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A close up of a variety of pumpkins.

May 11, 2023

Pumpkin Growing 101: Tips and Tricks for a Bountiful Harvest

Are you ready to squash any hesitation and grow your own pumpkins? Look no further, dear green thumbs, because we've ...
Herbs planted with fruit bearing crops in the garden.

Apr 17, 2023

Companion Planting Four Favorite Summer Herbs Within Your Garden

Companion planting has always been a must for our growing urban space to maximize the area and create a biodiverse e...
A woman planting flowers in a gray grow bag.

Mar 21, 2023

Incorporating Grow Bags into your Growing Space for Tomatoes, Summer Herbs, and Potatoes

Once living in and now residing near downtown, we've had to be smart about how to plant our urban garden of homegrow...
A collection of seed packets.

Feb 15, 2023

Spring into Action - Top Seed Starting Tips!

After doing this for a few years, I share these top tips with friends who are just starting their fruit and vegetabl...
Hands holding a pea pod and revealing large peas inside.

Feb 6, 2023

Peas Peas the Magical Fruits

Peas, peas, the magical fruits. That's right. Pea pods are technically botanically considered fruits because they hol...
Heirloom Radishes picked fresh from the garden.

Jan 25, 2023

Sow and Grow Radishes in the New Year

Around here it's still considered a new year, and it's the perfect time for growing zones 9 & 10 (SoCal friends,...
A barrel with planted lettuce, onions, and marigold flowers.

Jan 9, 2023

Grow a Salad Bar of Lettuce, Onion Greens, and Calendula Flowers

Zone 9 and 10 friends. Do you want a weekend January project that allows getting your hands dirty while filling your...
Five pair of hand with garden gloves who all are placing their hands on the lid of a composter.

Oct 19, 2022

Master Composter Program Top Weekly Takeaways - Week 5

I really didn't know what to expect when I signed up for this program, but I've been a fan of the Solana Center for ...
A collection of food scraps to be put in a composter.

Oct 17, 2022

Master Composter Program Top Weekly Takeaways - Week 4 (Plus a Field Trip!)

It's hard to believe we only have one more weekend meeting for the Master Composter Program offered by the Solana Ce...
The material taken out of an Earth Machine composter before it is going to be mixed.

Oct 10, 2022

Master Composter Program Top Weekly Takeaways - Week 3

Throughout this program from The Solana Center, the biggest overall takeaway so far: Mother Nature does 99% of the w...
Leaves and food scraps in side of a black Earth Machine composter.

Oct 3, 2022

Master Composter Program Top Weekly Takeaways - Week 2

Last week our Solana Center instructors put us into teams, and this week they put us to work! Each group was assigne...
Welcome Slide to the Solana Center hosted Master Composter Program

Sep 26, 2022

Master Composter Program Top Weekly Takeaways - Week 1

As part of my desire to compost and make an impact, I'm also sharing my top takeaway learnings from each week. So learn along with me, and maybe we'll both start to feel less intimidated and more impactful when putting less methane into our air and recycling more beneficial nutrients into our soil.

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