Miscellaneous Monday 2-23-15

February 23, 2015

A New York Times Opinion Piece:  Look Carefully at those Seeds.

This is good to know.  I have a stash that probably needs to be culled.  How long do seeds last?

Visuals are always good:  Everything you need to know about vegetable gardening in one graphic.

I’m growing blueberries and citrus trees in pots:  Growing fruit in pots

Good basic info to have under your gardening belt: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

Do you need some help? Cooperative Extensions across the country

Here’s a fun video with some great gardening hacks.  Happy Monday!!!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2015

Love is all around us, especially in the garden. I share with you a couple of found images from my garden.  The image on the left is a petal from a rockrose that blew onto an aloe, and the image on the right is a petal from a camellia flower that was on my front path.  Random, spontaneous reminders all year long!  Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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February Garden Tasks

February 1, 2015

We’re into February and headed to Springtime! We’ve have some rain and cooler weather, so I feel like this year has started out more normally than last year, but that’s what keeps it interesting in the garden, right?

Pruning and fertilizing are big jobs this month, but remember, don’t prune frost-damaged plants until you see new growth sprouting. Look over February Garden Tasks and give your garden a nice start toward spring and summer.


I was in Balboa Park today and these beauties are along Park Boulevard across from Spanish Village and the Natural History Museum. Stunning vision from all angles!

Tabebuia impetiginosa, aka Trumpet Tree or Purple Tabebuia, is not native to the US and has a very limited growing area here. Read more about this beautiful tree….

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January 2015 Garden Tasks

January 2, 2015

Okay, you’ve had the first day of the year to recover from 2014, so now there’s work to do in the garden. Check out the January Garden Tasks to help you get organized and git ‘er done. Happy New Year!!! Here’s to a beautiful garden all year…..

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

Here’s to 2015 and a new start to 3000Tomatoes.  It’s been over a year of selling, buying, moving, remodeling and moving again.  Finally, we’re settling into our new little house and I have dirt under my fingernails again, so let’s garden together!  Happy New Year!!!



My vintage postcard collection includes quite a few postcards of poinsettia, which cross over from my garden collection to San Diego history as well.

Poinsettia were a novelty during the early years of the 20th century. Of course, San Diego has the perfect growing climate and has capitalized on that fact.  In fact, the poinsettia was the official flower of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

529-A Field of Poinsettias in CA


Largest Poinsettia Field

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Houseplants – Indoor Living Filter

September 14, 2014

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 […]

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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 […]

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Miscellaneous Monday 8-25-14

August 25, 2014

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 […]

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