Here’s something cool for a hot, hot day!

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Miscellaneous Monday 9-8-14

September 8, 2014

Happy Monday.  We’ve been hoping for rain (there have been a lot of promises!) but it’s just hot.  I’m looking forward to cooler weather but I can’t imagine ever wearing fleece again!   Anyway, now that I’ve vented, here is a selection for Miscellaneous Monday.

This website doesn’t look so great but don’t let that fool you – it’s full of Great resources

Weeds are always a problem and sometimes you have to take desperate measures.   If you have to spray a herbicide, here’s a way to keep it contained. 

A natural bug repellent: Make this non-toxic spray

An interesting thought from Suzie’s Farm:

Nature provides us with moisture laden fruits and vegetables in the warm times and stores nutrient rich roots and vegetables in the winter when we need nutrients to ward off illness.

Have a great week!   Here’s a rooftop garden for you to enjoy:


Miscellaneous Monday 9-2-14

September 2, 2014

Wow, September already!   This is the time of year that is so exciting and so hopeful for the coming spring’s garden.   Lots to do!  If you are planting veggies here’s some info to get you going.

If you haven’t bought seeds yet, it’s not too late:  Heirloom/Non-GMO seed sources

If you are growing food to eat, that doesn’t mean you can’t have flowers, too!  Edible Flowers

Container gardening is a great way to plant in small spaces but how many plants can you plant?

It matters for cooking purposes…..which onion should I use?

I’ll be gardening in a much smaller area this year, but I can still think about Companion Planting, even if it’s in containers.

Keep in mind when you are planting which climate/region you are in.  San Diego is full of microclimates and what I can grow on the coast doesn’t always fare well inland, and vice versa.    Plant right by region

Don’t forget to check out the list of September Garden Chores for this month.

Remember this rule of thumb for planning perennial gardens: The width of the garden should be about twice the height of the tallest plant growing in it.

I love the late afternoon sun this time of year.
This shot was taken from my old front porch last year.



Back after a long break, Miscellaneous Monday is an assortment of interesting tidbits I thought were interesting and should share.

This is an interesting, and sobering, graphic on how California’s drought has progressed along:  188 Drought Maps

And check out these pictures:  Compare the photos

For an overall picture of the drought situation across the US, check out the US Drought Monitor

Storing your homegrown potatoes:

Here are a couple of water conservation websites to check out, too:

The San Diego County Landscape Design Manual incorporates the requirements of the County’s Water Conservation in Landscaping regulations: SD County Landscape Design Manual

Even with the drought, it’s okay to wash down your natives and drought-tolerants occasionally.  Natives and drought tolerant plants are resting this time of year so they don’t like too much water, but a quick spritz to wash off the plants and let them hydrate a little through their leaves is a good thing.

This is a great month to plant Bougainvillea. Find a nice wall or fence in full sun for your planting area.  Planting must be done with care. It’s important not to disturb the root ball when planting because the root ball is VERY finicky.  A good trick is to cut the bottom off  the pot, place the plant in the hole and slide the pot up and over.

And in closing, here’s a light moment in the garden.  Happy Monday and have a nice week!

Snails can be a menace, but sometimes they are cute.  No really, I said cute!  Check out Snails Upclose.

A Happy Place.... A Happy Place….






Roses have been blooming heavily since mid-April so they are slowing down now, but a round of fertilizer would give them some nourishment they can use for a little boost. Suggested feeding is 1 tbsp of urea per plant every other week. Fish emulsion is another great snack for your roses this month.

Rose careDeadheading is important to keep your roses from producing rosehips. Rosehips sap valuable energy from your rose plants, energy that is better used toward making more blooms. When you deadhead, clip the stems short to leave as much leaf material to aid in growth of the plant.

Typical Watering in June – two inches of water twice a week.

Mulching is important to maintain a consistent temperature for the roots and it will also help maintain moisture.


Happy June 1st!

June 1, 2014

I’ve never been to Lotusland, but looking forward to a visit someday. This will have to suffice in the meantime:

Flying Through Lotusland from Lotusland on Vimeo.

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The Garden Song

January 27, 2014

Good bye to legendary Pete Seeger May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014


Happy New Year!

January 1, 2014

Stating the obvious, has been on hiatus for a few months.   I’ve moved a couple of times, and I am without a garden at the moment.  I am feeling like a fish out of water.   Most of what I typically write about is what’s happening in my garden, so for the next few months, […]

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2013
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Diapers Do The Job….

October 28, 2013

Fortunately, it’s not what you think!  Diapers do the job, containing a great water retention project that is useful in gardens, too. Interesting video, and I learned a lot more than I expected. I wish I’d known about this when I was building my vertical succulent shutters! If the idea of buying diapers bothers you, […]

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Stapelia – Simple Pleasures

October 12, 2013

As evidenced two posts ago, I have moved.  The house was sold, the garden dismantled, plants given away, but a small collection of plants has traveled with me to my latest abode, a rental we’ll live in for a few months while our new little house gets a remodel.   A lot of my plants didn’t […]

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