August 22, 2019

It is said that hops (Humulus lupulus) has been in cultivation since the 1st century, having been the flavor ingredient in German ales.  The vine spread throughout Europe and was even considered a "wicked and pernicious weed" in England.  It made it's way to America in...

July 22, 2016

But aren't they supposed to absorb water??  I've always understood that plants benefit from some overhead irrigation (think RAIN) and many, like evergreen trees, take up nutrients through their leaves.  This particular veggie (I think it was a brocolli plant) seems to...

July 22, 2016

Not so long ago our community garden was located on Adams street where it was just as prolific with produce as it is today in its new location.  Often while riding my bicycle through our little town I pass by the old lot and reminisce about all the botanical life that...

May 3, 2015

 

Funny word, ubiquitous,  It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue does it?  And since I can barely pronounce it I definitely had to look up the correct spelling.  No other word epitomizes the definition of 'existing or being everywhere'.  When it comes to the Johnny Jum...

April 20, 2015

 

I bet you think this is a post on how to grow those fabulous, prolific snow peas.  WRONG.  This is literally about Pea Tips - the tender, edible terminal tip of the pea vine.  I never considered eating the tips of my plants until I read a recipe from www.blueapron.com...

April 20, 2015

A Diamond in the Rough

Having grown up in coastal California, I studied Ornamental Horticulture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and learned over 600 Mediterranean climate plants.  Little did I know that upon graduating I would take a Landscape Designer job in the high Sierra town of Tahoe City,...

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