• Square Foot Gardener Founder Passes Away

     “80 percent of a garden was wasted space — “space that doesn’t need to be fertilized, watered or improved, but does need to be weeded.” Mel Bartholomew, one of the pioneers of urban agriculture, passed away this week.   Bartholomew encouraged gardeners to abandon the tradition of row gardening and grow

  • La familia que produce miles de kilos de comida en el patio de su casa (BBC Mundo)

    Beatriz Díez BBC Mundo, Los Ángeles / May 6, 2016 See original article Lo que empezó como una afición se convirtió en un estilo y filosofía de vida: una “revolución casera”, como la presentan sus creadores, la familia Dervaes. Jules Dervaes vive con sus hijos Anais, Justin y Jordanne en

  • Homestead Crafts: Canning Lid Flower

    For those of us who like to “Put Up” one can never have too many canning jars; however,  there comes a tipping point when you MUST deal with too many used lids and rims.  Well, at least for me.  LOL I am always searching for creative crafts to use up

  • Chicken Butt!

    Guess what?   Far from being a silly rhyme-arific, for farming folks, there’s something to be had for clean chicken butts!  A fluffy and clean backside is a sign of a healthy and happy hen. I recall a time when we were teaching one of our Raising Chickens class one of

  • DE Dusting

    The last 5 winters have been a dry one for Southern California.  This winter we had a bit rain more, though still short of normal,  but nothing like the Godzilla of El Nino that they were forecasting.  With spring just a few days away and now that we have an

  • Earth Hour

    Exposure to bright light at night can disrupt the internal clocks that make our various circadian cycles tick. Such cycles affect behavioral rhythms, daily changes in blood and urine chemistry, and the production of melatonin, a hormone involved in wake/sleep cycles and body-temperature fluctuations that is produced at night by

  • Edible Flowers

    The earth laughs in flowers – Ralph Waldo Emerson Spring not only brings with it cheerful bird songs but cherry edible flowers to our homestead in the city.   We’ve been growing edible flowers since the lawn was smothered some 20 years ago.    In the late 1980’s we decided that

  • Kids Learn About Chickens & Eggs

    It’s always fun to have kids visit the homestead and learn about where their food comes from.    This session was about Chickens & Eggs.    After introduction and a short quiz, we showed the difference between store bought and home laid eggs.  Could they tell the difference?  They sure could.  The

  • Hugel Mound

    Hugels or hugelkultur seem to be the “buzz” word on the internet these days.  I came across this technique years ago so am naturally drawn to anything that “saves water” and increases production thru self-fertilization.  Eager to learn and help with the building of a hugel mound almost in our

  • A New Chapter

    If you live in the city and garden, you are well aware that city gardening/farming is a bit more challenging as one has to do with the close proximity of neighbors … and their trees.   Who doesn’t love trees but sometimes that majestic tree turns into a nuisance when it