24 03, 2020

Natives and Newcomers

By |2020-03-24T10:43:39-07:00March 24th, 2020|Garden, Photos|

Wildflowers, some native, some not, growing among the weeds in spring 2020 The wildflowers are a mixed bag, but they're better than weeds There's a strip of The Acre that borders chaparral and oak surrounding the pond. Technically, it's "defensible space" mandated by the fire department, so it's supposed to be cleared of weeds and growth in the fire season, which is roughly June to October when things are dry and hot. But during the winter and early spring it  [keep reading...]

31 01, 2020

Mid-winter Garden Tasks for Spring

By |2020-01-31T08:14:24-08:00January 31st, 2020|Garden|

Back in the eastern U.S. a groundhog tells them when it's mid-winter. Here in San Diego it's the Santa Anas. Cool, dry air in the Great Basin pushes warm air south and west giving us a week or so of sunshine and daytime temperatures in the 70s, sometimes low 80's. It's supposed to reach a high of 78° today. The weather doesn't last. After mid-winter is when we get the big Pacific storms followed by the night time freezes. Not  [keep reading...]

28 04, 2014


By |2014-05-02T11:50:21-07:00April 28th, 2014|Garden|

One of the kids got a seed packet of pansies (or "Alice in Wonderland flowers" as my wife refers to them) last year. I threw them in a pot and didn't think about them much for the past 9 months. Now they're blooming like there's no tomorrow.

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