• WHISTLE WHILE WE WORK

    The guys just finished making three beautiful cedar boxes for the front porch. Ah, the front porch, a wasted growing space! All we have growing there now is basically houseplants like ferns, ivy, orchids — you get the picture. The challenge for us this year will be to get some

  • & MORE RAIN…

    We needed rain and boy did we sure get it! Perhaps it’ll clear up today? Can’t wait ’till Spring! San Gabriel Nursery had some herbs that I haven’t seen anywhere else —Yerba Buena andMoujean Tea, so, sucker as I am for sweet smelling herbs, I brought some home. While searching

  • & MORE RAIN…

    We needed rain and boy did we sure get it! Perhaps it’ll clear up today? Can’t wait ’till Spring! San Gabriel Nursery had some herbs that I haven’t seen anywhere else —Yerba Buena andMoujean Tea, so, sucker as I am for sweet smelling herbs, I brought some home. While searching

  • AND STILL RAINING

    God made rainy days, so gardeners could get the housework done.~ Author Unknown ~ This storm is a big one!!! The weather guys estimate those of us in the foothills (which we are) will get about 7″ of rain…. though I wish it was spread out a bit, all that

  • IT'S RAINING

    Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth;without rain, there would be no life. ~ John Updike ~ I know, we Southern Californians make a big deal when it rains here, full news coverage — Storm Watch, Storm Team and so on. But, we desperately need it,

  • IT’S RAINING

    Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth;without rain, there would be no life. ~ John Updike ~ I know, we Southern Californians make a big deal when it rains here, full news coverage — Storm Watch, Storm Team and so on. But, we desperately need it,

  • FABULOUS FUNGI

    We are trying to grow some mushrooms in our cellar This pictures shows the spores starting to materialize. In this experiment we purchased a mushroom kit and divided up the spores into several boxes (which are actually old drawers salvaged from the side of the road) to save some money.

  • GROOVY GRANOLA

    … it’s grrrrr-eat! Had a request for our granola recipe, so here it is folks. Enjoy! 2 cups regular rolled oats 1/2 cup flake coconut 1/2 cup slivered almonds, peanuts, or pecans (I personally like the pecans) 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup sesame seed 1/2 cup honey or maple

  • SIGNS OF SPRING

    The past couple days have been busy ones! Made some granola, peanut butter, large batch of vegetable soup and handmilled soaps yesterday. We purchased some semi-dwarf fruit trees and cut them down to 30″ to make bush fruit trees as described by the space saving method:Backyard Orchard Culture Growing Fruit

  • THE AMAZING PURPLE GOOSEFOOT

    Or otherwise known as Magenta Lambs Quarter which was introduced by Peace Seeds ca.1983, and is a summer salad must! Iridescent magenta young leaves and stem tips are striking in salad with a tenderness and a taste like that of lambs quarter’s. I have to tell our customers that it’s