Monthly Archives: September 2009

I Need Your Help – A Sonoma Garden is for Sale

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I wasn’t going to share this at first because I like to keep some amount of privacy here, but in this market, in this economy, I think it’s time to be a little creative. So here goes. The main reason things have been a little silent around here is that we’ve found a new garden that we would like to tend. It’s still here in Sonoma, but it’s on almost two acres. Two flat, just waiting to be planted acres with a 1950’s vintage house on it. We’ve had our eye on the market for a while now, but we’re very picky. After turning our house and our backyard from the decrepit, funky junky garden into the cheerful (to our eyes at least) place we have, it’s hard to think of leaving. But this new place looks worth it. The potential is limitless in this new spot. More chickens, maybe some goats, a tractor, possibly a natural swimming pond, and I can’t wait to plant some Scarlet Oaks. But we have to sell our house to make this all work.
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We’ve been very hard at work tidying up, fixing loose ends, decluttering, polishing, and putting things in their right place and our current garden (and house) is now on the market. And what I need help from you guys is to help us find a buyer.
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In this age of social networking and all, I thought it might help to reach out and risk losing a little privacy if that will make our dream happen. And I trust you folks, you’ve always been more than friendly with us. So, if you or anyone you know is looking for a well built house with a chicken coop, large organic garden (we’ll even leave the compost piles if you like), within an easy walk to town and good schools, please take a look.
Spruced up bed, ready for sale.
I know this economy is tough, and this deal might not work out, which is okay. We do love our place, but oh the dreaminess and possibilities of this new place are hard to resist!
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We Taught a Little Class

Straw Bale Barn
This past weekend, we did something new. Along with the garden park manager, Rebecca, we taught a class on Winter Gardening at the Sonoma Garden Park. If you are local and haven’t been to this fantastic place on 7th Street East, here in Sonoma, you must go and soon! It is one of our favorite places to go for gardening inspiration. Every Saturday morning they have a Harvest Market in their straw bale barn where you can buy all sorts of produce and flowers. They even have a CSA to join as well.
Inside the Fig Forest - set for a wedding
My very favorite part of this place is the fig forest. It is this large circle of old fig trees that has completely become a room of it’s own. There is only one small doorway in which to enter and then you are surrounded by these ancient fig trees. Saturday it was set up for a wedding. How dreamy.
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So we sat at a table much like this one and talked all about gardening in winter here. Things you can plant, tips on how to grow those winter crops. Different garden tasks, such as hygiene, pruning, composting, cover crops and keeping record.
Favorite Books & Garden Journal
Would you all be interested in talking winter gardening at some point? We could do a little week long series if you’d like.
Meanwhile, if you want to see more pictures of this magical place, click here.

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Autumn in the Garden

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Sure, it’s not quite autumn yet, but the signs are in the air. Leaves from our valley oaks are starting to slowly turn and fall to the ground. In our back beds, the cooler part of the yard, we have our fall seedlings starting to grow. And oh, what’s that you see? Yes, we laid drip lines this summer! With a timer! We’ve always watered everything with a hose, which takes a good three hours to do! It is exhausting, so setting in these drip lines has been an incredible time saver. And I’m sure a water saver too.
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It has made such a difference to get regular water to these carrots and green beans. They were just sitting doing not much of anything with our sporadic hose watering. And now? They are growing like gangbusters.
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We have a new long raised bed thanks to our fence that needed to be replaced. We’ve tried buying the expensive redwood 12″ boards for raised beds, but you know what? We like the old fence boards so much better. Don’t know why. In this long bed we have quite the selection of lettuce, pak choy, radishes, beets, carrots and turnips. I wish I could give you exact dates of planting and exactly what we did sow, however I’m not very good at following my own advice sometimes.
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The corn is almost ready.
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The peppers have finally come around. Remember how pitiful they were? And how bountiful they were last year?
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Overall autumn is looking to be good in our garden. How about yours? Did you get a fall garden in yet?

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