Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 14:12

What can you do if you don’t have suitable ground for a garden? This can happen if most of your yard is in the shade or if you live in an apartment. The solution is a container garden.

If you have a 1 gallon container then you can plant

  • 1 basil
  • 1 parsley
  • 1 cilantro
  • 1 lettuce
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1 pole bean
  • 2 beet
  • 2 turnip
  • 10 radishes

If you have a 5 gallon container then you can plant

Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 09:30

Book review: Farm City, the education of an urban farmer by Novella Carpenter.

A stocking-cap clad man told Novella Carpenter “Whatever you do, don’t go to Oakland.” That was enough for Novella. Unloved Oakland drew Novella like a siren call. Little did Novella know that she would start a full farm by squatting on land that she did not own in a part of Oakland so bad that it is nicknamed “Ghost Town.”

Submitted by admin on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 16:52

My most wildly successful garden project was making a worm composting bin. My worms produce a steady supply of home made plant fertilizer. Worms eat plant material and excrete the casting. I mix the casting into the planting bed and regularly spray my growing plants with worm casting tea.

Worm composting is easy. I made my bin in just a couple of hours. Within a month my bin was producing worm castings from kitchen scraps.

instructions

tools

* drill

materials

wine barrel tomato
Submitted by admin on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 12:23

Tomatoes need deep soil to produce a bumper crop of tomatoes. What can you do if you need to plant your tomatoes quickly but don’t have the time or space to properly prepare a tomato garden? Plant your tomato plants in wine barrels. A half of a wine barrel will hold two tomato plants.

Wine barrel instructions

tools

* saw (to cut the barrel in half)
* drill
* 1 inch drill bit
* staple gun

materials

* wine barrel
* 10 2″ square wire mesh (to go over the 1 inch holes)

Submitted by admin on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 07:16

Growing tomatoes in containers is demanding because tomatoes need lots of soil to produce lots of fruit. The solution is very large (20 gallon) breathable fabric planters.

Cabrillo College plant sale
Submitted by admin on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 15:17

The Cabrillo College Plant Sale is coming up on May 10,11,12 – Mothers day weekend. Yikes – where does the time go?

I usually see a lot of mountain neighbors. For those not familiar, the students of the Cabrillo College horticulture program grow plants every year and have an amazing sale. The funds benefit the horticulture program. The native plants sell out quickly – so we usually go on Friday (May 10).

chicks
Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:20

We have chicks but no chicken coop!

Eight weeks ago we picked up our barred rock chicks from Scotts Valley Feed.

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