As the Sierra Gardens coordinator, a lot of people have asked me about the difference between annuals and perennials, so I thought I’d give this question some attention while there still plenty of time to dream and plan for your spring and summer garden.
To water or not to water, that is often a question we face in the winter time. It is a question that cannot be answered without asking more questions: Have the rains started in earnest? Are we having a wet winter? Will there be long dry spells?
These are all questions that we don’t really know the answers to at this point, so you just have to wait and see. But there are a few things to think about! Continue reading “Winter Watering” →
It’s September. If you’re anything like me, amidst all this chaos you may have forgotten you even have a garden. Garden? What garden? All I see is smoke and tall weeds – thanks. Continue reading “September Garden Tips: Make Peace with the Chaos” →
We have finally made it to the big moment. Harvest time! It’s officially time to reap the benefits of all the work you’ve been putting in since the spring. Here are a few tips around making the most of some common summer veggies and herbs which are abundant right now.
Welcome July! By now, home gardens are in full swing. If you aren’t harvesting yet- worry not- your time is coming! Here are a few things to be on the lookout for this month:
It’s June, which means gardens are in full swing! Between weeding, beginning to harvest, maintaining irrigation, and getting those last seeds and starts in for summer- this is a busy time of year.
Here are some quick tips for making the most of your June garden, in terms of harvesting greens and dealing with aphids. Continue reading “June Garden Tips: Aphid Control and When to Harvest Greens” →
Would you like to have a bigger harvest out of your garden this year? After many years of requests, we are happy to announce that Sierra Harvest is now offering home garden consultations with Emily Koller, our Food Love Farm Director! If you have been struggling with a specific garden challenge, or just want to get general tips to upgrade your garden or improve your harvest, now is the time to schedule an appointment!
If you are part of the Sierra Gardens Program, you’ll be receiving your summer starts from Edy this coming week. While it almost seems late to be getting them, we promise it’s not! The last few weeks have been so warm that many people have already planted their frost sensitive summer crops, but spring is a finicky season! Many people wait until Mother’s Day to plant heat loving plants and this timing is just fine.
These are strange times to find ourselves in, and I hope that you all are staying home as much as you can, and staying as safe as you can be. Crises such as these present opportunities at the same time as they threaten security, and there is definitely no better time to put work into your home garden than the present moment. From food security to psychological well-being, a home garden can offer some bit of stability in these increasingly uncertain times. With that being said, we are gearing up to get started on our spring plant deliveries, and have compiled this planting guide to help you along once you receive your spring starts and seeds.
I am a lover of tools, and I am also a believer in using the right tool for the job. Having the proper tool (and knowing how to use it properly) increases your efficiency and quality of work done. Use this information as not only a garden lesson, but a life lesson!
The following are some musings and recommendations of mine on tools that you should probably have for your garden, including sources for those that might be harder to find. If you can’t afford the top of the line from the sources I post, know that you can generally find less expensive versions of all of these tools at your local hardware stores. You can often find basic garden tools at yard and estate sales. Also, consider checking out the Habitat For Humanity ReStore on Loma Rica Road. I have seen many quality used garden tools there at a great price.