Tag: Barb Strona

To Clean or Not to Clean

| December 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
To Clean or Not to Clean

What is it about having to clean a house that makes me tired? I suspect it may be my propensity toward procrastination. If I go into the kitchen to clean the stove, oven, fridge, counter tops, sink, floors, etc., I first notice the refrigerator. How can I clean it if I don’t organize it first? […]

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Colorado Caper

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Colorado Caper

I tend to make snap decisions about how I feel about places or things, but I often find out I was wrong. Since I skied in Aspen in the late 50s, I assumed Colorado was a place for skiing, period. I never thought of it in terms of anything else. I knew they had wildfires, […]

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Water Wise and Water Weary

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Water Wise and Water Weary

Over the past few years we have heard more and more about conserving water. I often wonder about the practicality of some of these methods. Some make a great deal of sense. Others sound good but won’t work. Still others are rather bizarre. One of the oddest water-saving methods I’ve heard of is for plants. […]

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Successful Gardening with Less Water

| August 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Successful Gardening with Less Water

Damian Valdez, head urban farmer at San Diego City College, educated the Mission Hills Garden Club about how the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Program, a part of the Life Sciences Department, successfully cuts back on water while still growing lush, healthy plants which are both edible and ornamental. The program teaches students garden design and how […]

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Urban Seed

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Urban Seed

If you were in Old Town until before the end of March, you might have looked across Juan Street just up from La Piñata. You would have seen several shops and a sign that said The Urban Seed. This was the site of the January Garden Club meeting. Here you found an eclectic mixture of […]

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On Behalf of Succulents

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Behalf of Succulents

Jeff Moore, author and succulent nurseryman who spoke to the San Diego Horticultural Society in January, gave a fascinating lecture and slide show about succulents. They are plants which retain moisture for long periods of time (as a good thing). Cacti and succulents fall into this category. Tillandsias (air plants), bromeliads, and even some orchids […]

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Death in the Garden

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Years ago I wrote about Sex in the Garden. I have come full circle. Today’s topic is “Death in the Garden” or possibly “Murder in the Garden.” Yes, I am the garden murderess although unintentionally. I seem to have caused an enormous number of accidental deaths on our property where we have lived for the […]

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A Sustainable Holiday Season

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The holidays are upon us. It is a time of celebration and of excess, at least in my house. For years I spent hours looking for gifts, buying decorations, wrapping gifts elaborately, baking, canning, and most of all eating. As the years went by I grew less enchanted with the fuss and the mess. (However, […]

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Hidden in Plain Hidden Sight (Part 3)

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hidden in Plain Hidden Sight (Part 3)

Unless you take the time to stop and observe closely, you will miss thousands of mini soap operas taking place in the lives of every living creature.  Meredith French, master gardener and long-time Mission Hills Garden Club supporter in every possible way, shared Francis Bacon’s words: “Even in the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, […]

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Hidden in Plain Sight

| August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hidden in Plain Sight

(Part 1) By Barb Strona Most people spend much of their leisure escaping into other’s worlds via TV, Internet, newspapers, or books. Meredith French, master gardener and long-time Mission Hills Garden Club supporter in every possible way, showed The Mission Hills Garden Club another source of love and lust, family relationships, and murder and intrigue. […]

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