An acre of dirt and a fertile imagination
22 02, 2017

A Rare Skink Sighting

By | 2017-02-22T16:17:39+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Garden|0 Comments

We've no lack of reptiles here on the acre. Gopher snakes, king snakes, the occasional rattlesnake, alligator lizards and western fence lizards (aka, the "blue belly") are all common sights around here. Actually, the fence lizard is so common in summer that you'll nearly walk on a dozen just crossing the yard. What isn't a common sight though is a [...]

17 02, 2017

Let’s Get Cloning

By | 2017-02-17T15:44:24+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Garden|0 Comments

Winter is a great time to propagate plants from cuttings Mid winter is tough. If you’re anything like me, right about now you’re itching to get back outdoors, clear some garden beds and get started on planting for spring. The problem is there’s still weeks of cold, wet, frosty and unpredictable weather ahead that all but guarantee anything you try [...]

28 02, 2016

This Pterodactyl is trying to eat my fish

By | 2017-01-22T15:31:11+00:00 February 28th, 2016|Garden|0 Comments

I've been doing battle with this bad boy for the past few days. The fish pond is covered and reinforced with bird netting, but that hasn't stopped him from trying multiple air and ground-based attacks. Unlike the egrets that visit and attempt fishing without a license from time to time, this guy has almost no fear. He certainly [...]

20 12, 2015

Ouch! Winter Hits Hurt

By | 2017-01-22T15:42:25+00:00 December 20th, 2015|Garden|0 Comments

Down here in the foothills of San Diego its not unusual to see temps dip below freezing on some nights... in February. Unfortunately, during the last three weeks of autumn almost every night has dipped into the low 30's (and some nights into the 20's). Most of my subtropicals can survive a few nights of frosty weather, but not weeks [...]