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


Sustainable Living-All Too Familiar


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 […]

Gopher or Mole?


The moist soil after some much needed rain in California, has brought out the moles and gophers in droves. There is sometimes confusion as to whether your garden has been invaded by gophers (a rodent that eats plants and roots) or by moles that tunnel along the surface, upsetting topsoil and toppling seedlings. It is […]

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 […]

Wildlife Abundance in Gardens

A turkey vulture rest in the sun.

There has been an abundance of wildlife in our gardens this year. Seven years ago, a single quail couple hatched chicks in the open space behind our property and used the fenced portion of our garden as their playpen. The family of fifteen ended up being a family of four, but those are considered good […]

Worm Composting for Beginners

Worm bins ready for harvest,

Worm bins ready for harvest,

Traditional composting of yard clippings and kitchen scraps is not for everyone. Some gardeners just don’t have the space for composting bins but would love to have the “black gold” plant food that composting provides. If you want to try composting on a smaller, more concentrated level, worm composting […]

Harvest Moon Clarified-Shine On!

Moon Through Coastal Overcast

Moon Through Coastal Overcast

When I was a kid, I found the song “Shine on Harvest Moon” haunting. What does “I ain’t had no lovin’ since…mean to an 8-year-old? Pretty scary stuff! I got that the weather was changing and there wasn’t much time for this lovin’ stuff, so better get to it while […]

Include Microclimates in Your Garden Plan


This time of year is an excellent time of year to plan for new additions to your garden. You may live in an area that requires you to wait until the soil has warmed in the spring to plant. In more temperate zones, the fall is the best time of year to add to your […]

Home Remedies for the Garden


Whatever you’re paying for high-priced garden solutions, it is far too much! Many concoctions can be made with ingredients you have in your pantry. Here are a few recipes I’ve found to be effective and can be made at home by any frugal gardener.

ROSE SPRAY-helps prevent diseases such as rust, blackspot, and powdery mildew.


Fall Garden Chores in a Temperate Climate

Fall is the clean-up season

Fall is the clean-up season

Fall is not my favorite time of year. The light and colors are fading, the days growing shorter. Landscape plants look tired and spent. Grape vines on the hillsides have shriveled, their harvest (offspring) cut from their branches. I feel a sense of sadness as flowers fade, pumpkin […]

Planting Vegetables In Your Flower Beds

Rhubarb in flower bed.

Rhubarb in flower bed.

You can grow vegetables in greenhouses, raised beds, mounded beds, rows, and in containers. You can plant a “French-intensive” garden or a formal kitchen “parterre”. But if you don’t have the space to dedicate exclusively to vegetables, consider tucking seasonal vegetables in and around your landscape plantings. Planting vegetables among […]