerant

Australian Plants are Drought Tolerant

I wrote some garden resolutions a few years ago for our local newspaper and the ones regarding sustainability are still relevent. We hear the word “sustainable” referring to buying food grown close to home, using less energy, and generally, demanding less of the environment in our daily life. Sustainability […]

April Gardening on the Central Coast

April Garden is Coming Alive!

I first wrote this article for the SLO Master Gardeners “Question and Answer” column for The Tribune. I don’t make up this information and because I don’t have experience with planting in the warmer regions of the county, I used a handy little guide put together by the SLO Master Gardeners called “The Gardener’s Journal” […]

March Gardening Along the Central Coast


As some of my readers know, I live in a coastal village south of Big Sur and north of San Luis Obispo. I consider myself a Central Coast Gardener even though this term can mean many things. East of us, along the Hwy 101 corridor, it can be 20 degrees hotter in the day and […]

Hen Talk

Hens are big birds.

Hens are big birds.

I’ve been working on setting up another website on chickens. I don’t want to tell you the domain name yet as I’m not proud of its structure. Oh, alright. It’s Backyard Hencam. You guessed it, it has a hencam in it. I’ve never been someone who can do something half-way. […]

California Drought-Little Is Better Than Nothing


We got a half inch of rain yesterday and during the night, and I’m thrilled. I hear the chuckles rising across the U.S. as some of you sit in five feet of snow, while I get giddy over a half an inch of rain. I’m sorry that you suffer. I really am. I’ve always lived […]

Snails & Slugs Coming Your Way

slug by zemistor on Flickr

Snail photo on Flickr by Randy Son of Robert

If you have not found evidence of slugs and snails in your garden by now, believe me, they will be here soon. In our California coastal climate they live (and eat) throughout the year. They slide though the night on their slimy mucus-producing “foot”, leaving a […]

A Gardener's New Year's Resolutions


Gardeners are dreamers. They spend much of their time visualizing the shape and colors that are sure to come. They plan, sketch, list, shop, organize and arrange for the future. The New Year is the time to take stock of your garden and make choices as to what you might do differently in the coming […]

Resolutions For A More Sustainable Garden


I spend a lot of time staring into space this time of year. I may look as if I have nothing on my mind, but on the contrary, I am visualizing how to make each portion of my garden more sustainable, less labor intensive, more drought tolerant, more naturally beautiful.

As a passionate gardener, I […]