Far Out Flora

Beneficial Insect Spotted

November 2, 2013 by Megan | 4 Comments

It’s smiling

On Halloween we found this cute little lady bug in our garden.

Ladybug on the peas and dill

This spent dill and volunteer pea have created a real life ladybug haven in our garden.

 

Sunflower ‘Japanese Silver-Leaf’

This sunflower has been covered in aphids for quite some time. There’s a constant stream of ants going up and down farming them. It doesn’t seem to bother the plant too much, and is probably one of the reasons we have our ladybug hang out. It’s an awesome sunflower.

More ladybug action

Here are a few more pics from the garden:

Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Deep Red’

Marigold ‘Harlequin’

Veggieland

Anigozanthos

 

Lotsa Love for Lettuce

June 13, 2013 by Megan | 9 Comments

Lettuce babies

Way back in early April after the snow finally melted on our cinder block raised bed, I planted a bunch of lettuce seeds that were left over from my failed indoor lettuce growing experiment. It’s totally possible and easy to grow greens inside, I’ve done it before successfully. The key is you have to remember to water them. Oops!

Getting bigger

I was convinced the hungry bunnies that ate any type of cabbagey plant in our garden would go after my lettuce babies, but they left them alone. We currently have a wee freshly kicked out of the nest baby bunny living in one of our garden beds that has started chomping on stuff and making me very angry. My poking at it with the tennis ball chucker a few times a day doesn’t seem to bother it enough to find a new spot to hang.

Violas make salads prettier

I wasn’t able to fill up all the cinder block holes with salad, so I threw in some violas. We’re still moving back to California, so I went a little crazy on early season stuff I could get in the ground before the last frost date. Matti’s actually in SF right now looking for a place for us to live and working at Flora Grubb Gardens. Zoe, Max and I will follow in mid-to-late July.

The spinner

Dill, chives and flat leaf parsley, even a wee bit of oregano spice things up. I pick and wash a big batch, throw it in a bag and it’s good for at least a week.

What it looks like now

Heck, it’s probably even more out of control since I haven’t harvested for a few days.

The whole deal

This is embarrassing… all of the left overs have been planted here. The red box is a bunny nightclub. One day everything is fine the next day it looks like they got wasted and rolled around on everything, leaving chunks of fur. They’ve left it alone for awhile now, but I’m hesitant to plant more stuff.

p.s. chain link fences are ugly, but better than no fence

February 22, 2010
by Megan
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Edible Excitement

About a month ago I ordered a bunch of veggie seeds from Bountiful Gardens out of Willits, about two and half hours north of San Francisco.  They’ve been sitting around collecting dust. After Plant ID class on Saturday our friend … Continue reading