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UPDATE: IT’S NOT TOO LATE to plan for the Fall / Winter Season

October 26th, 2010

For all you local gardeners who may be feeling like you’ve missed the boat by not sowing your seeds yet for the Fall / Winter season; it’s not too late!  (Or, at least we hope so!)

Pat, our gardener (in the hat), takes a moment to speak with a journalist.  Note how she has cut back many of our garden perennials like chives and the ornamental society garlic to grow again during the Fall and Winter season.

Last week our gardener Pat worked hard on the “out with the old” chore of garden clean-up by pulling out any herbs unharvested by our enthusiastic community of gleaners!  (Thank you again to those who participated in our last herb harvest of the year!)  She also began prepping the soil by working in compost from our own Student Farm, along with a soil supplement we told you about last season called Earthworks Renovate/Plus.  For more information about this product check out our previous blog entry on the topic here.

This patch is where we grew our corn.  The spearmint patch in the foreground looks very happy doesn’t it?  It smells great too, but don’t forget to keep it pulled up and pruned back from areas where you don’t want it–mint likes to take over!

It is looking rather barren out there now.  It’s times like these when there’s hope in the air…as in, I hope something grows from all those seeds of lettuce, chard, kale, beets, etc. we’ll be planting this week!

What’s going on with your garden so far this season?


SOIL AMENDMENTS: Here is what we are using this season!

May 11th, 2010

This season we are using a new product from Earthworks called Renovate Plus to amend our soil in addition to some compost from the UC Davis Student Farm. If you are interested in learning more about how we’ve amended our soil in the past, check out this past blog entry.

Here is a little bit about the product and the company from their website:

EarthWorks has been formulating and manufacturing the most complete Dry Organic fertilizers on the market since 1988. We start with carbon rich compost that feeds soil biology and will help to build soil structure. The real strength of the EarthWorks fertilizers is the addition of rock minerals, and multiple carbon sources that together create an agronomic superiority unlike any other fertilizers on the market today. The key to the EarthWorks program is to build a carbon foundation in the soil that allows for the reduction of excess fertilizer, preserving soils and budgets.

If you are interested in purchasing this product you can visit one of their distributors these locations:

Sierra Pacific
1175 Tara Court
Rocklin, CA
Hours 7 AM-5 PM Monday – Friday


Sierra Pacific
510 Salmar Avenue
Campbell, CA
Hours 7 AM-4:30 PM Monday-Friday

I know their locations and times aren’t the most convenient for the home gardener, but they just don’t have a sales channel for local nurseries yet!