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Start Your Own Edible Vegetable and Herb Garden from Seeds

When I was speaking at the San Francisco Flower Show a few weeks ago, I  was asked to be on View From the Bay, an afternoon talk/variety show on the ABC TV affiliate in the bay area. I did a segment with correspondent Lisa Quinn (who is a hoot) where...


The Water is ON

I just turned the water on. Is that a big deal? I’m talking about irrigation water. And YES its a big deal because it has been off since  October. Yes OCTOBER. How did I manage to avoid watering for nearly six months? Easy! I grow low water plants. When I...


Time to Go Grassless!

Lots of green, no grass in my front garden I finally made front page news today!  The San Diego Union Tribune’s front page story was about people removing their lawns as a water-saving measure.  Reporter Mike Lee quoted me as a local expert: “It’s the beginning of the end of...


Stroll With Me Through Stone Brewing World Bistro Gardens

Yesterday, I visited Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in anticipation of the program I am doing there next Sunday, March 15.  For the Ides of March, I am leading a stroll through the brewery’s wonderful gardens. I remember the first time I visited Stone.  It was September of 2005...


Its raining! But this drought will never be over…

Today’s weather:   High 59.9 F, Low 38.6 F.   Today’s rain: 0.03″.   Rainfall so far this month 2.08 inches.   Rainfall so far this season (since July 2008) 6.56.”   ______________________________________ Its raining!  So, is the drought over? Hardly….  Even if this year’s rainfall is greater than normal,...


La Cocina Que Cantar

  Weather Report:  Last night’s low 35.7 F.  Today’s high: 81.5 F.  Precipitation: 0.    I spent most of this morning pruning fruit trees -an activity that I both love and hate.  More about that another day since it was the afternoon that was the highlight of my day. I...


On gardening and leeks

Weather Report:  Last night’s low 35.9 F.  Today’s high: 81.4 F.  Precipitation: 0.  What a glorious day!  Sunny, warm enough but not too warm, and I got to spend most of it gardening.  This morning was “garden club” at my children’s school.  Several years ago, the school asked me to...


Welcome 2009!

How wonderful to start a brand new blog on the very first day of the year!  I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time… First, a weather report: Today’s high was 62, last night’s low was 38.  Humidity was about 85% and there was virtually no precipitation.  Typical...

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