Category: Garden Tips & Musings

Preserving is Beautiful

October 1981 Often people have summed up their summer’s garden experience to me, saying that even if one did not add in the hours of labor, they hardly would have paid the water bill with what they didn’t have to buy at the store. If they had preserved some of that produce in some of… Read more »

A Little Winter Garden Chit-Chat

November 1999… Seems like months ago I was preaching about planting Y2K gardens. I actually took my own advice for a change and my back yard is beautifully boisterous with adolescent winter crops – sown from seed in mid-August which was perhaps a little late for some things, but looking fresh and gorgeous now. I’ve… Read more »

July’s Garden – There is Still Time to Plant

Steamy July is later than backyard gardeners usually think of sowing seeds. You look out at all the telescoping lettuce and spinach and yellow broccoli blossoms and promise yourself to do better next year. Actually, though, this is a great time to plan green beans, summer squash, cucumbers, warm weather herbs like basil and cilantro… Read more »

January, after the Storm of 1982

San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains The great storm of ’82 is still very much an active force in our hearts and minds. I find myself daily continuing with thoughts stemming directly from that experience. One of the most interesting memories from the first couple of days when “progress” had slammed to a halt was… Read more »

Muddy Garden

February…. It’s harder than usual to write about gardening, since my soil is actually mud, and rumor has it that we’ll be having rains most of the time until the end of April. Who knows! We actually did get outside and weed all the little winter grass sprouts and chickweed and the snarly bedstraw out… Read more »

Thoughts on a Winter Garden

We’ve certainly taken the plunge into juicy winter. So far it’s come gently. The persimmons still glow on the branches, but the leaves have all dropped off in this slow but persistent rain. The garden season is complete now, and the beds are mulched or sprouting their soil-holding cover crops. All that remains to eat… Read more »

Y2K, Ready or Not? Plant Now!

At my work selling seeds to nurseries and garden centers all over the country, I’ve been getting phone calls from people wanting to stock up on seeds, particularly open-pollinated varieties so they can save their own for the year 2000. I guess there are folks, particularly in Idaho and South Carolina, who figure once the… Read more »