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Winter Garden Outlook

Winter Garden Outlook

A reader emailed me in the New Year to point out that it has been months since I last posted a garden update. They weren’t complaining, but they were disappointed that I’d abandoned my regular garden updates last summer. The truth is, by late summer,...
While the Farmer’s Away…

While the Farmer’s Away…

I once posted about the plight of the Pacific Madrone trees on the property. Many of the trees in our woodland areas are weak and diseased as a direct result of decades of poor land and forest management. This last weekend, while attending our first dairy goat show of...
April Garden Update: A Sizzling Spring

April Garden Update: A Sizzling Spring

The weather so far this year has been gorgeous. Although brisk in January and February, daytime temperatures have been quite warm for a number of weeks now, and we’ve had so little rain since January 1st (our driest start to the year on record), that winter is...
February Garden Update: An Erratic Winter

February Garden Update: An Erratic Winter

It would be fair to say that this winter our weather has been all over the place.  We’ve gone from one deluge-of-a-rainstorm after another, in November and December, to an almost total lack of rain since the New Year. Cold overnight temperatures in the mid-20s...
Mid-Winter Cleanup: The Strawberry Bed

Mid-Winter Cleanup: The Strawberry Bed

I have a fondness for strawberries. I still remember, as a very small child, when I was given my first piece of garden to tend. It was all mine, to do anything I wanted with, and I didn’t have to share.  In addition to the garden bed, I was gifted a dozen...