Category: Garden

WHAT DO GARDENERS WANT – THE LOCAVORE MOVEMENT AND MORE

WHAT DO GARDENERS WANT – THE LOCAVORE MOVEMENT AND MORE

Currently there are two distinct gardening mindsets at play. The homesteading and organic gardening movement has gained momentum. Sustainability, buying local produce, organic growing, and environmental issues are often in the media. On the other hand, there are those who employ gardeners and landscapers to do all the work so that they can sit back and enjoy the rewards. Modern gardening looks different than it did twenty years ago. So what do gardeners want, and is gardening a dying art? A Keyword search looking for what gardeners want had me...Read More
FREE WOOD CHIPS – ARE THEY FOR YOU?

FREE WOOD CHIPS – ARE THEY FOR YOU?

With the advent of companies offering to deliver free wood chips to your home, there is increased discussion online as to the benefits and possible dangers of using these services. There are some people who just love using wood chips and others who have dire warnings for you. Some of the pros and cons are worth thinking about. FREE WOOD CHIPS There are easy ways to get wood chips for free. But is it worth it? There has to be a catch right? There are now at least two companies...Read More
BE RID OF POWDERY MILDEW WITH THIS SIMPLE SOLUTION

BE RID OF POWDERY MILDEW WITH THIS SIMPLE SOLUTION

Powdery mildew is caused by a fungus. It can be airborne or remain dormant in garden beds until conditions are right. There are several varieties that attack different species of plants. Powdery mildew leeches nutrients and strength from your plants causing them to become weaker and produce fewer flowers. Eventually it will kill your plants. There are easy organic formulas to prevent and treat powdery mildew. Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. This means I may earn a small commission should you chose to sign up for a program or make...Read More
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES – FROM FEAST TO FAILURE

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES – FROM FEAST TO FAILURE

The growing season in the Bay Area has been erratic this year. We haven’t had any measurable rain for 6 months, and counting. This summer we seemed to have a lot of fluctuating temperatures and persistent heatwaves. Plants that usually flourish in the garden struggled, and failed. A significant number of days the thermometer under the eaves of the front porch registered 100F and above (usually 10+ degrees hotter than recorded temps because of location). One of the days was 104.2F! The back garden is sheltered by the house and...Read More
WHO ARE THE NOCTURNAL CRITTERS IN YOUR BACK YARD

WHO ARE THE NOCTURNAL CRITTERS IN YOUR BACK YARD

Throughout the night critters come out of their dens and traverse beaten paths in order to find food and mates. The suburbs are surprising rich with night wanderers. Critters such as opossums and skunks are beneficial to your garden. Understanding who they are and what they do may convince you to welcome them into your yard. THE OPOSSUM [caption id="attachment_1123" align="alignright" width="300"] Adult opossum in my backyard having a midnight snack.[/caption] Prehistoric gaping maw, ugly rat like monsters… They may look the part, but their nature is quite the opposite...Read More