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August 16, 2019

There's a movement afoot.  It's called the wild yard. 

As rising temperatures and loss of life on earth are proportionally related, people are searching for answers. "What can I do here at home?"

One thing that's easy, and that greatly benefits the local environment...

May 8, 2019

"Compost, Compost, Compost! Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!"

It is the UC Master Gardener mantra.

But, it's so much more than that.  

We have proof that our efforts at home can sequester carbon emissions and create healthy, abundant gardens. 

If you add a layer of compost and a layer...

January 25, 2019

In my Introduction to Landscape Architecture class, I decided to present a paper about Permaculture.  I stood out like a black thumb though, as the tradition behind landscape architecture is decidedly more architecture and surprisingly less landscape. (We are required...

March 16, 2018

I can't tell you how much I adore this plant. It's blooming now, in a North facing corner, not too unhappy about the lack of direct sunlight. This California native is an evergreen stunner and grows in more than 50 varieties.

Several ...

December 4, 2017

So I don't know about you, but the news has been crazy lately.  And with the holiday season upon us, I've notice how much better I feel if I can ignore my phone for a bit and get my hands dirty. It seems I always smudge my "good clothes" with a nice paste of loamy soil...

November 28, 2017

Our family is on the East Coast, so we usually have a Friendsgiving on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, I cooked the special cassoulet with duck confit offered by Good Eggs.  It was simple to put together, but after eating so much rich food, it was hard to e...

August 8, 2017

Some years it takes awhile longer to harvest tomatoes in the Bay Area summer.  This year I pampered my tomatoes with monthly fertilizer (my worm tea of course) and planted them with lots of crushed eggshells for the added calcium.

Tomatoes are vines, and so so many peop...

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