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A Place in the Sun

Location:  Riverside, CA

Day Job:  Systems Engineer

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Other

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Grapes, Melons, Mint, Oranges, Oregano, Rosemary, Squash, Thyme, Tomatoes, Decorative Fairy Garden creations in half-barrels

Animals:  Dogs, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Fish, Domestic Finches, and Wild Birds

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I've loved growing things ever since I was a little boy watching my mother grow peppers, tomatoes, and cantaloupes in a long, narrow patch of dirt alongside our driveway in New York. The rigors and stresses of the day just disappear when I'm working in the garden. I like to incorporate herbs and shrubs into my fairy gardens, making them practical as well as decorative. That "bush" behind the little red-winged fairy in the upper left corner of my main photo is actually Greek oregano and the "shade tree" is a Japanese boxwood shrub. I carved the rails and posts for the fences from bougainvillaea branches.

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  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on December 28th, 2013 at 04:47 pm

    Wonderful pictures! Voted.

 
 
  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on December 28th, 2013 at 07:48 am

    Congrats on being Farmer of the Day!

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on December 28th, 2013 at 07:16 am

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day.

 
 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on January 5th, 2013 at 07:34 am

    Hi Place in the Sun. When last I talked to you in March, you had a plan to create a larger scale fairy garden (not in a barrel). Did you make any progress in summer 2012? In fact, I guess you can garden all year and not just in summer. Have you taken any pictures?

 
  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on May 14th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Thanks for the note. I'm away from home now on business and haven't been able to get my garden going for this year. Maybe I'll get some stuff planted mid summer. Best of luck!

 
  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on March 7th, 2012 at 07:54 pm

    Congrats on Making Farmer of the Day! Beautiful pics!

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on March 7th, 2012 at 05:02 am

    Your fairy gardens are adorable. Congratulations on being farmer of the day.

 
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