Garden


larkspur 6-13-19

  Larkspur and stock in the foreground and calendula, onions, and cucumber in the background.   The garden got off to a late start after an incredibly rainy winter, finishing up with the most rain ever recorded in the month of May. Next we had a mini heat wave in early June with temperatures in …

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2-28-19 PCC

  It has been a wonderfully rainy winter and spring and these daffodils and other bulbs planted along the edge of the garden years ago, have loved all the extra water.   The garden’s raised beds have been planted with various cover crops including mustard and fava beans, see photo below.   Here is another …

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Meyer lemon

  The garden has had a good crop of Meyer lemons in December and January.   Welcome to the garden in 2019! My name is Laurie Gates, and I am the new PCC Garden manager. I love the cooler temperatures this time of year which allow all gardens some R&R downtime. I am in the …

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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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