• PEACHES, RAIN & MULCH

    “Nature’s candy in my hand or can or pie…” ~Peaches ~ Finally receive a load of oak mulch for the yard. The four loads of mulch from last year are almost gone — decomposed into a wonderful rich, dark brown dirt. This year wasn’t even a good year for oak mulch. Since there wasn’t any […]

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  • CITY CHICKENS & URBAN FRUIT

    Our neighborhood nursery, Burkard’s, is having a summer sale so we purchased some fruit trees and stuff: ‘gala’ espalier apple, pepino dulce, red tea hibiscus, ‘grand nain’ banana, red strawberry guava and semi-dwarf apricots. They didn’t have any ‘ice cream’ bananas so we ordered one and hopefully it’ll come in soon. The grapes are full […]

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  • CITY CHICKENS & URBAN FRUIT

    Our neighborhood nursery, Burkard’s, is having a summer sale so we purchased some fruit trees and stuff: ‘gala’ espalier apple, pepino dulce, red tea hibiscus, ‘grand nain’ banana, red strawberry guava and semi-dwarf apricots. They didn’t have any ‘ice cream’ bananas so we ordered one and hopefully it’ll come in soon. The grapes are full […]

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  • CRAFTS N’THINGS

    «Vivian Leigh & Laurence Olivier» Today, a few members of the family helped a dear friend clean and organize her knitting books and yarn (50 years worth of collecting!). For our work, we bartered for her old sewing machine. Now, some of us girls hope that we might get some sewing done. We had an […]

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  • CRAFTS N'THINGS

    «Vivian Leigh & Laurence Olivier» Today, a few members of the family helped a dear friend clean and organize her knitting books and yarn (50 years worth of collecting!). For our work, we bartered for her old sewing machine. Now, some of us girls hope that we might get some sewing done. We had an […]

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  • WEBSITE IMPROVEMENTS

    We made some changes… Woo Hoo!!!! The new, improved PTF {Read WHAT’S NEW} is ready to launch. We added some new sections, tidied up, and rebuilt the site from the ground up {which was quite a humongous task… thanks for everyone’s help and hard work–all right guys, now you can pass out the soy ice […]

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  • GARDEN HARVEST

    Rainbow of color Here’s a photo of some of the heirloom tomatoes that we are growing {read complete heirloom listing}. The flavor has improve considerably, but unfortunately the currant tomatoes, which usually grow like weeds, are growing very, very slow. It looks like, hate to say, that there will be little, if any, currant tomatoes […]

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  • URBAN CHICKENS & GARDENING

    Purchased some tropical fruit from the folks at Long Beach Organics and local nurseries {Burkard’s & Armstrong’s}.   We are hoping to get more edible fruits incorporated in the yard. There is still (can you believe?) a lot of “dead space” and it will be challenging to fill every square inch of the yard. The […]

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  • URBAN CHICKENS & GARDENING

    Purchased some tropical fruit from the folks at Long Beach Organics and local nurseries {Burkard’s & Armstrong’s}.   We are hoping to get more edible fruits incorporated in the yard. There is still (can you believe?) a lot of “dead space” and it will be challenging to fill every square inch of the yard. The […]

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  • CLIMATE CHANGE & GARDENING

      *Sigh*, The heirloom tomatoes are not producing as they had in previous years. Because of the continual fluctuation of temperature (cool one day, scorcher the next) the tomatoes have stayed green on the vine for a considerably long time. When we do harvest the ripe ones, the flavor isn’t as good… sort of bland […]

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