Anybody got any good squash recipes? A few warm days and the scallop squash is going bananas. I’ve already harvested half a dozen fruit and there's a least a dozen that'll be ripe in the next few days. Along with the Italian and yellow straightneck squash, we're up to our eyeballs in them.
Snakes aren't all that uncommon here, but it's still a little freaky when you're just reaching down to turn on the hose and come face to face with a 4 foot gopher snake. This poor guy was wrapped up in some bird netting and very, very stuck. He wasn't cooperative, so it took me the better part of 30 minutes to cut him free. I let him loose down in the vegetable garden where there's at least two gophers operating [keep reading...]
I've been wondering how it is that our dogs can be down by the dry creek in one second, and up at the front gate terrorizing a delivery driver in the next. I now have my answer.
The American Agave produces giant flower stalks that can shoot 30 feet in the air. The dried stalks are a favorite nesting site for acorn woodpeckers.
Common sense would tell you that plants don't have feelings, but I have a true story of a kiwi's love, loss and new life that might change your mind.
Big announcement: I moved the live chickencam to a new place in the yard. Same great chickens and ducks, but now with closeup poultry action and drama! https://sagesacre.com/chickencam/
The blackberry patch is coming in sweet and heavy. We'll be picking in a couple weeks. Last year we picked over 30 pounds and had purple fingers for a month.
Native to southern Africa (a climate similar to our own here in San Diego), the butterfly iris is well-adapted to the dry climate. It's also beautiful as well as tough.
My wife's idea of "gardening" is secretly burying old vegetables around the yard to see if they grow. As a result, I now have a brown onion flowering among the tomatillos.
These Peruvian Lilies (Alstromeria aurea) piggybacked in with some society garlic plants years ago. At nearly 4ft they're quite tall, but the flowers are amazing