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![…]

So long Garden Guru, and thanks for everything.

Hi folks, This is a tough post to write. I’ve put it off for months, but I wanted to record a small tribute to a truly lovely man. As I’ve mentioned previously, my father had been sick for over two years in the hospital. After a hard fight, he passed away in September. Not a Read more about So long Garden Guru, and thanks for everything.[…]

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[…]

Interesting Stuff

Such a funny thing, this little book. Last weekend, Our Garden, and my family’s gardening related history, was the subject of a story in the Sacramento Bee by the excellent garden writer Debbie Arrington. Go ahead. Give it a read. I’ll wait. Pretty cool, huh? This book is by no means a runaway bestseller (yet!–Ha!), but those who have Read more about Interesting Stuff[…]

How does the garden grow? Well…

I’ll be honest. I’ve been a little disappointed with this year’s tomato crop in the Domek backyard. Originally, there were 21 plants. My soil was perhaps a bit overtaxed, and having a limited area to plant, I haven’t rotated crops probably as much as I should. In truth, given the year we’ve had around these Read more about How does the garden grow? Well…[…]

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![…]

Tom Sawyering: Kids in the Garden

We gardeners have an unfair reputation as wholesome and honest. Upstanding citizens even. Puuuuhhhleaaaassee. Lies, I tell you. Lies! When it comes to slugs or horn worms, many of us are downright vicious. And believe it or not, we aren’t always truthful…especially when it comes to discussing last year’s harvest–(it was epic. Thanks for asking…). Or Read more about Tom Sawyering: Kids in the Garden[…]

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[…]