Life

Rain, Rain Stay and Play

Make this heatwave go away!

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After our epically hot Monday of 100 degrees the parched land finally got a drink of water yesterday. Unfortunately, it was only a little sip in my neck of the woods, and then the heat is supposed to ramp up for the rest of the week. Looks like I’ll be giving some supplemental water to the garden in the next few days.

Rainy day distractions

In the meantime, I kicked back indoors the way you always should on a rainy day: with a book, some tea, and homemade strawberry rhubarb crisp.

The book is only so-so, but the crisp is mmmmmmmm-delish. Next time more strawberry rhubarb and a little less crumb (I swear I’m not crazy!).

Happy Digging,
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Life

Strawberry Cupcakes & a Bun Update

May was a bit of a crazy month, though not that crazy in the garden.

My beds are getting established and starting to take over with the sungolds in the lead as the fastest growers and my cucumber close behind. Every time I make my lunch, whether it’s a sandwich, salad, or pasta, I can’t help but wish for a fresh vine ripened tomato. Soon!!!

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I’ve got my eye on you…

Why all the craziness otherwise? Continue reading “Strawberry Cupcakes & a Bun Update”

Tips

Be Loyal to Your Soil!

Permaculture (12)Last weekend the hubs and I took a little road trip out to Sebastopol to attend a compost workshop being put on by Grab n’ Grow at the Permaculture Skills Center.

Little did I know that May 3rd-9th was Compost Awareness Week (who knew they had such a thing?). A friend told me about the free workshop and I quickly went online to reserve my spot. While I have never personally shopped at Grab n’ Grow (though it’s on my list to stop by soon), I do like to go on their website and read through their blog posts for tips. They’re awesome!

I thought I knew a lot about compost, but I felt the workshop was very informative and I left a little bit wiser. So let’s “dig in” to what I learned and enjoy a little eye candy courtesy of the Permaculture Skills Center. Continue reading “Be Loyal to Your Soil!”

Tips

May Chores & Tips for Sonoma Gardens

P1020996With the threat of frost long past and ample amounts of sunshine in the forecast, it’s no wonder May is considered one of the best months to be outside tending your garden in Sonoma County.

It’s also one of those months where garden chores can pile up in the blink of an eye. A few doses of rain and some warm sunshiny days and everything roars into life! Including the birds.

I know I can’t be the only one who needs a to-do list in order to function (aka keep my brain on track), so I’ve whipped up one for May detailing all the chores that will make for a happy, healthy, and abundant garden as the year grows on. Continue reading “May Chores & Tips for Sonoma Gardens”

Travel

Chico’s Flora & Farmers’ Market

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Pictures are courtesy of my mother-in-law’s camera skills.

Last weekend we ushered in May by heading to Chico, CA to explore. The city was founded in 1860 and is home to an adorable and highly walkable downtown, the 2nd oldest campus in the California State University system, and Bidwell Park–one of the largest municipal parks in the US (and it runs right through the city).

Despite the bad rap Chico gets as a party (whoo whoo) college/town, it seemed like a very fun, family-friendly city to me, rich with history, activities, and–of course–ample flora and some beer to boot. Continue reading “Chico’s Flora & Farmers’ Market”

Garden Update

Getting Ready for Summer’s Bounty

After having a week of sunshine with weather in the upper 70s to 80s, beautiful Sonoma County is back to the early spring gloom.

At least the overcast atmosphere is keeping me inside with my nose to the gardening book grindstone. I’m busy coming up with a plan for what to plant in my garden boxes this spring– something I’ve never actively laid out before (for shame). More to come on this soon, but for now, here’s my progress so far.

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Here’s the side yard. It’s looking a little overgrown with it’s zest for Spring sunshine.

Continue reading “Getting Ready for Summer’s Bounty”