15 Sep 2012
in Flowers, Garden Design, organic gardening, Succulents
Tags: macro lens photography, organic gardening, san diego gardening, Succulents, summer garden
My garden is overgrown, ripe, abundant and a blessing right now…. here are some photos this evening with my macro lens… from the landscaping to the vegetables… all good! My favorite this season were the Heirloom Black Cherry tomatoes and the Sunshine Blue Blueberries.
Gardens truly are miracles from the beginning of planting a seed to enjoying the benefits at the table! From flowering Cactus to pulling out carrots and beets from the soil, I am always amazed at the continual beauty and joyful benefits of taking the time to garden.
19 Jun 2012
in Garden Design, Garden Fruits, Garden Projects, Living Healthy, organic gardening
Tags: container gardening, low chill blueberries, organic blueberries, san diego gardening
Summer is here and my garden is up to some magic again! This is year # 3 for my blueberry bushes and the maturity of these bushes are offering an amazing harvest. A few helpful hints for enjoying these blue beauties. For San Diego area and growing zones 7-10 purchase Low Chill blueberries such as Southern Highbush: Sunshine Blue and Sharp Blue are the varieties I planted in barrels with a drip water system. Acidic soil is the essential trick to a good harvest, I use azalea soil and add peat moss throughout the year. Toss in saved “used” coffee grounds each month and place at least an inch of compost to cover the soil. Planting several varieties in close proximity also helped, they seemed to attract more bees this year. Low chill blueberries bloom and fruit all year-long. Also, placing rubber snakes in and around the barrels diminished my bird problem.
Sharp Blue Blueberries grown in a barrel. Container Gardening at its finest!
If you are a “snack while you garden” gardener like me then this is the ideal fruit for you! It’s kind of cool getting full on blueberries Happy Gardening!
08 Jun 2012
in Cactus, Flowers, Garden Design, Photography
Tags: Cactus Bloom, Cactus Flower, Cactus Garden, Drought Tolerant
Flowering cactus opens for a single day. These flowers have a light perfume scent.
02 Jan 2012
in Flowers, Garden Design, Garden Fruits, organic gardening, Vegetable/ Herb Garden
Tags: backyard garden, desert king fig, nadia's san diego garden blog, sunflower photo
This is a photo gallery of my favorite garden moments from the last year.
Desert King Figs and Heirloom Yellow Pear Tomatoes
7 foot Sunflower is a smile maker
Strawberries squeezed in anywhere I can find space
Herbs are always so rewarding to grow: Rosemary, Parsley Chives and Oregano
Sugar Baby Watermelon- another first for me in the garden this year- LOVED them
Growing short carrots was fun and great in soups and stews- super tasty
Dahlia flowers that continued to bloom month after month and made a great cutting flower
I planted Zinnia flowers for the first time in a rainbow of colors- very rewarding flower.
Happy New Year 2012
11 Dec 2011
in Garden Design, Garden Projects, Photography, Succulents, water wise garden
Tags: Chicweed Garden Store, nadia san diego garden blog, San Diego garden shops, Shopping on Cedros Street, Solana Beach Tourism
Chicweed in Solana Beach, CA is AMAZING! This outdoor garden shop on Cedros Street is a succulent lover’s paradise and a designers inspiration. Potted succulents and landscape design are their specialty with the potted succulents made on site at the outdoor potting bench. Look around and you will find living Christmas ornaments, outdoor rugs, bistro tables and outdoor showers made with mosaic tiles. The following photos will tell it all… check this place out and then have lunch or dinner down the street at the Wild Note Cafe, I promise you will not be disappointed!
Plant and Gift Shed
Living Ornaments are this seasons Hot Seller!
French Furniture, Vintage Containers and accessories adorn the store
Outdoor mosaic shower
On Site Potting Bench with owner at work
Chicweed - 240 Cedros Ave, Solana Beach CA 92075
18 Nov 2011
in Garden Design, Garden Projects, Living Healthy, organic gardening, Succulents, vegetable garden
Tags: green walls, Living Wall, nadia's san diego garden blog, vegetable garden walls, vertical landscaping, woolly pocket
The benefits of vertical gardens can be limitless. Indoors it can be the ultimate organic wallpaper, or a way to infuse more oxygen in a closed environment. Outdoors, a vertical wall adds more square footage for growing greens or simply creates a living wall. These are some of my favorite photos from the web and garden tours around San Diego. One of the most popular methods of creating vertical greenery on a wall is with : Woollypocket.com This web site has everything you need to get started on this project.
Vertical Garden - google image. Large and leafy plants give this patio "Life".
google images for vertical landscaping outdoors
beautiful indoor vertical spaces *google image*
aria ecoscpes vertical indoor garden ideas
wall planters * google image
Using unique containers for wall planters * photo from the San Diego Fair Garden Exhibit
succulent living wall * San Diego Fair Photo
I am continually inspired by plants and the unique ways that they can add to your life
Thanks for visiting!
03 Nov 2011
in Books, Garden Design, Living Healthy, organic gardening
Tags: fall planting guide, nadia's san diego garden blog, November Planting Guide, organic gardening, san diego gardening
What to plant in November:
BEETS – BROCCOLI – BRUSSEL SPROUTS – CABBAGE – CARROTS – CAULIFLOWER – CELERY – COLLARDS – ENDIVE – KALE – KOHL RABI – LETTUCE – LEEKS – ONIONS – PARLSEY – PARSNIP – PEAS – RADISH – RUTABAGA – SPINACH – SWISS CHARD – TURNIPS
Here are some Companion Planting Ideas for the fall: Mixing Vegetables with Herbs
Broccoli and Rosemary planted in a sunny area with good drainage.
Cabbage and Dill planted in fertile soil in cooler weather.
Celery with anything that enjoys being watered well!
Peas and Turnip are a great pair to grow together.
Brussels Sprouts and Thyme
Beet and Mint
Check this out → A fun and creative guide to companion planting: Companion Planting Guide: Soil Mates by Sara Alway
11 Oct 2011
in Garden Design, Garden Fruits, Living Healthy, organic gardening, Vegetable/ Herb Garden
Tags: nadia knows gardens, organic gardening, raised garden ideas, San Diego garden blog, sugar baby watermelon, watermelon
♥ SUGAR BABY WATERMELON ♥
Watermelon growing in-between planters
These melons were started as small plants vs. seeds in wine barrels with the vine trained to grow over the barrell and on to the ground. If your garden has space limitations then growing the vines on the ground and along pathways may give your vine plants that extra room needed for meandering growth.
Small sized watermelon almost ready to pick
* When a watermelon is ready to be picked it should be ripe and ready for eating. Have you heard that watermelons do not continue to ripen off the vine? This was new information for me so I’m waited to harvest these beauties. Watermelon should have a dull colored rind and a brown dried stem when it is ready to be picked. Watermelon are heavy feeders meaning they need steady watering. The soil needs to be rich and fertile with a healthy amount of calcium in the mix. Trellising is also an option by using small fabric slings to support their weight as they are suspended in the air. Coastal San Diego gets a lot of overcast days with sunny and warm days leading into October creating a late growing season for my melons.
Raised planter: watermelon, rosemary, eggplant, parsley and a few green onions.
Late growing season for watermelon in San Diego. The skin of the melon is a shiny green as it grows, then turns dull when it is ready to be picked.
Super Ripe !
Chula my Chihuahua with a Sugar Baby Watermelon. Watermelon = 7 pounds & Chula = 6.5 pounds
25 Sep 2011
in Flowers, Garden Design, Garden Projects, Living Healthy
Tags: nadia's san diego garden blog, new york garden, sunflowers in the city, urban gardening, urban gardens web
September 20, 2011
Last May, when New York City workers were planting a tree on the traffic island in front of the salon where he’s employed, Victor Rueda asked them if he could contribute his own plants, including some sunflowers, to the small plot of land. They agreed. Ever since, Rueda has cultivated the garden as if it were his own, protecting the tall sunflowers from the recent hurricane by tying them with nylon thread to keep them from blowing over.
The tree planting effort is part of New York City’s Greenstreets program, launched in 1996 as a partnership between the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Department of Transportation. The citywide program’s goal is to convert paved, vacant traffic islands and medians into green spaces filled with shade trees, flowering trees, shrubs, and groundcover.
In April 2007, Mayor Bloomberg announced PlaNYC, a blueprint for New York City to attain sustainable growth and improve the quality of city life. PlaNYC includes a number of groundbreaking greening initiatives, including planting street trees in all possible locations, creating 800 new greenstreets, and reforesting 2,000 acres of parkland. Mayor Bloomberg has dedicated $391 million over ten years for these initiatives, and also funded an additional 156 staff and $4.6 million in new forestry and horticulture maintenance funds to support these greening efforts. The city’s plan did not include citizen gardeners like Rueda: he’s just doing it out of the goodness of his heart.
17 Sep 2011
in Garden Design, Garden Projects, Living Healthy, organic gardening, Photography
Tags: Create outdoor candle light, DIY garden lanterns, DIY votives, garden candles, garden lantern, holiday gifts, Mason Jar votives, nadia's san diego garden blog
♥ Garden Lanterns and Votives can add a bit of charm to any garden or patio area and they are easy to make.
Table top or hanging, here are some creative ideas I found on several DIY Blogs.
Any of these can be created to enhance holiday decorating too or given as gifts.
Basic Garden Pots with candles: Image from Google images.
* Use transparent stickers and glitter glue to decorate a re-used food jar or mason jar.
Frosted glass on mason jars: Follow directions on how to create these by following this link: DIY Lanterns.
These lanterns look great during the day too:
Mason Jar Lantern Votive