Most of us just plant when
we actually can get to it and try to time things close to the right time of
year at least. But this time of
year, when I feel like I have more time and can plan the garden a little better,
I try to time my plantings with the moon.
There are several theories about when to plant what based on the moon
and stars. I sometimes utilize the
more complex approaches, but the main thing I like to do is plant seeds with
the new moon. Read more »
It might, but it is still early and temperatures are bound
to fluctuate, with plenty more chilly temperatures ahead.
Thankfully, we finally had one good rain. But it was a lot
in a short time period so much of it ran off. This points once again to the reasons to have
plenty of mulch on the soil – to protect it from pounding rain, reduce erosion
and then to keep the moisture in during dry spells. Read more »
Well tonight is predicted to be one of the coldest nights of
the year, and it barely warmed up today, but we can still be out gardening!
When we get this super cold spell, the main thing we need to worry about is
citrus. We can grow citrus here in
Sonoma County but there are a few nights a year that can turn a happy citrus
tree to toast. Cover it with a
blanket or build a little structure over it. Plastic is not good protection and can be a problem if left
on and the sun comes out and cooks the tree. Read more »
This is my favorite time of year. I know that it is a
blessing that I have the luxury of taking walks on these brisk days amongst
glorious fall color and that I don’t feel extra pressure around the holidays.
My work load has always been light now and I like to spend time with Mother Nature.
It feels like she is dozing off now, full, content and relaxed, after a long
year of growth. Read more »
What a lovely Indian Summer we’ve had! The early rain was a problem for tomatoes and grapes, but it turned the fields and hills green already and the warm afternoons ripened a bumper crop of peppers in many of our gardens and farms. With frost predicted this weekend, I’ll soon be harvesting the last peppers to roast or sauté and freeze, and the last basil for pesto. Since my garden is too tiny for cover crops, I will be putting down a nice mulch of old goat shed bedding where the summer crops were and over my little garlic patch, which I planted 2 days ago. Read more »
I love the fall, this beautiful weather we are having is my
favorite time. The rains have
given us back some of the green, things feel less dusty and dry. Yet it is warm enough to ripen the last
of the peppers and tomatoes and give us one more batch of pesto. Read more »
Although the weather around the world has gotten more
erratic with devastating consequences in so many places, California has been
spared the worst extremes and has been relatively close to “normal” most of
this year. It got warm right around the beginning of summer and here we are
with the first rains of the season coming the second week of fall, right after
our usual September heat wave. Read more »