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Permaculture: A Gardening Philosophy

Photo credit: Big Pine Paiute Tribe

Do you recycle?  Compost?  Plant a vegetable garden?  Have fruit trees?  Raise chickens?  If so, you are already practicing permaculture.  A while back, a fellow Master Gardener shared an article about permaculture, which...

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Potato primer

potato vars

Originating in the Andes regions of South America, potatoes quickly became a staple food in much of Northern Europe, from there spreading to Northern India and beyond. There are many areas of the world, however, that have not embraced this humble...

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Starting from Seed


You may choose to sow your own seeds to grow interesting cultivars, or to regrow last year's magnificently-producing vegetable. My friend has saved seeds from her tomatoes for the last 6 years. They are now well-adapted to the Bishop climate and thrive...

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Akebia quinata

Akebia quinata growing around a doorway in Bishop.

If you're interested in vines or marginally edible landscape plants, you may want to check out the Akebia quinata vine at the corner of Lagoon and Main St in Bishop at Cobwebs antique shop. It is currently in bloom and appears to be the less common...

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Wake up and use the coffee - grounds, that is!

coffee grounds

I have always wondered about those free coffee grounds for your garden offered at most Starbucks.  I never took them up on the offer, and pretty much decided that it was a good way for them to get rid of untold pounds of grounds and not feel...

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

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