It’s Apricot Season in Sunny California!


    For all of the smarty pants people making California jokes right about now — yes, we actually get cold enough here in Northern California for stone fruits. We even have snow. What now? Cat got your tongue? You just know that at this very minute someone form Minnesota or Nebraska or somewhere is [...]

No Garlic Left Behind (We’re Giving it Away!)

proven winners garlic

Every fall I watch in amazement as many of the gardeners around me tuck their beds in for the cold months. I can’t figure out if they don’t know they could have a cool-weather garden or if they’re just tired of tending one. Either way they’re missing out big time. Fall-winter gardens are seriously under-utilized. [...]

My Re-Purposed Spice Rack Kitchen Garden and Table Stand Raised Garden


Try to get past the incredibly catchy names, okay? These are two vertical gardening ideas that I created for my new vertical vegetable book (Title-To-Be-Determined, released in January 2013). Husband-Extraordinaire and I found the spice rack for the Spice Rack Kitchen Garden at a garage sale for $3, which had us jumping up and down [...]

Newly Dug Lawn Garden Beds: The Good, The Bad, and The Awesomeness


Look at these pathetic little dudes… So, here’s what happened to the new garden beds we dug into the lawns on the suburban farm this year. Remember the front lawn garden beds? Well…we didn’t add much of anything after we dug up the sod. We purchased a couple of bags of compost at the store [...]

Is Your Neighborhood Edible?

Front yard beds

And now, a shout-out for a fantabulous Bay Area Edible Landscaping Tour and very worthy non-profit organization ~ Many thanks to Suburban Farmer who has graciously invited me to write this guest post to shamelessly promote a good thing: Common Ground’s 4th Annual Edible Landscaping Tour is coming up this Saturday, July 24th, 11AM to [...]

What Happens in My Garden While I’m Bitching


Unfortunately, many of you have been privy to my incessant complaining of this bizarre Northern California weather. But in between this miserable gloom and doom, we’ve clearly had our sunny days. Just not enough to satisfy me. Oh yeah, the clouds part for a day or two, but is it enough to keep me from [...]

So Much Land…Too Bad It’s Under Sod


Husband-extraordinaire literally flipped the sod over (Thankfully, there was a chiweenie nearby to supervise). No turning back now… Getting closer to the planting stage. Okay…so the neighbors have moved from suspicious to curious. At least I think that was curiosity I saw on their faces. Several days ago, We performed suburban blasphemy and dug a [...]

Move Over Big Ag…Home Ag is Moving In


Photo by WoodleyWonderWorks Growing things isn’t brain surgery. After all, squirrels do it everyday and without – I might add – opposable thumbs. They hide acorns away for literally a rainy day and half the time they forget about it. The next thing you know, there stands a mighty oak that ends up housing and [...]

My Winter Broccoli Braves the Cold – And Wins


As I’ve mentioned before, Northern California isn’t known for it’s snowpack. That said, we did have winter snow this year (yes, you read that right – snow) and freakishly low temps even for Nor Cal. I was a negligent gardener this fall and got my broccoli in on the late side (to say the least), [...]

Modern Homesteading on the Suburban Farm


Photo by Izafineday You’ve probably figured out that there are tremendous advantages to growing your own food, or you probably wouldn’t be at this site. But I’d like to revisit the undeniable benefits so that there’s no doubt left in your mind, that farming in your own backyard is the right idea. Remember the Victory [...]