Category Archives: My stories

Microplot garden design – 1

One of the things I’m experimenting with is dense microplots for urban gardens. Take three, maybe four species of food or useful plant, and grow them together in a complementary fashion so that they each help each other thrive and … Continue reading

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What do snails like to eat?

I found myself asking this question this morning when sitting outside with my son waiting for the car to take him to daycare. I was staring at the sky, he was staring at my peas, and we saw this: I’ve … Continue reading

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The pistachio bed

The female pistachio bed has been developing slowly over a couple of years. The pistachio itself is in a depression. I dug the soil/sand out to about eight inches, then mixed a bag of cow manure into the sand that … Continue reading

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Bunuru, or secondsummer

As I’ve written about before, I follow the local six-season calendar in my work here with soil, plants, weather and climate. This blog went into a bit of a hiatus halfway through the season of firstsummer, what with the holiday … Continue reading

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Weed control these last months – couch grass

The last of the three Big Weeds I’ve been working with this year is couch grass. Couch is a funny one, because I wouldn’t actually mind having some patches of lawn here and there. It’s just so invasive that I … Continue reading

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Weed control these last months – brome grass

Yesterday I wrote about my ongoing process with removing oxalis, which is a big job this time of year. A little earlier, through March and April – the local season of Djeran (autumn)-, I was working on brome grass. Greater … Continue reading

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Weed control these last months – oxalis

I’ve spent a fair bit of time the last four to six months on major weed control. I’m a big believer in weedscaping, and letting weeds do my work for me as much as possible. They condition my soil, protect … Continue reading

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