A fascination with little tiny objects – that’s probably how it started.
I remember collecting seeds in my mother’s garden as a child. I’d gather minuscule flat honey-tan alyssum seeds. In my pocket linings I’d hoard round red-brown glossy seeds from a special heirloom flower.
Vegetables came from seeds in those days. If nursery 6-packs existed, I didn’t know about them. The next-door neighbor would gift an occasional veggie start, but for the most part we sprouted everything ourselves. Continue Reading
“Buy Local.” Why do we keep saying that? Why is it important? What does it accomplish?
How: Buy your food from the most local producers you can find. For instance my farmers’ market often features vendors as close to L.A. as Moorpark, Lompoc, and Tehachapi. Try to shop first at the most-local vendors.
Shift your consciousness to view chain stores as a “last resort,” where you fill in a few remaining ingredients that the local farmers might not have.
Environmental benefits: When you buy from local farmers you reduce your food miles -the transportation (and greenhouse gas emissions) of your food.
Arborist Pieter Severynen has a wealth of wisdom to share.
In this 3-part workshop series you’ll learn how to make each pruning cut count – you’ll be able to tell the reason you made that particular cut!
You’ll learn how to adapt your pruning decisions or different types of trees. You’ll learn about good cuts and bad cuts, as well as how to select and maintain good tools. You’ll learn about planting trees, and how to have a lifetime relationship with them. Continue Reading
Many popular garden books promote methods such as the “Lasagna method”: You layer materials such as cardboard, black plastic, compost, mulch, etc., on top of grass and create a garden. In Southern California we must evaluate such recommendations carefully:
Does the person who is telling of great Lasagna success live in a year-round growing season, or do they have the benefit of a frost to help eradicate weeds and pests?
Does the storyteller have Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon)?
Are they speaking of long-term success: Have their observations endured beyond Bermuda’s regrowth timespan or were those Lasagna layers very recently applied?
Here in Southern California, without frost of any significance and with nearly every backyard being populated with Bermuda grass, in my experience there is only one long-term viable solution: Continue Reading
If the only peas you’ve ever tasted are those chalky greyish marbles from the grocery store’s freezr section, you’re really missing out!
Alderman peas are sweet, tender, and delicious. They’ve got a depth of flavor, a “greenness,” that gives them flavor dimension. Your body aches for something that tastes this fresh and healthy and good. Continue Reading
note: if you missed this workshop (or if you attended and enjoyed it) we are working out the details to have Pieter teach a 3-part series in January 2017. stay tuned!
A late summer pruning can really help shape your fruit trees. That’s why we’re inviting veteran arborist Peiter Severynen to the Community Garden. Pieter is a font of wisdom, so if you have a fruit tree, you won’t want to miss this!
You’ll learn that different kinds of fruit trees need different types of shaping to encourage production. You’ll learn how to make decisions about what to cut, and how to make the cuts themselves. Continue Reading