The candidates for this year's 20th anniversary batch of slow fermented hot sauce include a super-sized batch of my Thai/Cayenne cross and a Honduran pepper called "culebra negra" (black snake).
It's been a month since I posted on the progress on my year round keyhole food garden so I thought now would be a good time for an update with a few photos.
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.
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.
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.
A year after building my keyhole garden I've learned a few lessons. Here's a quick list of tips to keep your keyhole garden happy and productive through the growing season.
I couldn't afford fancy fish like Koi for my pond, so I went to the pet store and bought 10 tiny "feeder fish" for 23 cents each. Here they are, 2 years later. There's still nine of them and they're all big and friendly (and still way cheaper than koi).
This guy is a hooded oriole (Icterus cucullatus) whose mate is nesting in the orange tree behind him. He keeps an eye on me when I'm working from our back deck.