My Ugly Garden

My Ugly Garden

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back in Town

It's been awhile since my last post.  Our family just returned from touring California's northern coast.  The beautifully rugged coastline and ancient redwoods make for a truly amazing place.  Instead of embarking on a vacation montage, I will try my best to keep it garden focused.  One of our early stops was a visit to my Aunt and Uncle.  They have always been amazing gardeners.  Selling fresh produce out of their garage in years past.  Here are a few pictures from the garden tour.
Look at this beautiful veggie space

Beautiful beans!

The last of the artichokes  
This is just a sampling of the garden.  Also planted were zucchini, kale, corn and fruit trees. It was such a joy to spend some time with my Aunt and Uncle in their lovely home and garden.  They sent us on our way with three giant zucchini, which were delicious, by the way.  It is with a touch of envy that I look at these pictures and then out to The Ugly, which was completely scorched by the 108 degree temperatures today.  I will go survey the damage tomorrow, I may have lost my beans, but I will hope for the best.  



  1. well, i mean, really, don't compare yourself to them. they are Jascha Heifetz...David are you! (violinistically & gardenistically) improvement a tiny bit at a time is what counts. besides, who or what can survive 108 degrees??!?!?!? blechhhhh!!

  2. If you microwave the "cheap" birdseed (which we buy from Costco), it will not sprout. Here is the advice from

    Sterilize your bird seed. For a gallon of seed, place it in a paper bag and cook it on high in the microwave for 5 minutes. In a conventional oven, place on a flat baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. Sterilizing your seed will not alter the attractiveness or nutritional value of the seed for your birds.