Serendipitous SF gardening

MY GLEN PARK BACK YARD IS defined by frustration. Isn’t that the gardener’s lot ? Thankfully, tenacity is another trait of those who grub in the dirt. Understanding that happenstance plays a big part also helps. Year after year, bit by bit, my garden has┬átaken root. Successes have replaced failures coaxing flora from San Francisco’s […]

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Tree by tree SF goes green

IN AN EARLIER POST THIS SPRING I MENTIONED the burgeoning sidewalk gardens and tree planting across the city that’s softening the predominant concrete landscape. On the SF government website I found a tree-population map showing just how much is bereft of greenery the city is outside of such havens as Golden Gate Park, Glen Canyon […]

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Lettuce praise in Fog City

FALL-SPRING IS LETTUCE SEASON in our Glen Park backyard. I plant mesclun–or mixed– romaine, arugula and leaf lettuce seeds in a ground well nourished with organic compost, peat moss, dried leaves and steer manure. It takes about a month before harvest—- I use scissors, trimming the top three inches, leaving an inch or two for […]

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Spring flower show

SAN FRANCISCANS ARE INCREASINGLY making room for drought-tolerant gardens in the scarce space in front of their houses. They’re creating visual relief to often monotonous blocks of densely packed housing rolled out in the 1930s-1950s along a carpet of cement. If they can’t jackhammer space for a flowerbed they’re fashioning gardens in planters. There’s a […]

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