We're cleaning up last year's hanging gourd garden to make way for this year's. Since many of the gourds aren't fully dried just yet, we're hanging them on the fence to let them finish. But as you can see in the video, there are plenty more still overhead.
Today we're smoking a pork butt with oak wood that's been soaking in fermenting hot peppers for 4 months. I'm kind of excited to see hot the vanilla from the oak and grassy funk from the peppers come together in the pulled pork.
Last year I built a bee hotel in the hope of giving a few of our native bees nest space. Looks like it worked, because I can see the work of mason bees in a few of the holes!
I think the California native flowers are finally overtaking the thistle and mustard. A dry winter early and a wet one late may have been just what they needed.
This week is the 2nd anniversary of the keyhole garden. By my estimates, after 725 days of continuous production, we’ve raised 36 crops and harvested over 150 lbs of herbs and veggies from this 50sq ft space.
Every so often, critters, like my mother-in-law, show up uninvited and decide to stay. This time it's something else. Can you tell who the interloper is?
When you live in a state of perpetual drought, there's no better feeling than starting the spring garden with 3(!) rain barrels full of free water.
A white Guinea hen showed up yesterday and made itself at home. It looks like an overweight bowling pin and makes more noise than all the roosters combined.
The only thing better than the smell of a citrus tree in bloom on a clear morning after a rain is the smell of a whole orchard of citrus trees in bloom.
If you've got a problem with pesky trees that keep growing in places you don't want, here's an easy, no dig method to get rid of them once and for all.