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. […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Victory gardens, living off the land, sustainable living, I’ve lived through them all. I’m of an age where everything seems familiar. The terms “sustainable living” and “sustainable gardening” are thrown around today but are déjà vu to many of us “mature adults”. For those of us who took to the hills in the 60’s, it […]