A home, a yard, a guy and a never-ending adventure

Posts about various things we’re doing in and around the gardens at Sage’s Acre.

4 11, 2019

Build a Keyhole Garden

By |2019-11-04T11:36:28-08:00November 4th, 2019|Garden|0 Comments

Keyhole Gardens are water efficient, easy to maintain and super productive in a small space. Here's how I built one without breaking the piggy bank. So I was sitting around late last winter reading the week’s Costco circular when I ran across an article about the success of something called a “keyhole garden” in remote villages of Africa. (What Costco had to do with this, I don’t know.) Anyhow, intrigued, I dropped the brochure and hopped over to the  [keep reading...]

1 11, 2019

Video: “Happy Red” Japanese Tomato

By |2019-11-06T12:32:43-08:00November 1st, 2019|Garden|0 Comments

Bought a Japanese tomato with no idea what it would be. I wasn't disappointed.Last spring I picked up a variety of odd-ball tomatoes from a local nursery. One was a complete mystery because the tag was printed in Japanese. An attempt to use Google Translate revealed only that it was "happy red" and "not much disease," which, fortunately, turned out to be true. Here's a quick video from August on the tomato: And here's the plant tag from the  [keep reading...]

29 10, 2019

My Keyhole Garden Through the Year

By |2019-11-06T12:51:04-08:00October 29th, 2019|Garden|1 Comment

Last winter I decided to build a keyhole garden. Every few weeks I'd go out and take a photo of it so I could remember how it progressed through the growing season. I'll write in detail about how I came to build a keyhole garden and what I learned soon. In the meantime, here's a photo gallery of the garden from its beginning in March through the end of the summer growing season in October.  [keep reading...]

18 10, 2019

Plain Old Burlap: The Most Versatile Plant Protection

By |2019-10-18T09:29:48-08:00October 18th, 2019|Garden, Tools|0 Comments

When it comes to protecting your plants from the elements, consider this humble, all organic fabric If you live in one of the warmer climate zones here in the south and western United States, fall presents a different set of garden challenges than it does for our neighbors in cooler places. While they’re taking precautions against frost, we’re dealing with hot, sunny days that can reach into the upper 80s or low 90s and nights that will drop into the  [keep reading...]

2 10, 2019

Fall Finally! Let’s Get to Work!

By |2019-10-03T10:19:25-08:00October 2nd, 2019|Garden|0 Comments

I’ve been reading “what to plant for fall” stories since August. In some ways I’m jealous of people who can start their fall garden in late summer, but it’s not an option here in the San Diego county foothills. By August the sun is directly overhead and it hasn’t rained in four months or more. The ground is hot and dry, the air is hotter and drier. All the natives drop their leaves and other plants, even mature, well-watered ones,  [keep reading...]

23 09, 2019

How to Save Seeds the Lazy Way

By |2019-09-23T16:47:58-08:00September 23rd, 2019|Garden|0 Comments

Summer's Over! Let's get a start on next year's garden now with little to no effort Happy first day of Autumn. With the exception of the pumpkins and some stragglers in the beans and tomatoes, my summer garden is pretty much done. But before I clear out the beds to make room for fall and winter stuff, I like to go through and collect seed from my favorites and stash it away for next spring and to exchange with others.  [keep reading...]

1 08, 2017

Time to fly the nest buddy

By |2019-09-19T09:34:51-08:00August 1st, 2017|Garden|0 Comments

The woodpeckers that occupy one of the giant agave stalks out front have been trying to get their chick out of the nest for at least a week. Actually, it's not really a "chick" anymore since its as large as its parents. It's more like a 26 year-old millenial that won't move out and expects mom to keep the fridge stocked. He's probably got an XBox in that nest.

26 07, 2017

High summer corn pr0n

By |2019-09-19T14:56:08-08:00July 26th, 2017|Garden|0 Comments

It's mid-summer and the second round of sweet corn is coming in nicely. This variety is Incredible, an F1 Hybrid SE variety. At 84 days it's a little longer to maturity than the Honey Select we harvested back at the beginning of the month, but it's well-worth the wait.

22 07, 2017

Grow your own all natural luffa sponges

By |2019-11-06T14:07:37-08:00July 22nd, 2017|Garden|1 Comment

Forget $6 for that all natural sponge at the bath store. You can grow a enough to fill a whole bathtub for about $2. I used to grow luffa sponges for farmers markets, outdoor festivals, street fairs and the like. People would walk by the booth, see these huge bushel baskets of Luffas in every size from a pickle up to a baseball bat. Nearly every time the first question was "how do you grow these?" Rather than giving  [keep reading...]

26 06, 2017

Oh How the Garden Grows (Time Lapse Edition)

By |2019-11-06T14:12:24-08:00June 26th, 2017|Garden|0 Comments

Let's back up to March Back in mid-March I set up a camera to record our cleaning out of the winter garden in preparation of spring planting. What I ended up with was about 9 hours of super boring video of my daughter and I (along with an occasional visit from a dog and my wife) wandering around pulling, weeding and cleaning. So I dumped the video into a folder on my computer and pretty much forgot about it. Fast  [keep reading...]