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Stable: a Cafe & Flowers April 30, 2009

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Here’s a fun little article about a fabulous cafe in the Mission…one of my favorites.

In addition to the luscious espresso, dynamic lunch, hip and comfortable interior, you can catch some of our flower work here too….

Truckin’ Soil to the Lot April 29, 2009

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Thanks to our friend at Radio Africa & Kitchen we had a trusty truck to haul our soil.

1 Yard. 2 Truck Loads. 30+ containers full of 3 different kinds of soil mixes from 2 bay area suppliers.

We are ready to plant!

 

On Solid Ground April 23, 2009

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Our ideas grew too fast, too big, and off the roof right on to an empty parking lot!
Our new home.

 

our new home -- and our new friend betty

The good news: the Roof is Still Green. The Workspace ltd roof garden continues to flourish!

Meanwhile, Emily (from Boxwood Olive), and I (Baylor from Lila B.) moved into a big old parking lot. It offers us ground level access (phew! 50+ stairs, 80+ containers, and 6 yards of soil was daunting to not only our legs but to the roof!), 2 dogs, a large gate, plenty-o-sun, hip company (and a hip company!), water access and more.

 

Thanks to Lauren, owner of Kaboom Productions, for inviting us in. Her office building occupies a large lot in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco, CA. We’ll be greening up her office while growing our wares.

 

Emily will focus on sowing seeds and growing plants for her gardening & design business, while I will hone in on cut flowers for this season’s weddings and events. ‘Tho I’m sure some delectable edibles will too soon sprout.

 

Again, keep posted. It’s going to be a good green one out there on the asphalt.

Simply Spring at the Flood April 23, 2009

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Simply Spring

Simply Spring

 Spring bouquets (wrapped neatly in a tulip leaf and pinned) rest on elegant tables for this April wedding at the Flood Mansion in San Francisco’s Pacific Height’s neighborhood.

Photo by Deborah Taylor

 

(Almost) in Santa Barbara April 22, 2009

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Details from a Lila B designed garden near Santa Barbara.

Adobe colored walls — make beautiful backdrops for plants, trees, and vines.

Found at a scrap yard (and saved from the melting pot!) the copper bird bath nestles in a small garden within the Spanish style wall.

OrnamEdible April 18, 2009

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OrnamEdibles for Berkeley Reparatory Theatre

OrnamEdibles for Berkeley Reparatory Theatre

a new favorite word: OrnamEdible.

As seen on an Annie’s Annual tag for Kale. Fabulous!

Fun at the Nursery April 17, 2009

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Annie's Annual: FUN FLOWERS

Annie's Annual: FUN FLOWERS

We took a trip to Annie’s Annuals to pick up some fabulous 4″ unique plants & flowers for our cutting garden. Look out soon, and we’ll show you what is growing in our garden — and soon to be in our arrangements — that you probably won’t see in any floral arrangements around town…

Thanks Annie!

 

We wind down, the Moon rises up. April 7, 2009

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A full day on the roof and ‘in the garden’ is complete.

Soil is lifted, crates are filled, materials are scavenged, seedlings sprout, and the community garden gang plans next steps. The moon rises. We go home: tired, a bit dirty, & very happy.

Tune in for more growing news next week.

wrapping up the day as the moon rises

wrapping up the day as the moon rises

Seedlings Sprout April 7, 2009

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Seedlings

Seedlings

Emily, owner of boxwood olive, sprouts!

Saving Screen from the Scrap Yard April 7, 2009

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How do we hold the soil in and let the water out of our second hand crates?

Our burlap idea was great – but short lived. We realized that burlap breaks down…and then we’d be left with a muddy mess on the deck after time. Plus, we’d not yet found a source for ‘used’ burlap.

 

Idea #2: Screen!

 

We hit up the local screen/metal companies and Voila! They happened to have a whole box that was headed to the scrap yard. We diverted it, cut it into squares, lined our crates and now it holds the soil that will soon grow plants.  

 

Soil in/water out.

Plants in: next step!

pre-dumpster 'diving' 

screen dodges the dumpster

screen dodges the dumpster

Scapped Screen -- lines the crates

Scapped Screen -- lines the crates