Bonnie’s Garden-Inspired Labor Day Recipes

August 30, 2012

Every Labor Day when I was a kid, my grandmother would make Rib Eye steaks with a plethora of side dishes utilizing fresh fruits and veggies from her garden. My favorite of her side dishes was her Potato, Onion, Bacon & Tomato Gratin — which she made often during tomato season (a.k.a now!)

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Fall is Upon Us: Our Top 5 Fall Garden Must’s

August 28, 2012

With the passing of Labor Day this Monday, summer will officially be over, the kids will all be back to school, and white shoes will be deeply frowned upon. But, the season of gardening will be in full swing — because fall is actually the best time for planting, and preparing for your spring garden.

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This Week in the Bay: Seasonal Gardening & Farming in San Jose

August 27, 2012

Here’s a new suburban farm we just found out about: Yummy Tummy Farms in San Jose. They offer educational classes and workshops on gardening and growing your own fruits and veggies.

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Bonnie’s Picks: 3 Recycled Edible Garden Projects

August 23, 2012

While looking for inspiration for my edible container garden, I came across 3 different DIY solutions for growing veggies and herbs in your garden. (I know, my Picks are normally products you can purchase online, but I’ve been in a crafty mood lately!)


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How to Prepare for Online Landscape Design, Part 2: Photos

August 21, 2012

Taking photos of your garden is really important to understanding your garden, and which plants should go where. You might think you know the sun and shade patterns, but until you actually document them, its easy to make a mistake.

When you use Habitat Design’s online landscape design service, it’s even more important to get your sun and shade patterns right.

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This Week in the Bay: Jazz at Filoli, Alice Waters at the Idea House!

August 20, 2012

This week two well respected experts¬†in their fields will be visiting two already-amazing venues…


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Update: Alice Waters Speaking at the Idea House!

August 16, 2012

If you’re a fan of the locavore¬†movement and/or delicious, gourmet food this should excite you: Alice Waters — founder and chef of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA — will be speaking at the Sunset Idea House twice this summer!

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Two-For-Ones: Edible Plants That Look Great in the Garden

August 14, 2012

As a landscape designer, I like my garden to be in harmony — with the different elements working together and complimenting each other. So, I tend to find utilitarian rows of veggies quite the eyesore.

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This Week in the Bay: Melon Madness at the Ferry Plaza

August 13, 2012

Part of the locavore movement is that idea that you should enjoy fruits and veggies when they’re in season. And what better way to enjoy melon season than by attending Melon Madness in San Francisco?


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Mexico City: Vertical Gardening, an Urban Nursery & More

August 9, 2012

— By Sarah, Marketing Maven at Habitat Design

A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Mexico City, and the amount of parks and general greenery really blew me away. Here are a few photos of all the flora I saw on my trip:


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