Seed Season

Mixing and sowing yourself

(March 25, 2021) At this time last year, Humboldt County was about to go into lockdown along with most of the state, country and, well, world. Toilet paper was being hoarded, and you...

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Winter Pruning on the North Coast

(February 4, 2021) Winter has finally arrived in Humboldt, after the sunshine and warmer temperatures in early January. We've had frosty nights, even on the coast, and now the normal rains have returned,...

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Fall Color

(December 10, 2020) Fall is upon us in all of her splendor. The late rains this year mean we've been able to enjoy the beautiful trees longer than we're generally used to. The...

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Cleaning Up the Fall Garden ... or Not

(September 24, 2020) My calendar tells me that the Autumn Equinox starts at 6:30 a.m. PST on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Before you get all excited about pumpkin spice season, it's time to think...

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Labyrinth Labor of Love

Making a meditative space, stone by stone

(September 3, 2020) When I walk a labyrinth, my mind becomes almost still. So when I interviewed Susie Laraine and Rockie Head, two Eureka women who built a labyrinth, I expected them to...

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Harvesting Your Haul

And prepping for fall

(August 27, 2020) It's the end of August and harvest season is upon us, time to gather all those goodies from the Corona garden you planted back in May. Aug. 8 was, according...

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On Becoming A Flockster

What chickens bring to your garden

(July 30, 2020) Growing up in rural central California, my two best friends each had chickens in their backyards. Their busy moms would bribe us with a trip to Lickety Split, our favorite...

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Corona Gardens are the New Victory Garden

Planting your way through the pandemic

(June 18, 2020) Back on March 19, my landscaping assistant and I were out working when we heard from friends that Humboldt was under a shelter-in-place order starting later that evening. We...

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