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Oregon Sugar Pod a Poppin

January 6, 2012 by Matti | 11 Comments

Oregon Sugarpod II - Pisum sativum

Oregon Sugar Pod II - Pisum sativum

After ripping out the cherry tomatoes, we planted four Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea Plants.  Can I say there’s nothing like harvesting a pea pod off the vine and popping it into your mouth?  Crispy, crunch, delicious.  Since we had some bad luck previously, we modified our planting container a little bit.

Oregon Sugarpod II - Pisum sativum

Oregon Sugar Pod II - Pisum sativum

We started these Oregon Sugarpod II last October from small plant seedlings.  The last time we planted peas, the birds attacked them fierce.  This time we wrapped a mesh barrier around the trellis of the container to protecting their tender leaves.  We already had the mesh laying around from another project, so the cost was just some extra time to tie it on.

Oregon Sugarpod II - Pisum sativum

Oregon Sugar Pod II - Pisum sativum

Here’s a couple more pic of the Oregon Sugar Pod II (Pisum sativum).  Each one was taken every couple of weeks.  We were surprised how fast they grew.  Oh hey…quick shout out to Life on the Balcony.  We won this self watering container from Fern during one of her contest.  Yo Fern, the container is still going strong…thanks again!

Oregon Sugarpod II - Pisum sativum

Oregon Sugar Pod II - Pisum sativum

Oregon Sugarpod II - Pisum sativum

Oregon Sugar Pod II - Pisum sativum

Here it is about mid December, about 10 weeks after we planted them.  I believe that’s the day we picked our first pea pod.  Yum.

Oregon Sugarpod II - Pisum sativum

Oregon Sugar Pod II - Pisum sativum

Oregon Sugar Pod II is advertised as a dwarf plant, and would have to say it stopped about 4 feet tall.  We ripped off the mesh for easier picking, and seems that it did a great job keeping the birds at bay.  Our neighbor says that you can use the leaves for cooking or a salad topper, but we haven’t tried it yet.  Do any of you eat the leaves from edible peas?

– Far Out Flora

Utilitarian Franchise Garden

May 13, 2011 by Megan | 21 Comments

Sweet new pillows.

Our Sweet new pillows.

You never know where the garden world is going to take you.  We were out and about looking at some cool indie crafts down in Hayes Valley (SF), and these awesome octopus pillows caught our eye.  That’s were we met Tin of Utiltarian Franchise.  Turns out that not only does Tin design the coolest pillows ever, he also is an avid gardener.

Staghorn Ferns with Succulent Wall

Staghorn Fern Grotto with Succulent Wall

A week later, we headed over to check it out.  OMGosh, hands down…Tin’s garden is incredible.  For the past two years, he has been filling every nook up and down with tons of succulents, bros and epiphytes.

Bros and succulents

Bros and succulents

Tin plays a lot with color and texture.  Also without the ability to chop up the concrete, he uses a bunch of containers and vertical wall panels.

Succulent Wall.

Succulent Wall.

Such as these sweet panels he made including the frames.  So what does Tin do with his old serography screens when they are past their prime?  He makes them into vertical walls.  Man, I really wish I would have come up with that…it’s brilliant.

San Francisco in succulents.

San Francisco in succulents.

Oh, and love the stags too.  Also, <3 those hanging letters.  He has collected enough letters to almost spell out San Francisco too…sans the F.

Sweet succulent containers.

Succulent containers.

BTW as always, there are more pics of Tin’s work on our Flickr.

Big, bad A succulent panel

Big, bad A succulent panel Bromeliad Tree.

Geez, I want this succulent wall.

Bromeliad Tree.

Bromeliad Tree.

Okay, so there’s a lot to take in at Tin’s garden…and can’t wait to head back.  Wanting more info on Utilitarian Franchise designs, check out this SF Gate article.  Hey Tin, we love the pillows and thanks for the tour.

Far Our Flora

November 24, 2010
by Megan
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Cranking Out Containers

Two weekends ago we spent both sunny warm days playing in the garden. When I wasn’t shoving teeny little succulents in globes, I was shoving bigger succulents in this plastic fish we bought for a dollar in Alameda (shout out … Continue reading

August 20, 2010
by Megan
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Container Before and Afters

One day this Spring I got antsy and decided I HAD to buy a bunch of six pack annuals that very second. It was Mother’s Day late in the afternoon, so the plants were pretty picked over. I still bought … Continue reading

July 18, 2010
by Megan
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In the Neighborhood

It’s not too flashy or full of really cool succulents. I tucked some graptopetalum in two years ago, and they were all snipped out within a month. Lame succulent stealers! This funky little succulent container garden is a block down … Continue reading