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


Taking Care of the Labradoodle Puppies


It’s too wet to garden and I’m spending my time raising six Australian Labradoodle puppies. Mind you, I’m not complaining about the rain. We who live along the central coast don’t complain when we get rain. It is so desperately needed to keep our gardens growing and our Monterey Pines thriving.

I Thought my readers […]

Australian Labradoodle Puppies Are Here!

Tillie's puppies

Country Matilda Lil Miss Q “Tillie”

Thought I had better explain why I have not been gardening or posting on my garden website. I’ve also ignored the hens a bit. You see, I’ve been helping our lovely labradoodle “Tillie” with her six puppies, born in our bedroom on October 21. The little beauties, three […]

February Gardening on the Central Coast

Narcissus blooming in February

There’s lots to do in Central Coast gardens in February. Weeding, planting, and light fertilizing is a good start. Consult frost dates and chill hours in your area before you beginning planting seeds and selecting fruit trees. Some flower seeds can be planted this month as well as some vegetable seeds. Finish pruning deciduous plant and Mediterranean plants after flowering. […]

Mustard-A Beautiful Cover Crop

Mustard agains hill on ranchland of San Luis Obispo County

Mustard against hill on ranch land in San Luis Obispo County

Mustard is blooming all over San Luis Obispo County. It’s one of the many cover crops that farmers and ranchers plant to smother weeds and replenish nutrients in the soil. Mustard grows between grape vines, under orchard trees, and on grazing lands. It’s […]