Eco Friendly Gardening

If You Grow Only One Pepper

California is in a pretty serious drought right now so I’ve scaled back my vegetable garden considerably, choosing to focus on maintaining larger plants like fruit trees and shrubs with the water I use. I have limited myself to only…

Create a Natural Bug Barrier

I get a lot of questions this time of year about dealing with bugs. They normally start out with, “Something is eating my lettuce, beans, strawberries, (insert your newly planted babies here).” And it’s frustrating. I know. Putting out a…

Do it for the Birds–Ditching Imidacloprid

While browsing the news online this morning I came across an article from the Smithsonian which talks about a study that found a link between the neonicotinoid pesticides like Imidacloprid and a decline in local bird populations. The pesticide has…

Beneficial Bugs in Action!

It’s been years since I’ve grown Fava beans and I didn’t recall them being so attractive to black aphids. A quick Google search, however, proved just how strong that attraction was. I saw advice on dealing with them from pinching…

Roses for Coastal Gardens

For the most part, we have great weather here on the coast allowing us to grow many plants with ease. Our cool, foggy mornings and warm afternoons, however, do cause some problems growing plants that are already prone to disease.…

Your Easiest Raised Bed Ever!

I was going to title this “The Lazy Gardener’s Raised Bed” but then you would know something about me. When it comes to some aspects of gardening, I like to cut a few corners. Right now there is so much…

To Begin Again

I haven’t been posting much this spring because earlier this year I moved. So did my garden. New house, new dirt, new advantages and difficulties. Change can be a little disorienting, especially in the garden. The moving process itself took…

Some traditions are meant to be broken.

When we become gardeners, we learn from those who gardened before us. Some things we learn from books. Some we learn from people. Growing up, I learned that wasps were not allowed to build nests in the yard. Why? They…

Ugly Lettuce Monolith Gets Better

The ugly lettuce monolith is not quite as ugly anymore. Amazing how a little bit of greenery makes everything look better. Last weekend I constructed the tower and filled it with things to be composted, composted material and top soil.…

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