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#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

Sweet peas are as sweet as they look--super fragrant! (In fact, so fragrant that those of us with smell sensitivity keep them OUTSIDE.)One of today's happiest moments? Noticing sweet peas starting to bloom. I planted them in the Fall and during our Bac...

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Quick update on our new desert garden bed

Quick update on our new desert garden bed

Time for a quick update on our new front-yard desert garden. We planted it on March 15 and 16 when temperatures were in the mid-80s. This must have been quite a shock to many of the plants which had been used to milder temperatures, both at the nursery and in the staging...

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#100HappyDays: Transplants

#100HappyDays: Transplants

Clockwise from the top left: African Daisies in the big round pot, zucchini, jalapeno, mystery tomato, Japanese maple. Bottom row: A bunch of Golden Yellow and Beefsteak tomato seedlings. If I knew how to make heart emoticons right here, I would make a...

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Do you know what’s in your dirt? Urban gardens may have potential contaminants like asbestos in soil

Apr 8, 2014
Do you know what’s in your dirt? Urban gardens may have potential contaminants like asbestos in soil

By Fran Kritz

A new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) finds that urban gardeners often don’t know that the soil they’re using for their gardens can contain contaminants such as asbestos.

“While the benefits are far-reaching, gardening in urban settings can also create opportunities for exposure to contaminants such as...

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#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

Today's happiness high point? A visit to the nursery for mosquito-repellent plants (citrus geranium and catmint) and compost, ahem. I spent an hour this afternoon making "diaper dirt" (more on that soon) and planting a few seedlings. Feels so good to b...

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The quest for ‘black gold’ ends in composting failure

The quest for ‘black gold’ ends in composting failure

Six months ago, I expected to write an exultant post about my cultivation of the gardener's best friend: black gold, aka compost, aka properly rotted organic material.I bought a cute little kitchen compost pail for daily collection of veggie scraps, an...

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Oak Park Party Highlights Urban Agriculture

Apr 7, 2014
Oak Park Party Highlights Urban Agriculture

On Sunday March 30th, The Yisrael Family Farm partnered with Ubuntu Green to throw a party at Jack Davis Park on 43rd St and 16th ...

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#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

We picked up this wheelbarrow at Costco for $20 less than the local home improvement stores. Woot.Sometimes, it's the little things in life. Sometimes it's big steel buckets. Today's happy, happy, joy, joy moment? The acquisition of a shiny new wheelba...

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Attack of the Weird Dog Vomit Mold

Attack of the Weird Dog Vomit Mold

That title needs a bit of clarification. This is not a post about vomit from a weird dog. It is about mold that looks like dog vomit. It is weird. And it attacked me.This has been a very odd winter for California. It rained early. Then it didn't rain a...

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Photos of California’s beautiful spring: Green hills and California poppy meadow

Photos of California’s beautiful spring: Green hills and California poppy meadow

A friend was visiting this weekend and we decided to take a drive to Lake Berryessa, about 45 minutes west of here. The route is very scenic, especially in the spring. Thanks to the series of rain storms we had in recent weeks, the hills were as green as I had expected....

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