Living in V-Town

This isn’t going to be our usual farm and garden post. I just feel like writing about where I live today. I live in Vallejo. Generally everyone calls it V-town. It’s a city of about 120,000, which is about midsize for the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a beautiful downtown area with stately Victorians…

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Homemade Soda

What’s so great about homemade soda, especially when you can get it so cheaply everywhere? I’ll tell you why. It’s because you know exactly what is in it. None of that ‘citric acid’ and ‘potassium sorbate’ and NO GMO high fructose corn syrup. Or if you prefer diet soda, you can use your preferred sweetener….

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Grapefruit Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. No, not because of any hostile English takeover of an unsuspecting native population, not because of big-buckled pilgrim shoes or hand-print turkey paintings or the compulsive drive to bring decorative tree-droppings (read: leaves, branches, dried flowers) into the house and scatter them about in a playfully Martha-esque fall…

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Heirloom Apples

Prior to 1900 there were over 8,000 varieties of apples. 8,000! That’s an amazing amount! But the vast majority of those varieties have become extinct and the others are quickly fading away. There appears to be only about 700 varieties left in private and public collections. Such a shame! Arkansas Black Apples I’m picky about…

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Things I’ve Learned Take 3

Gardening is always a learning experience. Sometimes you learn from your mistakes. And sometimes you don’t. This fall I knew not to wait too long to get all my fall veggies in the ground. Did I do that? Nope. My second planting of crops has been a complete failure. So this time I’m writing everything…

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Potatoes!

That starchy tuber – the Potato. I love digging up potatoes. It’s like a treasure hunt. This weekend we extended our potato bed and planted a new set of seed potatoes. We are fortunate to have a mild winter, so while the plants may freeze, if we put enough straw over the bed, they will…

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