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The Garden

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

When we moved-in the house had a small lawn and some lollipop-type rose bushes in the front.  We gave away the roses and let the lawn go in the drought. After which, we fondly referred to our small front and back spaces as dirt pits. We finally did something about it…


And here is the yard after the drought. All we did in that intervening time is remove the rose bushes in front, remove an old tree in back, and let things get pretty overgrown and unwieldy. 


A garden…

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

for the window box in our bedroom. I’ve never had much success with indoor plants. We’ll see how this goes. Lucky for the terrariums, I had a helper….



Food towers and Fat Daddio’s

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Today I went to Rocket, the local restaurant supply store, and bought the metal ring thing below (note: appears to be made by Fat Daddio’s). Then I pulled some beets and red onions from the garden, roasted the beets, and constructed a beet, goat cheese, mache tower with a lemon/olive oil/red onion dressing. Lookin’ forward to future fun with my Fat Daddio. Next-up: Ahi and avocado.


Memorial Day Weekend

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer…except for the fact that it was in the 60s all weekend.

We did a lot of work in the garden this weekend and last. Suffice to say, summer is looking tasty. Currently in the ground: strawberries, blueberries, radishes, lots of lettuce, beets, peas, onions, artichokes, Meyer lemons, and an array of herbs. Below is the first harvest of summer…and it was delicious.

A hike up the fire trail with Michelle yielded some great views of the bay.

Jonah climbing around on the rocks at Cesar Chavez Park

And we ended the day with a Skuut bike ride up to the park, over to the grocery store, and back home. It was the longest amount of time J has spent on the little bike and it he’s picking-up some comfort with it.

May 2011 stroll on the Skuut from L & L on Vimeo.

Winter Garden

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In October we planted peas, cauliflower, broccolini, lettuce, onions, chard, and arugula.  We have not tended to it, nor have we documented it, with the enthusiasm that we did our summer garden.  In fact we really can’t be bothered to do much back there save basic maintenance. But in a quiet moment on Saturday I did go out between rains to take a photograph of some good lookin’ broccolini.

Weekend Bounty

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Pulled from the garden this past weekend.  Enjoyed for dinner Saturday and Sunday nights.  One radish and the green beans (purplish green but cook-up green) were freakishly long but equally delicious.


Saturday, August 7th, 2010

I could have used this LA Times article on pruning tomatoes about a month ago, but hopefully it isn’t too late to reign these wild plants in, and make the fruit sweeter and more abundant.  Hard to believe what were once starts for a few dollars at Orchard Supply Hardware are now wild beasts closing in on six feet tall.  Clearly some work needs to be done out there.

By the way, doesn’t it have to at least be slightly warm for tomatoes to get ripe and sweet? That might be another potential obstacle.  Thanks Bay Area, for a summer full of foggy 60 degree days.

Thanks for the article Mom.

Garden project 2010

Friday, July 9th, 2010
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Finally, an outdoor space where we can play, eat, garden and grow things. Almost six years after moving-in, we have it. So far we’ve harvested blueberries, lettuce, some herbs, and strawberries when the critters don’t get to them first. The heirloom variety of short fat carrots that we planted from starts are starting to push up now too. Next milestone: late/summer early fall when we can start enjoying the bounty of heirloom tomatoes, beans, purple carrots, beets, radishes, onions and peas. We’re learning as we go but overall the process and act of gardening is relaxing and a little addicting.