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


Monterey Pines-Beautiful and Dangerous

Trimming Up and Removing Dead Trees

Trimming Up and Removing Dead Trees

Our little community sits on hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. What really makes this seaside cluster of homes unique, is that the houses in Cambria are built in the middle of a Monterey Pine forest which I find to be both beautiful and terrifying at the same time.


A Chicken Coop that Enhances the Garden



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 […]

A Love-Hate Relationship with Nature

A vulture suns himself on a neighbor's roof.

A vulture suns himself on a neighbor's roof.

Like many gardeners, I have a love-hate relationship with nature. While I enjoy observing and just “being” in the garden, I struggle with my inclination to “fool with” Mother Nature and her animals. Our garden is filled with wild creatures. The open space beyond our deer-fence […]