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Following Golden Gate Gardening's planting guides for foggier microclimates the sprouting trays are now seeded with: Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Broccoli Kale Turnip Our back porch window boxes and containers are seeded with: Arugula Rouge d'Hiver Other lettuces Chard Spinach was not happy there, too much direct sun. It did... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at BlueDozer
An early hot spell caused our kale and arugula to bolt. Both plants are healthy and seed production is prolific. http://howtosaveseeds.com/seedsavingdetails.php http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-kale-and-collards-growing-and-seed-saving-info.html Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at BlueDozer
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When I planted seeds I created a chart with estimated dates so I wouldn't accidentally scrap something that still needed a little more time. Quinoa, amaranth, both kinds of corn, blue lake beans, bunny tails and thyme all sprouted. Goat horn peppers, ground cherries and cumin did not. Three of... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at BlueDozer
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In general I prefer to direct-sow seeds right in their intended location. Unfortunately there are a couple spots in the garden that have failed to sprout. To eliminate pests, micro conditions and old seeds as possible factors I decided to use the start-and-transplant approach. After rolling a set of newsprint... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at BlueDozer
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I refer to these colorfuls little clusters of daisy-like flowers as the purps. People have told me the name but I didn't write it down. Anyone know what they are? This type of plant used to be common in backyard gardens but fell out of fashion some time ago. They... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at BlueDozer
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The Front of the house has planting areas right agaist the front wall. We didn't want to trap moisture against the stucco so we needed something that didn't require watering. Solution: succulents, surrounded by tumbled glass landscape rock for a pop of color. These Hen-and-chicks are so happy they're flowering.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at BlueDozer
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Every garden needs a plan, even if it is only temporary. Ultimately we'd like proper landscaping, grade adjustment and a shed/studio but just getting the professional plan is too costly at the moment. I drew out a map of the back yard and decided to farm it. The blue areas... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at BlueDozer
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Planted peas & carrots this year. The sweet peas in the back were expected to climb the trellis but for some reason they don't grab on to the metal. Had to add string and thin wooden dowels to get them to wrap tendrils around. The carrots, which need to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at BlueDozer
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The first California Poppies of the year bloomed this past weekend. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at BlueDozer
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Golden Gate Gardener refers to White Ramping Fumitory as a "Frolicsome Weed." This tricky weed looks like carrot, parsely, or cilantro when it first sprouts and could easily be confused with california poppies a little later on. Although it may be considered a wildflower in some areas it isn't native... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at BlueDozer
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Planted before Christmas, the favas all came up at different times. Just took off all the cloches today due to their size and a relatively warm day (i.e. 60 degrees.) Might have lost a couple beans to raccoons but the bamboo skewers seem to have protected most of them. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at BlueDozer
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Didn't cover on Wednesday night so some of the plants further from the house had some frost-damaged leaves. Looking around the garden this morning it's a good thing I covered last night. Need to do a bit more tonight. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at BlueDozer
Walking though the garden after a vacation is like doing a roll call. Is everything present and accounted for? Missing: Black Swallowtail Butterfly larvae disappeared before the holiday, still no show Scarlet Runners mid-yard have been eaten by insects Rhubarb is down to one leaf Present Fava beans Sugar snap... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at BlueDozer
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Signs of spring in our garden. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at BlueDozer
We should never keep seeds longer than a year. The germination rate goes way down as time passes unless the seed is one of those that are hard-shelled for longevity. The kept-too-long seeds probably won't sprout but I've decided to plant them anyway. These are this year's long shots were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at BlueDozer
Every time I plant Morning Glory seeds I'm amazed they still come up. I guess I shouldn't be. The packet instructions say to nick them with a file and let them soak overnight. The seeds are sort-of hard-shelled to keep them around through rough times. They are harder-shelled than things... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at BlueDozer
Several years ago, while living in the SouthBay, I posted a list of area farmers markets. Now that we've moved to The City I need to discover our local ones. Looks like there's a farmer's market every day but Monday. Market Type Location Schedule Hours Heart of The City Farmers'... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at BlueDozer
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