Rainy day box of photos…

The Burns Ranch, 1920











I spent many a summer week with the run of my grandparent’s ranch four miles West of Petaluma.  It started with a great-grandparent and a bunch of cows.  According to my grandmother’s note on the back of this particular image the center building was the dairy where the milk was set out in pans during the day, the cream later skimmed off.  Pasteurization, what’s that?


Sprout this….

Several weeks back I made a run to the Seed Bank.  It’s the Petaluma, housed in a historic bank building West Coast retail locale for Baker Creek Heirloom seeds.  I may have been on a retail high because as I was checking out after I’d already eavesdropped on the Novato gardener’s Tomato growing secrets involving plastic bags the clerk made the observation that I must have a really large garden.  It’s not tiny but really large, not so much.

I’m thinking this is my first Tomato sprout.  I’m going to have to wait a bit because not having Martha’s staff or enough of an organizational bent to motivate I did not label any of my starts.  I’ve got a vague idea, know the Tomato seeds were in the compostable trays versus the plastic seed trays (with seventy-two slots) that I also picked up at the Seed Bank for about $1.50.  In the meantime while I wait I’ve got clay and access to two kilns so I’m going to get creative and come up with some sort of plant signage.  Signage large enough to have a small gnome, at least that’s the plan.

Black Krim, possibly

If you want to go for a more generalized gardening sentiment there’s signage to be had from the Etsy shop Garden Designs in Clay found at,  http://www.etsy.com/shop/GardenDesignsinClay

from Designs in Clay, Etsy

It’s that time of year…

I’m still in theory waiting for Summer.  While in holding out mode a friend pointed out some Maple leaves that had turned, as in bright red.  I’m not ready for this, I want a few more tomatoes, cucumbers and the like and yet I found myself at The Seed Bank in Petaluma accumulating a variety of seeds to get in the ground this month.  I know the planting will drift right on into September as I still think August should mostly be about harvesting.  In the meantime there is always watering and weeding.

Seed porn for August and September

The Seed Bank is the West Coast home, literally an old bank building of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds out of Mansfield, Missouri.  Their catalog is visually inspiring but there is something to being able to fondle  those little packets of promise.  I will be planting all of the above.

Baker Creek’s website is http://rareseeds.com/