lef growing on California Lilac
Gardening, Photography

January 2016 – Garden Photos

I know it is February 3rd, and I am just now posting January Garden Photos. I could have backdated the post by a few days, but the truth is I just now got them edited to put up. January in a California native garden is actually just the beginning of a magical time. Especially if… Continue reading January 2016 – Garden Photos

The Happy Little Gardener versus the Odious Manduca quinquemaculata.
Gardening, Humor

A Gardener’s Midsummer Nightmare!

It began in late winter. The hopes, the dreams, the plans. The Happy Little Gardener scoured seed catalogs and stores for just the right ones. Choices were made and 6 weeks before the predicted last frost date, the delicate little seeds were hopefully nestled into nutrient rich seeding medium in a draft free place with… Continue reading A Gardener’s Midsummer Nightmare!

Gardening

October 2014 Garden Update

Ah Fall! The time of regrowth in my garden. Yes, I said regrowth. Many people quip that we don't have seasons in California, but that isn't true. We do, it's just a little different from the way many people who are more familiar with the traditional four seasons are used to. We have three seasons… Continue reading October 2014 Garden Update

Gardening

DIY: Self Watering Planter

My yard is mostly clay. Attempting to grow anything other than native plants can be quite difficult without a lot of soil amendments and water. So, for the last few years I have been experimenting with container gardening for my edibles. This year was another dismal year. The plants started with such promise, but ended… Continue reading DIY: Self Watering Planter