Listen to your mother-in-law!

Hi all,   Just a quick public service announcement from your friendly neighborhood gardener: LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW! There we go. That is all. Resume your regularly scheduled whatevering. That said, if you’d like a bit of clarification for these remarks,     Then hear o’ hear my tale of woe, from a summer many Read more about Listen to your mother-in-law![…]

It’s Cold!

Well friends, it’s cold. Granted, those of you in more northerly latitudes are collectively playing a concerto on a collection of the world’s smallest violins. And you’re right, you’ve got it worse. But still, my little plants that I optimistically planted a few months ago are threatened by ol’ Jack Frost. Same with my citrus Read more about It’s Cold![…]

The post where I wax philosophical about my favorite summer sandwich

Many years ago, when I was young and athletic, a friend and I decided to embark on a journey whereby we would make the ultimate sandwich. And by young and athletic, it was really more “young” than athletic. But whatever. We saved our money and bought almost every deli meat, cheese, pickle, onion, slice of Read more about The post where I wax philosophical about my favorite summer sandwich[…]

Winter is coming…er is here now…

Before we get down to musings…. The updates are legion on the site. The resources section has new information on starting seeds, what to plant when, and a new guide to pickling developed by our friends at Check it out!  The events page has been updated to highlight school visits and my family’s most Read more about Winter is coming…er is here now…[…]

Saucy Fried Green Tomato Sauce

Waste not, want not.– Old timey proverb Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry. — Pope Francis. What do you mean you’re all done? You haven’t touched it! You can’t throw that away. No. Do not throw it in the sink. Do not throw it in Read more about Saucy Fried Green Tomato Sauce[…]

How does the garden grow? Well…

Quick “Our Garden” book update before we get to this week’s blog post. I’ve updated the events page to include a more detailed description of Steve and my appearance at the annual Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival. Check it out here for more information. I’ve also added a few more garden resources for both current and Read more about How does the garden grow? Well…[…]

A garden oddity…

Lots of people keep a bale of straw in their car’s trunk. Really…I’m sure of it…   As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, sometimes gardeners get unfair reputations.  “Not weird” is another example of this particular besmirchment. Having been a gardener since pretty much the moment of birth, I can tell you that gardeners are Read more about A garden oddity…[…]

A bit of Sacramento Gardening History

I never knew the garden of my youth was called the St. Francis Community Garden until recently. Few people know about it or remember it, but it was a part of the fabric of midtown Sacramento long before anyone had ever uttered the phrase “farm-to-fork.” Many remember the old Mandella garden that was shut down Read more about A bit of Sacramento Gardening History[…]

Guest Post on Mama Momtourage!

Hi folks–Today I’ve written a guest post for my friend Amanda’s website “Mama Momtourage!” Amanda and I were classmates at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, and her site is definitely worth checking out. She’s a great Mom, always stylish and has awesome ideas for having fun with your kiddos. And she’s a very kind person Read more about Guest Post on Mama Momtourage![…]

Father’s Day reflection: A plethora of plums

In my mind, plum jam indicates that summer is in full swing. Images of my mom leaning over a hot stove; of condensation dripping down the windows in a small stifling kitchen made even more sauna-like by the boiling batches of jam. But the smell of the jam cooking takes me back to the beginning Read more about Father’s Day reflection: A plethora of plums[…]