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Veggie Bed Build Update

Veggie Bed Build Update

When I left off in the last post about veggie bed building, our new beds were mostly dug, and we were getting ready to fill the soil back in.  They...
SF Design Week and Sustainability

SF Design Week and Sustainability

 We're really excited to announce that we've been invited to participate in an exhibit next month at SF Design week (virtual, of course) called Bay...
How to transplant tomatoes

How to transplant tomatoes

If you started your tomato seeds back in January or February, chances are you've got some healthy baby plants ready to go into the ground now.  Sc...
This weekend:  Start some seeds!

This weekend: Start some seeds!

Spring is really here.  You can almost hear the plants pushing up through the ground. This weekend would be a wonderful time to plant seeds you alr...
Earth Day, Covid-19 and rethinking "normal"

Earth Day, Covid-19 and rethinking "normal"

Please forgive this detour from our normal gardening posts.   Earth Day is a big deal here at Orta. We're an environmental company at our core, fou...
How to Start Seeds

How to Start Seeds

All my friends at seed companies are saying the same thing:  They're seeing a HUGE surge in seed sales right now.  With an increased desire to grow...
Recipe: Pistou aioli with microgreens

Recipe: Pistou aioli with microgreens

Most of you probably don't know this, but here at Orta, we all really like to cook.  We're Orta Kitchen Garden after all, founded to help people ...
This weekend:  How to compost at home

This weekend: How to compost at home

When we think about gardening, plants get all of the attention.  But most experienced gardeners will tell you again and again that it's all about f...
This weekend: building veggie beds

This weekend: building veggie beds

It's day 22, not that anyone's counting, and it's just been announced that there are at least 31 more days to go here in Alameda County.  While of ...
This Weekend: Vegetable Gardening Basics, #pandemicgardening

This Weekend: Vegetable Gardening Basics, #pandemicgardening

Last Saturday, no fewer than three separate people (within hours of each other) all asked me the same thing:  "How do I get started growing my own ...
This Weekend: Digging holes and planting with spazzy children

This Weekend: Digging holes and planting with spazzy children

About 15 minutes before I took the photo above, my daughter was head butting the washing machine as if bouncing it on a trampoline, saying, "Mommy...
COVID and gardening:  Preparing for extra time at home

COVID and gardening: Preparing for extra time at home

     Normally my view of the port of Oakland isn’t exactly coveted in real estate circles, but on Monday, as I watched the Grand Princess docking t...
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