This is the story of our adventures -- every day and extraordinary; our dreams -- tiny and grand; our gardens -- ornamental and sustaining; this is the story of our journey.  We are a family of four living a mindful, simple life here in Los Angeles County.  We are green, conscious, and forward thinking.  We keep an eye on the past because some of the best things have already been done and bear repeating.  Walk and talk with us, have a glass of wine, taste a peach or a tomato, blow some bubbles and watch them drift up over the canyon ridge.  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The status of things...

Let me lead you down my garden path
And tell you tales of love and wrath...

Or maybe I'll just show you pictures of my kids and my plants and my stuff...

Redwood cones
Woodland garden
Pumpkin and potato growing in my morel habitat
Imagine, an oak seedling
Spring harvest
Spring salad
Rainbow chard
Tomato seedlings
Garlic bed, pre-harvest!
Onion bed, last week
Lettuce and wild arugula
Making meatballs
And flatbread
Self portrait
First lemon
Another SP
Alium harvest!
Potato flowers
Garlic bed now -- almost clean slate!
A new clean slate for planting
A bird in my car

Monday, May 16, 2011

An inadvertent harvest

While I was weeding the garlic and onion beds the yesterday ("weeding" means pulling ash tree seedlings for the most part), I decided that the yarrow had gotten OUT.OF.CONTROL.  I know it's a beneficial and I like it well enough, but when it jumps the border of the bed and becomes insidious inside and hides my carrots from view, well, it's time for some yarrow-taming.  I pulled clump after clump, unintentionally dislodging a few intentional plants -- the almost-ready-for-harvest onions and volunteer potatoes pictured above, as well as about a dozen baby carrots that were quickly devoured by one to-remain-nameless 4.8333333-year old....

I couldn't let those sweet little onions go to waste and as I already had a few in the crisper drawer (from the CSA box)  I decided to make onion powder!  I thinly sliced the onions and put them in the dehydrator.
Today Alex and I pulverized them into some yummy smelling sweet onion powder!

Next on the agenda:  buy some raw cream to sour, mix up some fresh onion dip,  fry some potato chips....

Monday, May 9, 2011

At just the right angle

Sometimes life comes at you a little sideways, catches you off balance, but if you take a moment or two to adjust your perspective, things usually come into focus...