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Location:  Northridge, CA

Day Job:  Science Teacher

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Almonds, Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Chile Peppers, Collards, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Kale, Lavender, Lemons, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Mustard Greens, Oranges, Oregano, Pears, Peas, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Almonds,Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Borage,Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Celery,chard, chili peppers,collards, Comfrey, cucumbers,Hummingbird sage,Clary Sage, Helichrysum,garlic, green beans,calendula, geranium, kale, lavender, lemons,lemon balm,lemon grass, Lemon Verbena, lettuce, melons, mint, mustard greens, nectarines, Onions,oranges, Pears, Plums, native poppies, oregano, peas, pumpkin, Rose geranium, roses, ROSEMARY, Spearmint, SPINACH, Squash, Strawberries, sugar snap peas,Tomatoes

Animals:  Bees, Dogs, Bees, butterflies,cats, dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Mission: To landscape with natives and drought tolerant plants so we don't waste water and so the native insects and birds have some food to eat! I also make soap and distill essential oil from my herbs.

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  • Posted by: KC on September 15th, 2014 at 08:33 pm

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day! : ) Voted : )

  • Posted by: Wall 2 Wall Border Collies on September 15th, 2014 at 04:01 pm

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day! : ) Voted : )

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on June 15th, 2012 at 04:04 pm

    Hi Moonwater. I told you that last year my lavender didn't really bloom. Well, this year, it's spreading and blooming. I guess it just needed a year to settle in. I didn't have to do a thing!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on January 19th, 2012 at 05:38 am

    Moonwater, you commented on my inviting country house. The cool thing about it is that it is in he city, minutes from my day job. It's a century old farm house that has been surrounded now but still retained a deep front yard that makes us feel a little separated from the busy activity that passes by. We live in a part of our city that has kept many of its old buildings in the original village setting. I guess you could say it gives us the best of both worlds. You asked about the lavender I planted. It was one of those plants that I purchased at a nursery and it didn't indicate a specific type. It didn't flower a lot last summer, and didn't spread much the way I thought it would. I need to investigate more for the coming garden season about the best conditions for it. Maybe you have a tip or two?

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on January 7th, 2012 at 08:37 pm

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day. My, you're growing a lot of things. One of my goals is also to provide some sustenance for the birds and bees. I've planted quite a few native flowers and, year after year, they spread and fill in the garden better. I love for the pollinators, and also the butterflies to have somewhere friendly to go.

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on January 7th, 2012 at 06:35 pm

    Congrats on being Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: cse on August 19th, 2011 at 04:51 pm

    Thanks for stopping by with congratulations for my farmer of the month win. I'm glad you like the garden. I actually need to update my photos. It's looking a whole lot better now that we have heat!

    Looks like you're growing a lot too. Have fun gardening and here's a vote.

  • Posted by: Dutch Farm on August 18th, 2011 at 07:07 am

    Thanks for the add! I had lavender plants but they have really started to die off :( I think that they don't get enough sun anymore because the trees have grown so big.

  • Posted by: Moonwater on June 23rd, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Hey Ground Breaker!

    How is your garden growing? I'm sorry I have been away for awhile. Yields of lavender-depends on the type. For some it takes only a year to get very bushy and productive-for others 2-3. This is the third year for my main lavender area and we have a good start to the harvest, but I wish I had kept better records for the last two-so I could give more accurate accounts of the amounts. The Angustifolia ( English) varieties have a smaller yield because they are smaller plants, and their oil is used for medicinal and aromatherapy applications. The larger intermedias are used more for soaps and they have a higher yield. I have made a very pleasant mix of some of the sweeter smelling varieties and the resulting oil is pretty amazing in goats milks soap or balm. They all seem to be more productive with a dry, alkaline almost rocky or sandy soil.

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