Friday, July 31, 2015

Backyard Young Fruit Garden

Looks like the young guava tree sapplings are established. This is year is second year in the ground. Expecting fruit in next year or two.
Our first potted orange tree has a few fruits. 
The espalier apple tree known as the fruit bowl has a variety of cultivars including gala, gravenstein, yellow delicious and fuji. Woot!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#droughtshame solution

A local entrepeneur discovered a way to reduce drinking water usage for gardens by transporting potable water to clients.

Love it!! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Grape Harvest 2015

What could possibly be better than a garden buddy? 

Yep, you guessed it: two garden buddies

Boots and Tigger discovered the red grape clusters this morning! 
Woot! Nothing better than chilled grapes with dinner.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 Water Wise Challenge

At the beginning of the summer we made a water wise goal to drop water bill by 50% from last year. We didn't want to lose the edible garden and still wanted to build the mostly ornamental Backyard Bistro. So we let go of the lawn and collected gray water from kid's baths (which was a fun chore to collect and redistribute into rain barrels). 

By chosing plant material that include mosty succulents, natives and a few water loving plants (fuschia, burgmansia and bougainvilla) we have been able to enjoy a low water haven without compromising the desire for color.

North Facing View in late afternoon

Hanging Fuschia on Hummingbird Island

North Facing View from End of Patio (arch on right side of image is Hummer Island) and directly across from patio to the right is Grape Arbor (below)

Close up

Close Up and Personal