Why Grow Potatoes? Ahh, the beloved potato. This starchy little turd-shaped tuber we all know and love is responsible for so much prosperity and sometimes misery. Beginning in the ancient Andes region of South America and spreading to every corner of the modern world, the human-potato partnership has grown to blockbuster proportions over thousands of years. […]
Lamb’s Ear Overview Lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) is one of my new favorite plants. Known for its light gray-green color and ultra fuzzy leaves, this low growing border plant is much more than just a pretty face. It is useful, edible, kid friendly, hardy, drought tolerant, and attracts bees like nobody’s business. Intrigued? So was […]
Why Edible Landscaping? Edible landscaping is the practice of removing ornamentals and replacing them with edible plants. In our water district, it is estimated that over 50% of all household water is used to water landscaping. With sustainability in mind, it stands to reason that if you are going to spend money and resources to […]
Buying a nesting box (or boxes) for your chickens can be expensive. If you are looking to save a little money, here are some plans for the DIY nesting box I built for my coop. Materials At least two matching dishpans Snips Cable ties (at least four per nesting box) Drill Assembly Using your snips,
[sharexy] It has been a hectic few days around here. The Spring Fire began as a 10 acre brush fire and has grown to consume over 10,000 acres of tinder dry Southern California brush. Although we are nestled in the center of our community and not adjacent to the brushy hills, the fire could be […]
Below are easy-to-follow instructions on how to us recycled pallets to grow more green. Enjoy!
You can Garden in a Straw Bale? I wish this was my original idea, but it is not. I am always looking for an inexpensive, labor-and-back-friendly way to expand my raised garden beds. When I was introduced to this technique at the local community garden, it seemed too good to be true. So I tried […]
Why is Biodiversity important? According to Wikipedia, biodiverstiy is simply “a measure of the health of ecosystems“. I can’t control a lot of things out there, but I can control a thing or two on my postage stamp on Earth. And hopefully leave it better than I found it. With that in mind, every insect, […]