Wrapping up the first year...

I've been out interviewing local farmers and community organizers, composters, teachers, and business people for my project on sustainability in Mendocino.

The garden is put to bed--mostly-- onions and garlic are taking up about half the veggie garden, hopefully they'll wait until I get back. I have a bit more pruning to do, and the lavender, rosa rugosa and elderberry starts are still chugging along in the greenhouse.

I'm off for another semester in Flag, so nothing new for a while here.Even as we're getting ready for 20 degree nights, the flowers are still blooming, actually there are rose buds in our yard right now. Still so beautiful and green.



The Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA


We made a solar dehydrator, roughly framed by instructions from the web in an attempt to process the onslaught of tomatoes. I might almost be ready to admit that I planted a few too many. These Wapsi peaches are in the shady back yard, and they're way behind the ones in the veggie garden, thankfully.




laying out the garden
moving dirt and rocks

early veggie starts


We got the deck started before the snow got here, but we're still getting in and out with a ladder.
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Garden, January
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The Seed Order

Sugar Anne Snap Pea

Super Sugar Snap Pea

S’Aquadulce a Tres Longue Cross Fava Bean

Barabietola de Chioggia Beet

Golden Beet

Red Drumhead Cabbage

Lemon Cucumber

Casper White Eggplant

Thai Green Eggplant

Musselbrugh Leek

Early Jalapeno

French Breakfast Radish

Black Beauty Zucchini

Purple de Milpa Tomatillo

Yello Pear Tomato

Cherokee Purple Tomato

Tender and True Parsnip

Conover’s Colossal Asparagus

Florence Fennel

Autumn King Carrot

James Scarlet Carrot

Heirloom Lettuce Mix

Bunching Chives

Thai Basil

Borage Black Cohosh





Sweet Basil

Flander’s Field Corn Poppy

Border Patrol Wildflower Mix

Compost Crop Mix

Bluebonnet Blue Lupine

Ayervedic Herb Collection: Eclipta, Ashwaganda, Purslane, Holy Basil, Clack Cumin, Lemon Grass, Andrographis

Sylvetta Arugula

Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean

Golden Bantam Imporved Corn

Jelly Melon Cucumber

Listada Di Gandia Eggplant

Crane Melon

Bidwell Casaba Melon

Santa Fe Grande Pepper

Alma Paprika Pepper

Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash

Golden Zucchini

Thai Hot Pepper

Purple Top White Globe Turnip

Monnopa Spinach


Wapsipinicon Peach Tomato