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Winter Rambling

December 7, 2011

A frost last night killed my lettuce starts, arugula patch, a broccoli, my calendula, borage, comfrey, basil, parsley and oregano in my garden located 3 BLOCKS FROM THE BEACH IN SAN DIEGO.  global warming must be on winter vacay.

Anyways since my garden is definitely not anything worth taking pics of right now I have a few photos/articles I thought I’d share in the meantime:

1.  Before Pt. Loma became home to Nazarene university and a conglomerate of suburbs and military shin digs it was called LOMALAND and consisted of a theosophical refuge and yoga school. (kudos to

Theosophical Institute, Point Loma, San Diego

this is an actual photo of pt. loma back in the day…

this theosophical school owned most of northern pt. loma and provided school for 500 kids in its heyday, including my fave geoffrey

Geoffrey and the Cauliflower

They grew all their own produce on site and had fruit orchards, all before any sort of water infrastructure was built connecting resevoirs to the dry desert of san diegos coastline.  They used wood and metal pipes and pumped water daily, most likely using 1/100 th of the water we would use today to grow the same crops industrially.


The Colorado River loops around ancient salt beds in Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah.

3.   del mar shoreline back in the day


To Fall

September 28, 2011

We have had some interesting weather recently- as if June gloom decided it wanted to come back and hang out for awhile longer during September.  Well thats put the nix on my tomatoes and pumpkins and the moisture in the air is making the powdery mildew run rampant.  I hate that stuff!   On a good note the artichokes and rasperries are making a comeback for fall, with lettuce, onions and leeks also making some headway.

Here’s a few notes on my to do list for fall:

  • plant spring bulbs (Iris, narcissius, freeshia!)
  • amend soil with azomite, compost, fish emulsion, worm castings mix
  • Plant cover crops like fava beans, garbanzo beans or vetch
  • General clean up of old tomato, watermelon and pumpkin vines
  • Stare and corn and convince it to keep growing even in this foggy weather
  • sow lots of lettuce

Photo Stream

September 28, 2011








Pumpkin vines

Anderson Valley meets the seaMendocino Waves



August 3, 2011

Speaking Summer

July 15, 2011


Heres some pics & Summer Salad recipies from the GDn.

Cucumber Salad: Riccotta salata cubes, tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, lemon juice, olive oil, chilie flakes, dill, mint basil

Heirloom Garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, oregano, thyme arugula, garlic, salt, olive oil, basalmic vin., lemon zest


July 8, 2011

The garden is kind of a mess right now.  With cool spring breezes giving way to sticky 80 degree days there are a whole new wave of insects arriving in the garden.  I finally tore out the crispy vining masses of browned sweet pea vines- who lost their shimmering luster as soon as these summer heat waves started rolling in.  I am still trying to decide what to plant in their place, more sunflowers? A mini meadow of prairie lupines?  Corn?

The tide of powdery mildew that seemed to hit most everything about about a month ago is receding and the Armenian cucumbers are bouncing back finally.  The tomatoes still have a ways to go before they fully recover, however, we have a huge tomato harvest already set on the vines.  Here are some updated photos & happy FRIDAY to you all!  (below from left to R are shelled scarlet runner beans– fava beans shelled- cucumber vines, gaillardia, baby armenian cucumber, and ronde de nice squash

Monday ramble

June 27, 2011


let me summarize the crazy shit that went down in my front yard last night. terra preta or biochar is an interesting concept that basically involves biological waste and wood being burned at high temperatures and them smothered with dirt so that all of the carbon is sequestered.  This biochar stays in the earth and acts as a habitat for vital soil microbes and also helps to better retain nutrients and minerals in the soil by preventing them from leaching away as fast.  Just the fact that is was first utilized thousands of years ago by the mayans in the amazon made me want to try it.   So long story short we dug a fat trench in the yard last night filled it with dried pea and poppy plants that i’d saved and then put hollow dry bamboo and beachwood on top.  then we lit a huge, smoky!, hot and firy bonfire.  our neighbor came over freaking out because he thought our house was on fire.

Lessons learned: 1) shower afterwards- my hair smells wretched! 2) don’t inhale smoke from burning poppy plants unless you want to get lifffttttedddddd. seriously.  Other than that it was super fun and I’ll keep you updated on any positive/negative effects it has on the soil.