Posted on December 4, 2011
It’s been about 6 months since the last time I posted any pictures … partly because it’s been a crazy summer and fall full of gardening. And partly because I really don’t like writing 🙂
So I’ve enlisted my friend (and founder of the amazing Phyteclub) Katie Renz to take my thoughts and turn them into something readable. You’ll love her!
Posted on May 29, 2011
It’s kind of amazing what kind of garden maintenance you can do with just a bike. For instance, I can do very (very) small lawns with a 3 lb weed wacker that easily attaches to the bike. A little crazy but it works – sometimes people have just a tiny patch of grass and a full mower would be overkill.
On a side note – I’ve been timing trips around San Francisco because I’ll be buying a truck soon for mulching and installations. So far, because of the parking difficulties, the door-to-door bike vs car timing is either equal or the bike is faster – even for getting from the mission to the sunset. I’ll keep timing but my guess is that even with a truck ready to go I may end up relying on the bike for routine maintenance.
Posted on May 18, 2011
Knotweed (Polygonum capitatum) is considered a weed in San Francisco because it’ll take over a garden. I wouldn’t advise planting it in a yard but look how great it looks when it grows in cracks in the sidewalk:
It’s invasive in natural areas but it seems like it couldn’t spread far if it’s surrounded by concrete. I’d hesitate to plant it but probably wouldn’t rip it out if I found a situation like this one.
Posted on May 17, 2011
Posted on May 16, 2011
Posted on May 10, 2011
Spring hits at the California native garden in the SF botanical garden . . .
It’s definitely not a small garden but the same planting scheme can be used in a smaller – but still sunny – space. My neighbors planted a mostly CA native meadow along their strip of sidewalk that looks great every spring.
Posted on May 4, 2011
This is a concrete wall in the SF Botanical Garden made to look like ancient layers of stone by lining the inside of a form with tinfoil and pouring multiple layers of concrete, each with a different texture and color.
Very cool way to add interest to what otherwise could have been a boring garden wall.