Winter garden

January 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm (garden) (, , )

In  California ,  it  is almost  time to plant,  things like broccoli , chard , lettuce, etc.   Except we  have  just gotten  past  3  weeks of freezes.  I  think  it  is  going to be late  this year .  I  tried  the oranges on the tree – not  ready. Too acidic  and  a little  bland.   There  was  only  one on  the ground and they just  didn’t  want  to  let go of  the tree  yet.  I  did  clear  the raised  bed  and I  moved  some of  the ollas  around   in  preparation for  planting , but I don’t  trust  the  weather  yet.

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ollas!

July 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm (garden) (, , )

So my  new  way  of  watering is with ollas.  This  is  an old  method of  watering plants, really  good  for areas  that don’t hae a  lot of  natural  watering. There is a  little bit  about  them here. The idea is that you take unglazed pots with narrow openings and bury them in the ground. You place plants around them and fill them with water. The water seeps through the walls of the pot , watering the plant. The idea is that the plants will take the water they need – drawing more water if they need it .

Most of my ollas were made by using a terracotta pot flipped over and epoxied ( marine epoxy ) into place.  I fill them through the hole that would have been the bottom of the pot. Most of mine are small – holding about a quart of water, but my garden is shallow. I do have one larger one – I glued two pots together, blocking one of the holes.

I wasn’t  sure  how  this  was going to  work , I  am  notoriously  bad at  watering. But  I  find  this  pretty  easy  – I  have to  fill my  watering can  there  times and  somewhat sloppily  fill  the ollas.   Every other  day is about  right , but  that is where the beauty  of  the  system  comes in –I can put  water in  them  everyday.   It  takes  less  time, and I  can’t  over  water.   Also  it  works  the way  I  was  told.   Some of  my ollas  are  bone dry – and some are still half  full two  days  later.  I’ve  been  told  that  tomatoes  need less  water  and peppers  need  more – well , that is  how  it  seems to  be  playing  out.

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spring weeds

February 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm (fun, garden) (, )

In California, every thing grows. All the time. However, it is amazing what happens in the winter. Ground that has been dormant for over six months is, after a few days of rain, a foot deep in weeds. Then the fun begins ( I see you DH, but I mean it ) . The sun comes out, and it gets warm enough that you feel compelled to go out side and you weed.  All it takes is slow steady pulling and -pop-  the weed is out of the ground.  In no time you have enough weeds to cover at least 3 dead bodies. If you are lucky, the rain will hold off one more day – and you can do it again .

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Coreopsis (Tickseed)

July 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm (garden) (, )

This is one of the plants in my front garden and it came from a friend of mine. Seems to love the hot sun and low water of my front yard. Mostly I am throwing this up on my blog so I remember what it is. It looks like there are a number of different colors according to this website, so I might go look for some more. Gotta say I don’t love the name.

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Weeds OMG Weeds!!!

April 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm (domestic life, garden) ()

So there was a lot of rain. which means ginormo gargantuan weeds. The interesting thing – If I completely ignored them , they would probbably be gone by August. However, if there was anymore rain … we might lose the house under the weeds

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Growing vegetables

October 5, 2009 at 6:58 pm (food, garden) ()

This year was not a great year for vegetables. Not due to anything weather/ environment related, but because I got sick and didn’t ask DH to water. But I live in CA, so I optimistically replanted my fried plants. I now have tons of parsley, mint, basil and some sage. I have bell peppers and my tomatoes are getting ripe. Plus I recently planted broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce. Small salad for one today.
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