Monthly Archive: March, 2014

Not In It To Win It: The Good Sportsmanship Award Goes To. . .

I started playing golf when I was 7 years old.  I began hitting away on a 4-hole course, advanced to 9-holes, and eventually played rounds of 18.  I played most of the year,… Continue reading

Great Tomato Plant Sale

For those of you living in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Contra Costa Master Gardeners is holding its Great Tomato Plant Sale beginning on April 5th in Walnut Creek. Click on the… Continue reading

Can’t We All Just Get Along? No: Frenemies in Companion Planting

Not all companion plantings get along.  While you can plant strawberries and onions together, and strawberries and beans together, you can’t plant beans and onions together.  Its like the best friend triangle back… Continue reading

Sidebar: The Quarter-Acre Farm, by Spring Warren

If you’re feeling a little crazy and considering turning your front and/or backyard into a small permaculture farm, The Quarter-Acre Farm, by Spring Warren, is a great book to read.  It gives you… Continue reading

Sidebar: Sun Calculators

Tracking the Sun’s position over your property helps to determine how much sun or shade there is during the day and where the sun and shade are on your property during the day.… Continue reading

Not Just Another Pretty Face: The Marigold

When I think back to my childhood summers, what comes to mind are my mother’s flowerpots overflowing with pansies, geraniums, petunias and marigolds.  My favorite flower was the marigold with its fiery pop… Continue reading