Fantastic Fungi

September 6, 2017

I love Louie Schwartzberg’s (Blacklight Films) beautiful videos. Here’s a collaboration he did with Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti.


September in the Garden 2017

September 1, 2017

September in the Garden 2017 – I always like this time of year.  We’re finishing up our summer growing season, and this is when I start to think about cleaning out and prepping for the spring garden.  Here’s a monthly list of things to do in your garden this month.

September in the Garden





February in the Garden 2017

February 1, 2017

Already we’re a month into the new year!   February is the month I start seeing the possibility of my summer garden.  We’ve had lots of good rain so plants have gotten a good soaking.  As days are getting longer and the sun is shifting higher in the sky, plants are getting ready to start growing for the warmer months.   Pruning, weeding and fertilizing are going to be a major focus for gardening in February .   Get out there and garden!!!



Frosty came to visit….

January 2, 2017

We’re waiting for more rain, and the weather has been pretty nippy where I live. Frosty came to visit a few weeks ago.  So far, no frost damage in my garden, but the potential for damage is definitely there. I’m on the coast so it’s not as big a concern for me as it is for others, but I’m paying attention in my garden.

Succulents can really suffer when we have the double whammy of rain and frost. I’ve tried to move my more tender succulents under the protection of eaves, and I’m trying to make sure they drain well if they do get rained on. Too much water saturates the plant cells, and a frost will finish off tender succulents by damaging the saturated cells, killing whole sections of your succulent, if not the whole plant.  I found this out the hard way a few years back.

Another important point  to remember: If your other shrubs and small trees sustain frost damage, DO NOT PRUNE THE DAMAGED GROWTH!!! Leave it on the plant until you see new growth in the spring.

Frosty came to visit

That’s a thick frost on my neighbor’s roof!


Wow, here we are at the beginning of another year!

We’ve had great rain in the last couple of weeks, with the promise of more coming in the next week.  Worm castings and mulch are the priorities at the moment for me in my garden.

It’s cool in the yard, so most plants are in their resting phase.  They work hard the rest of the year, so let them gain their strength, because as soon as the weather hints at spring, they set their growing into motion.

Very importantly, I remind everyone at the new year to check your shot records for your last tetanus shot.  With our hands in the dirt, it’s important to be up to date on that one!

Here’s a more detailed list of things to do in the garden in January. Happy 2017!!!

Happy New Year 2017!  January in the Garden


Tomato Time

May 20, 2016

Here’s an interesting infographic on tomatoes.   I didn’t know about the copper wire around the base of the plant to prevent powdery mildew.  I wonder if it really works?

Tomato infographic by Victor PaiamCredit: Victor Paiam

A few more tomato tidbits for you:

A guide to Pruning Tomatoes

A guide to Grafting Tomatoes

And if you really want to get into the nitty-gritty, here’s a page from Cornell University.


Wild fruit before domestication look very different than we would recognize today.  I thought this video was very interesting!


May in the Garden 2016

May 2, 2016

May in the Garden 2016 Weeding, mulching, fertilizing and watering and pests; that’s what needs to be your focus this month.  The weather is getting warmer, the smell of flowers is in the air and most of us feel the need to get our hands in the dirt on a daily basis. Personally, I’ve been […]

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Aloe Leaf Propagation

April 27, 2016
Aloe Leaf Propagation

Having a puppy has its challenges, and Lassie has challenged my garden quite a bit over the last few months.  Today’s victim was a pretty aloe that spanned this pot.  The yellow arrow is pointing at what’s left of this pretty aloe.  There are a couple of pups that were hiding under the plant before […]

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My Fig Trees

April 24, 2016

I’m growing two figs in pots on my roof deck.  One is a Violette de Bordeaux and the other is a Janice Seedless Kadota Fig.  I chose these two varieties because they grow well in containers, and also for my coastal climate. So, here’s a little info on the care of fig trees: Irrigation: Young […]

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Propagating with Honey

April 23, 2016

I have never tried propagating with honey, but it makes sense since honey has enzymes that contain a natural antiseptic and antifungal properties. Pure or raw honey is better to use than generic honey you would buy in a store which typically are processed or pasteurized which would remove the beneficial properties. One method is […]

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