Why, yes, that is a weed wacker on my bike…

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…

If a sidewalk garden is too much, consider weeds

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…

Good plants for under street trees . . .

. . . do not include Echium.  Or any other woody shrub.   Kids, there’s a reason these trees are so unhappy:

Big tree in a tiny pot

In the Mission on 22nd St.  The owner said there’s concrete under the pot.  Hmmm . . .

California wildflowers in full bloom

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.

“Stone” wall

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.

Mission Pie Sidewalk Replanting

I just helped Mission Pie finish up the first phase of their sidewalk replanting at 25th and Mission in San Francisco.  I’ll post more photos soon but missionlocal.org has some here: http://missionlocal.org/2011/04/a-garden-grows-at-mission-pie/

About the Small Spot Gardens blog

For the moment I’ll be posting about any great small spot that catches my eye for aesthetic reasons but I’ll be particularly looking for: good reuse of materials that would have otherwise gone into a landfill low or no toxicity construction materials and techniques designs that help with water issues – either by helping manage stormwater so runoff doesn’t pollute nearby bodies of water or by reducing the amount…