Things are looking good in the Garden of Weedin’ in the new Huntington Beach Community Garden.
This is the view looking SE toward the Pacific Ocean, which is less than two miles away. My first crops are nearing harvest. Edison made us all remove our metal fencing and replace it with this ugly plastic netting with wooden stakes. So far the bunnies have stayed out of my plot, although they are capable of chewing through the plastic netting.
This is the view looking SW. You can see my winter squash in the foreground. The garden is bordered by marigolds and allysum, and I have a nice bench to sit on in back.
This is my favorite view, looking through my friend Judi's garden at my garden beyond. It makes my garden look twice as big. Her plants are twice as big too.
That is going to do it for now. I’ve been lost in my new garden (which I absolutely love–it sit and stare at it, marveling at its beauty and promise. I just love watching the new plants grow), and in working on genealogy, which has left me no time for blog posts. And then there is the home garden and chickens to take care of, and I’m still working my two part-time jobs. There is really only so much time in the day. If you figure out how to get more, let me know.
About Lou Murray, Ph.D.
I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
I wondered what you had been up to the last couple of weeks. Now I know. You have been hiding in your garden. It looks wonderful.
Daphne, I’m afraid I’ve been too busy with gardening and other things to do much blogging lately. Hope to get back in the swing of things soon.
Dear Ms Murray, I would like to contact you to ask for permission to use one of your photographs (the border-leicester sheep, posted in February of this year). I am a book designer in Ireland and the author of a book that I am working on needs a photo of a border-leicester sheep (to reproduce in black and white. Your image would be perfect! Please could you contact me as soon as possible about this? I can give you more details in an email. I love your blog, by the way! Many thanks and kindest regards, Jane Stark
Terrific, Jane. I’ve sent you an email. Lou
Hello: I work for a sustainable agriculture group in the southeastern US and would like to use one of your pictures for our content regarding community gardens. Please let me know if this is possible. Thank you.
Yes, you may use my photo. Are you able to download it from my web page? I do not have access to my computer at present and am unable to send it to you until Monday or Tuesday.