Category : Journal

A Year for Love & Book Making

  It’s been 7 years since I began writing and capturing images for Pass The Pistil. When I started, I wasn’t sure where it would lead, I just knew I had to start. Through the process of writing the blog,…

6 Comments / 98 View / January 23, 2017

Finding New Life Through Gardening

  It’s no secret that gardening is good for us. Studies consistently show that tending a garden reduces stress and lowers risk of disease associated with aging. You may have also heard that cities with more trees have less crime…

2 Comments / 308 View / April 4, 2016

Grow What You Love and Pass It On

  In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them. If I ever hesitated with a task my mother, not usually sporting the mouth of a sailor, would…

2 Comments / 275 View / February 17, 2015

Taking Notes in Wild Places

  In a little traveled fringe of California, in the northern most corner where sitka spruce are nearly equal to redwoods, a tsunami warning sign reminds us we’re almost there. We can’t see it yet, but the Pacific is around the…

0 Comments / 191 View / January 26, 2015

3 Reasons to Love Apricot Season

  It’s apricot season and I’m reminded of why they’re so amazing. One. They never taste as good as they do right now. Time for picking and eating. And soon it will be time for the inevitable, hurry-up quick baking…

0 Comments / 109 View / June 16, 2014

Upcycle — Gardening on a Budget

What is it about coming across something perfectly wonderful when you’re least expecting it — at the thrift store, a garage sale or sitting on the curb next to a sign reading, “free stuff”? Doesn’t it sort of feel like…

0 Comments / 85 View / February 9, 2014

Garden Planning and the Five F’s

The art of crafting a garden is one of the most fulfilling and sometimes hair pulling endeavors to embark upon. Clean lines, starting small and including plants you love is a good place to begin. But when choosing plants count…

0 Comments / 21 View / April 4, 2013

Winter Beacon

It’s fitting that pomegranates are ripe and ready at the holiday season. Like the warm glow of a candle on a short day, or long night, they are the beacon of the fall/winter fruit food group. Combine their “super food”…

0 Comments / 6 View / January 10, 2013

Seed Saving

These are the last of my beans for the season. I left them on the vine to fully mature and ready for next season’s planting, pulling them before our first full set of rains and well after my last beans…

0 Comments / 8 View / November 18, 2012

Framing Seasons

The crazy, inexplicable tug of fall is here.  I love it.  In fact, I’m in a quandary.  For all my love of spring and my need for green, I must say, I couldn’t do it without fall (and winter for…

0 Comments / 2 View / October 27, 2011