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The November Garden: Native Garden

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Farm Blog, Flowers, Garden | 23 comments

The November Garden: Native Garden

Last week I was busy wrapping up fall clean-up in the kitchen garden. The weather was warm, almost summer-like. Since then a storm rolled through, and provided some much needed rain. Behind the storm late last week a cold-front brought us our first frost of the season. In mid-November. A full three weeks earlier than last year. This week, in much cooler weather, I’m turning my attention back toward the native garden areas. Unfortunately, the rain has still been scant this season. The little rain we’ve had though has been just enough to give me a hint as to how much weeding...

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The Bright…and Dark Side of Daffodils

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Farm Blog, Flowers, Garden, Orchard | 38 comments

The Bright…and Dark Side of Daffodils

Daffodils are some of the most eagerly anticipated early heralds of spring here on the farm. When our orchard slope was first cleared, the entire area looked depressingly bare. Even with the newly planted fruit trees in place, there was a definite lack of presence in the orchard.  It would take time for the trees to grow and fill in, and I’m not a terribly patient person by nature. In a quest for some instant garden gratification, I started out by planting a few hundred daffodil bulbs.  They emerged the next spring, but they seemed few and far between, so the following fall I added...

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February Garden Update

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Farm Blog, Flowers, Garden, Vegetables | 42 comments

February Garden Update

Our gardens are surely feeling neglected at the moment, so we’re briefly interrupting our goat shed construction to bring you a peek at our February garden. It’s interesting to see how this year compares to last.  Some plants are behind this year, and others seem to be ahead.  The daffodils, for example, are blooming noticeably later this year. Early rains in October suggested we were in for another soggy winter, but those rains gave way to an unseasonably dry, and cold, December and January.  So dry I found myself watering the garlic beds in the middle of winter after the garlic...

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Bees and Blooms in the August Garden

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 in Farm Blog, Flora and Fauna, Flowers, Garden | 17 comments

Bees and Blooms in the August Garden

It’s difficult to believe that it was two years ago today that we started the Curbstone Valley Farm blog, and I can think of no better way to celebrate than with our bees and blooms in the gardens this month, many of which weren’t here two years ago. Similar to last year, it still feels like we’re waiting for summer to arrive here along the coast.  Mornings are punctuated by low-hanging cool coastal fog, with mild afternoon temperatures and light coastal breezes.  Much more like June than August.  There’s no question the vegetable garden has been set back by the lack...

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Dutch Master Daffodil

Posted by on Feb 26, 2010 in Farm Blog, Flowers, Garden | 25 comments

Dutch Master Daffodil

The skies are dreary and grey again, and rain is imminent, but yesterday was a perfect spring day.  The sun was shining, and our daffodils are starting to bloom.  Last fall we were confronted with the newly denuded hillside that is to become the orchard.  Not wishing to stare at bare dirt until the fruit trees were planted, I set out to plant 150 Dutch Master daffodils…and all through winter, remained hopeful that I’d see them in the spring. I tucked them into the soil for winter, wondering if I’d ever see them again.  I’ve never planted daffodils here before, and...

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Salvia ‘Purple Majesty’

Posted by on Nov 16, 2009 in Farm Blog, Flowers, Garden | Comments Off on Salvia ‘Purple Majesty’

Salvia ‘Purple Majesty’

Salvia is the largest genus in the mint family, consisting of more than 900 species of plants, from culinary and medicinal herbs, to stunning garden flowers.  The word Salvia comes from the Latin ‘salvare’, meaning to heal or save.  The leaves of Salvia’s are often aromatic, and features common to all Salvias include square stems, opposite leaves, and two-lipped flowers of unequal length.  Salvias thrive in both hot and temperate zones, and grow from sea level to 11,000 feet.  Although typically perennials in warmer climates, gardeners in colder planting zones can still...

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Daffy About Daffodils

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Farm Blog, Flowers, Orchard | Comments Off on Daffy About Daffodils

Daffy About Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud, That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd,  A host, of golden daffodils ~ William Wordsworth In the hopes of having something other than bare ground, and some spindly fruit trees to look at in the orchard in spring, we’ve started planting our bulbs on the hillside.  Well aware that we have a gazillion grazing gophers nearby, we needed to find bulbs that might NOT be considered haute cuisine by these furry food grinders. As a rule, I try not to impulse-buy anything for the garden, but when my local garden center had 50...

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