Archive August 2010

Staying Cool 0


Summer has finally come to San Francisco, and it’s REALLY HOT.  I thought I’d share some recipes for staying cool. continue reading »

Ladybugs make me Happy 0


It’s been pretty miserable in San Francisco this summer. I haven’t seen the sun for more than an hour a day for almost a month, but I think things are starting to look up.  It’s amazing how much it affects my mood.   Sometime last week, I thought I’d brighten things up by getting some ladybugs to munch on the aphids.

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Curses! Rats? 4


Aargh! I went outside yesterday and found two partially ripe low-growing tomatoes that had been mostly eaten.   It felt so bad, after all that work, that I just threw them in the compost; out of sight, out of mind.  Then this morning, I went out to check again, and, sure enough, there was more damage.  This is one of the worst feelings, to nurture a plant through its lifespan, and then see it destroyed right before it becomes good eating.  So discouraging. continue reading »

Goats… in Oakland 0


I was able to escape the cold fogginess of this San Francisco summer, and head over to the East Bay this weekend.  After a long meeting in Berkeley, I visited some old friends in Oakland, and after a quick garden visit, we were able to take a walk and see the goats grazing in the hills, a loose annual pilgrimage. continue reading »

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