Gardening Know-How

Seed Starting Tips for Beginners

Starting plants from seed is one of the most economical ways to get your vegetable garden going but I often find most new gardeners are more than a little intimidated by the process. So, in this post, I want to…

Saving Water in the Veggie Garden

Although we have been receiving less than normal rainfall for three years now, having an official declaration of drought in California really has people thinking. It’s pretty much been the topic in the nursery all week. Although it would be…

Buying the Best Bare Root Fruit Trees

I love bare root fruit trees. So much potential is contained in those now dormant branches. This week we received our bare root fruit trees at the nursery and already they are going home to gardens in the county. Buying…

What To Do With Frost Damaged Plants

Over a month ago, we had a hard freeze here on the Central Coast. Some folks recorded temperatures in our normally mild area down around 23°. This almost record dip followed weeks of warm weather with highs in the mid…

Caring for Rieger Begonias

Rieger Begonias are one of my favorite indoor flowering plants. Their many-petaled blossoms come in colors that remind me of delicious candies; clear pinks and salmons, bright yellows and oranges and deep, velvety reds. The large blooms are contrasted nicely…

Preventing Peach Leaf Curl

 One of the downsides to my new location is it appears that I’ve moved into peach leaf curl country. From my own observations and amount of requests for help from clients, it’s pretty bad out there. Peach leaf curl is…

How to Countdown to Your Planting Time

I’ve been seeing a lot of “countdown to spring” posts the past couple of days. Get past Christmas and gardening is really all we think about, isn’t it? But the gardening season in my climate starts weeks before spring. So…

It’s Vertical Lettuce For Me!

organic lettuce planted in a vertical tower

Scroll down past the photos if you just want a quick list of what you will need. I experimented with the Ugly Lettuce Monolith back in February. My decision to grow lettuce vertically was based primarily on my adoption of…

A Garden of Ideas

I love to visit our local community gardens a couple of times each year because the gardeners are so creative. I always come home with ideas and inspiration. There will be several things I want to grow, build and try.…

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