Bee Walls & Insect Hotels | Habitat Inspiration

With the return of victory gardens, garden to table eating, colony collapse disorder and all things organic (move over Monsanto) the insect world is coming alive. As a culture we’re suddenly asking the question, “is it a bee?” Or, “is...

Five Friday Flowers

The ephemeral nature of a garden is a crazy, worldly reminder of something amazing. I love it. From one visit to the next, one week or season to the next, it’s an overflowing source of wonder. I can’t pretend to be a...

Rapini Soup With Country Bread

Do you have a list of vegetables you wished you liked but don’t? You know, the ones that are really good for you and everyone seems to be raving about? Well, I get it. It wasn’t long ago I secretly...

Fava Bean Foraging

Fava beans are either a cover crop with perks or an amazing food plant with perks. I haven’t decided the order but it’s definitely top on the list of most rewarding garden plants. One, they’ll quickly turn any brown thumb...

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10 Tips for Starting a Garden

Thinking of starting a garden? Now’s your chance. It’s that time of year when your resolve may be heightened and your...

by - January 4, 2014

Six Seeds to Love and Plant

My early spring to-plant list always includes pumpkins. A garden without pumpkins must be like committing spring planting heresy. It’s just not...

by - March 27, 2013

Five Reasons to Weed or Not to Weed

The thought of weeding conjures up all sorts of reactions from people. There are weeding haters, weeding lovers and an entire...

by - March 15, 2013

Sugary Earth

Sweet, snappy, wake-your-taste-buds-up delicious, these carrots are unreal. A bit of sugary earth wrapped up in one perfect package. Like the tomatoes of...

by - February 21, 2013

What to Grow

It’s hard to go wrong with black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia spp.). They’re lovely no matter how or where you plant them, pairing...

by - October 11, 2012

Tarkio Rain Garden

This place is so much fun, you might just overlook the rain garden, smack dab in front of you. Or rather...

by - September 14, 2012

Keep it Simple

Dr. Michael Mesler, my plant taxonomy professor at Humboldt State University, likened simplicity to parsimony.  When examining computational phylogenetics (a complicated...

by - July 26, 2011

Garden Approach

Ever have one of those moments where you walk into a space, any space, but in this case a garden, and...

by - March 1, 2011

Rapini Soup With Country Bread

Do you have a list of vegetables you wished you liked but don’t? You know, the ones that are really good...

by - April 9, 2014

Kale and White Bean Pasta

To put it mildly, I’m bonkers about this dish. Obsessed may be a more appropriate description. It’s my trusty, well-loved, go-to...

by - January 26, 2014

3 Trails You Won’t Want to Miss

The Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais watershed are an unbelievable treasure of wildness, trails and eye-popping vistas. It’s crazy to think...

by - February 1, 2014

Green Gulch Flower Gardens

It’s easy to get busy. Between work, chores, groceries, children or simply opening mail there is often not much time left...

by - September 20, 2013

Five Reasons to go to a you-pick Blueberry Farm

Try before you buy. Picking means eating — finding the right couple rows or bushes that taste just right. Consider it...

by - August 4, 2013

Swanton Berry Farm Store – The Fresh Side Up

  It doesn’t look like much from the outside but when you walk into the Swanton Berry Farm store it’s a...

by - April 22, 2013

20 Tips for Gardening with Kids

What is one of your first childhood, garden memories? Does it jump to the tip of your mind? Or maybe you’re...

by - November 25, 2013

Deckening

The opportunity for “deckening*” is at hand, right out my door. However I’ve never loved growing plants in pots, at least...

by - July 12, 2012

My I Garden

Technology and garden design collide with the launch of iPhone app, iMyGarden.   Here our phone and plant addictions can both be...

by - June 20, 2011