Tag: edible gardening

A Gardener’s Midsummer Nightmare!

The Happy Little Gardener versus the Odious Manduca quinquemaculata.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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September Garden Update

I have been sneaking out early in the morning to get a little work done in the garden because it is still hot here by 10 a.m. And with Hurricane Norbert heading north it is going to be pretty humid for the next few days. Fingers crossed that it will bring us some desperately needed …

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Back for another round of NABLOPOMO.

Have I lost my mind to go back to trying to write a blog every day for the next month after 5 months off? Probably. But with my little guy back in school full time 5 days a week I hope I might have a bit more time than last year when he was out at …

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May 2014 Garden Update

This is a busy beautiful time in my yard. I got the lawn organically treated a few weeks ago and I finally trimmed the monster tree in the front yard – I wasn’t spending $250! M is still not thrilled the roots of the tree are breaking through the grass, but now that the lawn …

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April Garden Update

I have been busy busy busy in the garden, hence there haven’t been many blogs the last month. The pile of dead grass is gone and the space leveled. The freesias and plum tree are done blooming for the year, but there are so many beautiful and exciting things happening in the rest of the …

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Garden Update for March

I know most of you are laughing at us here in California for a paltry 5″ of rain in one weekend. But for us that is a lot. While we needed it desperately, we didn’t need it all at once. If that was spread out over a few weeks or even a month it would …

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