Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Compost Tea

How many of us really think about what is going on under the soil when we think of our gardens?  Too often the focus is on the visible parts of the plants but when the visible parts start to show signs of suffering it is often something going on (or not going on) under the soil that is the cause of the problem.

Here in Southern California especially we are faced with soils that have been stripped of their natural organisms and minerals by the scraping that comes with our building practices or smothered with turf and compacted by years of improper care.

Our natural soils (yes even our granite and clay based soils here in the Southwest) would normally teem with life in the form of fungi, beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms that are necessary to the health of plant roots. 

In addition to mulching heavily and breaking up heavily compacted soils the application of compost tea can help to reintroduce these essential microorganisms to the soil and speed up the rehabilitation of your soil.

Compost tea can be self-brewed with the right tools but it needs proper aeration and food (molasses) to be successful.  There are many recipes available if you do an online search.

For an easier method you can also purchase tea bags through Malibu Compost here and AgriService, Inc. in Oceanside is also a great resource for larger batches but be sure to call ahead to make sure that they will be brewing it when you need it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rebates Rebates Rebates!

Now is a greater time than ever to convert your lawn to a drought tolerant landscape!  The city of San Diego is offering $1.50/sq ft up to $2,000 rebates on gardens converted this winter and spring!

Click here for more information on the rebate program or cut and paste the following link:

You will need a landscape plan to get through the approval process so call or e-mail to set up a consultation!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Artistic Accents!

Check out this gorgeous outdoor shower made from recycled surfboards by artists Will and Jane Fowler of Del Mar!!

Check out their website at

Accents like this are a wonderful way to add unique elements to your garden while supporting local artists and celebrating local culture!