Seaside Balcony Garden

Seaside Balcony Garden
Re-Purposed Weber

Half Moon Bay Garden Club - Seaside Balcony Garden - June 2010 San Mateo County Fair

The Half Moon Bay Garden Club

Proudly Presents:

A Seaside Balcony Garden


A creative re-use recycled Weber BBQ grill encrusted with beach pebbles and re-purposed as a seaside planter. Playfully splashing out from the “water” is a succulent salmon, created by Edie Phillips and Cid Young using the

following plants:

Fish Face is Sedum hispanicum

Fish Fins are small Aloe plicatilis (Fan Aloe)

Fish Eye is a Sempervivum arachnoideum (Big cobwebs houseleek)

Fish Tail are both Sedum spathlifolium & Sedum hispanicum

“Seaweed” in Weber is Disocactus and Senicio mandraliscae

& other mixed succulents

Ship Funnel “smoke”: is Stipa tenuissima (Nassella or Mexican feather grass)

Other plantings include:

Dischidia in hanging escargot shells

Aeonium arboretum, Ornithogalum (Orange Star) with Bromeliad species and Campanula portenschlagiana (Bellflower -Get Mee)

Carnivorous plants in oyster shell planter are: Dionaea muscipula (Venus Fly Trap); Sarracenia leucophylla (White Topped Pitcher Plant); Drosera capensis ( Octopus Plant or Sundew)

Seashells plantings include: Sedum rupestre & Senecio, Haworthia fasciata, Crassula coccinea, Crassula erosula “Campfire”, Cotyledon species, Echeveria, species Graptopetalum, Sedum rubrotinctum, & Pachyphytum .

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Growing Garlic

After the rain we recently had, now the soil is sufficiently moistened for fall planting of garlic. Nothing could be easier! Basically there are two types of garlic, hard neck (Cloves surrounding a hard stem) and soft neck, (which can later be braided for those so inclined). Yesteday, I planted both types. Chet's Italian, a soft neck , Spanish Roja (described as the most piquant garlic in the world. Immigrants may have brought it to the Portland area before the 1900s) and Chesnok Red.

This year I ordered mine from Gurney's and Ronniger's where I aslo obtain my seed potatoes, but in year's past I have also used Filaree Farm. (Right now there is a sale at Gurney's)

SOURCES:   (A Good article for garlic Growers form the Seed Bank in Petaluma)

Blog Post:

PLANTING TIPS FROM RONNIGER'S: The garlic we offer grows best when fall-planted. Dates vary from mid-September through November, depending on your climate. Usually plant one month before the real cold weather as this will allow time for initial root development and will strengthen the young plant for overwintering.
Water beds a few days before planting if the soil is very dry. This encourages early root growth before winter. Break open your garlic bulbs and loosen them into individual cloves. Select the firmest, largest, best looking cloves for planting. Discard any cloves with signs of decay, irregularities or damage. After deciding on the best spacing pattern for your garlic patch, plant the cloves, root-end down, one inch deep, (that is, to the first knuckle), by simply pressing the clove into the soil.
Later, a light raking over the entire bed will cover the cloves. Where the wind blows, or it can get very cold,
people do plant deeper, 2" - 4" inches is usually the recommended maximum depth.





    Fine Gardening Garlic Article July 2010