What to do with your indoor houseplants when you’re gone for more than a week? That was the question we had to answer while planning a recent month long trip. Reluctant to bother our neighbors or friends, we opted for an automatic watering system to care for our beloved plants. Yes, there are other options […]
Recently, I went to a “talk” about the use of rain barrels and rainwater harvesting. I think the number mentioned – that really hit home – was a reminder that only 2% of the earth’s water is fresh, and 1/2 of that, is frozen. When it rains on our cities, whoosh, most of that fresh (and […]
Searching around Amazon, I found a pair of Japanese style hand pruners were around the same price as my old Felcos (around $40). And the customer reviews were phenomenal!
Fall is in the air? What does that mean? Every year I seem to notice it right around Labor Day weekend. Something’s changed.
Basic and gourmet herbs are readily available in most local grocery stores these days – at least that’s what I see. So why would I or anyone want to grow their own. Well for one, you don’t usually need an entire bunch of any herb when cooking…
A couple of months back, I opened up the patio umbrella to find five or six paper wasps busy making tiny paper homes, right on my umbrella. None of them seemed very worried about my presence and continued on doing whatever it is they do.
OK, I admit, I’m also sucker for cooking demos. This one in particular was a pickling and fermenting ‘how to’. Fermenting vegetable was something that had been in the back of my mind recently.
It had been so long since my last visit to the Huntington Botanical Gardens that I could barely remember it! Gone are the old lawns to the new entrance; apparently there have been a lot of renovations in the last two years (new gardens, new buildings) and something like fifty per cent of the lawn acreage
For a few days last summer, parts of my neighborhood were in ruins, the recent victim of the film San Andreas. Crushed cars, toppled walls, charred emergency vehicles and about 300 dirty and wounded extras wandering the streets in a daze.
How to conserve water in my garden? is a question we’ve been hearing a lot lately in the Bay Area, and for good reason. We are in year four of a severe drought on the west coast.