10 Things you never have to throw away again

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We throw away so many things every day without thinking, just to get in the car, drive to the store, buy some more of them and repeat the process. This started to drive me nuts a few years ago when I was given a lovely collection of old-fashioned lady’s handkerchiefs. I realized the sheer volume of how many tissues I would go through during cold … Read More

Modern espalier

My favorite thing to find in the garden is fruit trees in bloom. The smell, the pop of delicate blossoms, and tiny burgeoning fruits. Unfortunately in most small gardens, fruit trees spend most of the year as thorny tangled messes whose branches lazily droop into nearby vegetable beds. The kindly gardener has to tip-toe around her lemons lest they reach out and tear her sleeve, or worse, … Read More

Espalier Avocado

In our design for the Rosmead Garden we have included several espalier fruit trees to maximize production in our small space without losing much room or sunlight. We plan for one of these to be an avocado. Typically, avocado trees grow very large and cumbersome – 5 to 8 feet at maturity. This would take up most of the small kitchen garden … Read More

New Growth at Intrepid Gardens

Meet the Rosmead Garden Our friends who have volunteered their yard and enthusiasm live just off the cutest lane called Rosmead Place. With the park, shopping, and Town Hall around the corner, we are excited about the prospects of this garden becoming a central teaching opportunity. This also challenges us to design for a more aesthetically oriented population, combining sustainability, high yields, … Read More

Rare tropical varieties – Kekiri

We are well acquainted with the cucumber, grown all over for pickling and salads, but the rare tropical varieties from Sri Lanka and India surprisingly receive far less airtime. Kekiri, technically classified as a cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is much harder and less sweet than cucumber cultivated in the West and research suggests the variety is more closely related to the melon. Due … Read More

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