Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Meditation

“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.”
― Aldo Leopold

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pam Kapchinske Art

I am really proud and excited to announce that my talented wife Pam has opened an art shop.  She has a variety of prints, wooden art panels and greeting cards available.  Her art is inspired by the beauty around us all, from the magical intricacies of nature to the shining spirits of people she loves.  I think readers of this blog will appreciate her inspired designs.  Check out her Etsy shop HERE, and please help spread the word!  Cheers!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Meditation

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
― E.B. White

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

Sending you and yours a big Valentine's Day hug.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Meditation

“Man is the most insane species.  He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature.  Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshipping.”
― Hubert Reeves

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Southern California Gardening – February

School Garden in San Diego
“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Things to plant in February
Lettuce, kale, collards, spinach, chard, purple beans, carrots, parsnip, radish, beets, strawberries and deciduous fruit trees.  You can also start warm-season vegetables from seed in a greenhouse or cold frame for transplanting in March or April.

February To-Do List
Harvest cool-season crops such as peas, lettuces and other greens to encourage production.
Pull weeds while the ground is soft.
Plant cover crops in unused garden beds.
Continue to prune your deciduous fruit trees as needed.
Spray leafless fruit trees with a dormant spray.
Feed your citrus trees if not done already.
Gather compost and start planning your warm-season garden.

Monarch Butterfly
Native Plants and Habitat
Plant milkweed to provide habit for monarch butterflies.

If planting bareroot varieties, dig a hole deeper than the roots and at least half a foot wider.  Spread the roots apart as you fill the hole with good soil.  Water well to get rid of air pockets.
Have fun!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday Meditation

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and all science.  He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
― Albert Einstein