Cover Crops
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Cover Crops

With year round gardening required at the garden, you may be wondering what to plant. If the thought of deciding what winter crops to plant is daunting this year, consider doing a cover crop. Cover crops are close-growing plants sown in rotation with food crops, or inter-seeded between food crops to cover bare ground Cover…

Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Gardens

Attracting Butterflies to a Garden Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on Earth. I found simple joy in watching butterflies dance around my garden and yard. A butterfly garden is an easy way to see more butterflies and to help them, since many natural butterfly habitats have been lost to human…

Gardening For Good

Gardening For Good

With all the anxiety that has been circulating, last weekend I decided instead of worrying about trying to go out and get more food and supplies than we actually needed, I would plant my garden. It was the best thing I did all weekend. The seeds we sow today will be our future. Gardening is…

Backyard Crop Rotation

Backyard Crop Rotation

Article Written by Diana Lovejoy One of the ways that organic gardeners can create a sustainable garden at home is by seasonally rotating their crops. Crop rotation is planting something different in your backyard raised bed veggie garden every season. This cycle disrupts weed and pest activity, helps eliminate soil-borne diseases and aids soil fertility…

Cover Crops
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Cover Crops

Organic cover crops create happy, healthy soil. Cover crops like red clover, buckwheat, fava beans (in the picture above), daikon radish, ryegrass, hairy vetch, and peas revitalize the soil with natural nitrates, suppress weeds, improve water retention, discourage pests and diseases, reduce soil compaction, and attract beneficial insects to the veggie garden. Dirt is a…

Sensory Gardens

Sensory Gardens

With Spring fully upon us we have all been enjoying the flowers, blossoms and lush landscapes. The yellow colored hills on the 101 freeway still delight and amaze me as I drive by. One of the best things to me about Spring is the amazing smells of blossoms, flowers, earth and even that fresh cut…

Coffee Bush

PERK UP YOUR GARDEN WITH THIS CONTAINER TREE A few years ago, I had the pleasure to tour a central coast rare fruit farm.  I got to see and and sample some of the exotic trees that we don’t usually associate with California gardening.  One of my favorite plants on the tour was a coffee bush.  And technically, the coffee…