Gardening Tips for Drought in your Edible Landscape

Gardening Tips for Drought in your Edible Landscape

By Avis Licht On the west coast of the United States we’re experiencing the worst drought in over 150 years. With more people needing more water, food and goods it is important that all of us do our part to reduce our water use. Gardeners love their plants and don’t want them to die. I’ll […]

A Story About Lawns and God

A Story About Lawns and God

posted by, not written by Avis Licht I make it a rule to only post what I write unless I have a guest blogger.  A friend sent me this story about lawns and drought and some other crazy garden behavior.  We haven’t been able to find the author but hope you enjoy the story. Of […]

Music That Delights and Enthralls

Music That Delights and Enthralls

By Avis Licht I’ve enjoyed the music of Laurie Lewis for years and then lo and behold she wrote this song called Garden Grow. I think it’s a hoot and  want to share this great tune about her love of the garden and making it grow better. I announce this as my new anthem. Please […]

Incredible Raised Beds and  Cold Frame Together

Incredible Raised Beds and Cold Frame Together

by Avis Licht This raised bed has many positive attributes. Let me count the ways. 1. It is easy to build. Using either recycled or new wood, you only need to put the four sides together with angle brackets. I suggest that you make the bed small enough that you can reach over to harvest […]

How to Prepare Your Edible Garden for Drought

How to Prepare Your Edible Garden for Drought

by Avis Licht In Northern California we’re experiencing a record breaking drought this winter. The rainy season isn’t over – yet, but there is no rain forecast for the rest of January, and reservoirs and streams are very low. There are a few simple and easy steps you can take to prepare your garden for […]

Pineapple Guava - Easy to Grow - Delicious to Eat

Pineapple Guava – Easy to Grow – Delicious to Eat

by Avis Licht –   The Pineapple Guava is one of my favorite plants.  It serves many purposes in the edible garden. It’s an easy care, evergreen shrub that has edible flowers, edible fruits and somehow, the deer DON’T eat it.  It almost sounds to good to be true. Where I live, deer eat almost all […]

How to Sow Cover Crops in the Fall in Your Edible Landscape

How to Sow Cover Crops in the Fall in Your Edible Landscape

by Avis Licht A cover crop is an area of planting that is sown for the purpose of improving the soil and keeping the ground “covered” to prevent erosion. The right plant can: Increase the  organic matter content of the soil Increase the availability of nutrients Improve the soil’s tilth, which is the texture of […]

Gratitude in the Garden

Gratitude in the Garden

by Avis Licht It’s two days after the Summer Solstice and the garden is coming into fruition. I am feeling so grateful to have a garden, to spend time in it, and to have so much wonderful food come out of it.  We also have  flowers everywhere, to bring color and joy. And to invite […]

Easy Summer Tasks in the Edible Landscape

Easy Summer Tasks in the Edible Landscape

by Avis Licht In the garden my plants are bursting with happiness from the latest rains after some very warm days.  In northern California we rarely get rain in June, and when we do, it’s cause for celebration.  Irrigation from the municipal water that is treated with chemicals, is not the same as rain and […]

Carrots and Container Planting in the Edible Landscape

Carrots and Container Planting in the Edible Landscape

by Avis Licht [portfolio_slideshow include=”2632,2630,2631,2629,2627,2628″] I love carrots fresh from the garden, but I also have had some real problems growing them.  I get the beds beautifully prepared, raked and ready to go.  Sow the seed, water the bed, watch it germinate and bam! the next day the seedlings are all gone. What in the […]

Golden Moments in the Garden

Golden Moments in the Garden

Guest blog by Charlene Burgi from Marin Municipal Water District I enjoyed Charlene’s post so much that I asked her if I could use it in my own blog and it turns out she and MMWD are happy to share her writings.  I hope you  enjoy it also. Early this morning, Jack and I observed […]

An Edible Landscape Can Take Many Forms

An Edible Landscape Can Take Many Forms

by Avis Licht   Edible landscaping has become more popular than I ever thought it would or could. Every day we hear about some new project in cities all over the world. We’re seeing gardens that are both beautiful and have delicious, healthy produce. I mean, it only makes sense. In Marin County the municipal […]

Ask Avis Your Gardening Questions!

Ask Avis Your Gardening Questions!

by Avis Licht I’m starting a new feature on my blog as a result of popular demand. Whatever your reason, it’s going to be easy to send me your gardening questions and get a quick answer.  If I don’t know the answer, I’ll direct you to a good source. ASK TODAY! Here’s chance for all […]

Winter Gardening Tasks in the Edible Landscape

Winter Gardening Tasks in the Edible Landscape

by Avis Licht In the middle of a cold and wet winter day it’s hard to think about what needs doing in the garden. But there are a few items on the to do list that will give your garden a jump on  the spring rush. Be sure to take a walk around the garden […]

Winter Solstice in the Edible Landscape

Winter Solstice in the Edible Landscape

by Avis Licht  As far as we know there is still only one of these for us to live on: together, all the peoples of the earth.  Today, December 21, 2012, is the shortest day of the year in the northern latitudes. The longest night.  Out of darkness is born the hope of summer and […]

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