Garden


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Ode to Herbs

I scrolled back into previous posts and was shocked to find relatively little written about herbs. How?! Herbs are a mainstay of the Putah Creek Cafe Garden. Ah, herbs: with herbs we remember that food is medicine, good food the original and most enjoyable form of preventive care. (I am not a nutritionist or herbalist …

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One of the most enjoyable parts of working in the PCC garden is growing flowers — in the beds, in the borders, for arrangements, for insects, for plates! Beauty and functionality merge in the floral world. Flowers have an essential function of attracting pollinators to plants, enabling us to achieve our goal of growing the …

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http://www.kcra.com/article/farm-to-fork-cafe-with-a-garden/20745587 It’s been a busy, and exciting, couple of months at the garden, which I will definitely use as a reason for a joint April-May post. We’ve had both our first private pop-up dinner event, and a visit from the local news! The garden does clean up pretty nicely — add a few string lights …

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I used to think succulents were the bacon of gardening. By that I mean one could add bacon to virtually any dinner and make it taste better. It’s so easy it’s almost cheating. That was before I started maintaining metal outdoor planters on a sunny brick and stone sidewalk. Through a record heat Winters summer. …

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February: Hail!

February! We’ve had an interesting month in the garden weather-wise, with the beginning of February bringing some decidedly faux-Spring weather and little to no rain. The soil warmed into the 50’s, the almonds around Winters bloomed, and I almost fell for it. I got my cilantro seed ready! I organized flower seed! But in the …

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The garden has a new member this month: a twelve-foot heron done in sheet metal and rebar by Winters resident, sculptor, and cafe regular Ron Larson. The heron has magnetized passersby at Ron’s property since he built and installed it. Other birds, too. “They think she’s the mother bird!” said Ron on installation day. Now …

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In California where we can grow year-round, crops are often referred to as “cool season” or “warm season.” I’ve always liked these terms from a planting perspective: few crops like to be planted in the dead heat of summer or deep cold of winter. So we plant for the summer harvest when it’s warm instead of hot, and …

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  Big thanks to Alex Stubblefield, who took brilliant care of the PCC garden while Maggie was on maternity leave. It was no small thing to keep plants alive this summer, let alone thriving! Thank you, Alex.

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