Monthly Archives: October 2012

How much do cats kill?

Do you own a cat, and find little corpses in the garden from time to time? The Oatmeal explains why. A must-read for cat owners. How much do cats actually kill?

Posted in Blog, Gardening, We think it's hilarious

3-bin is a media star!

Our 3-Bin Open Composter was a big hit at Star Apple Edible Garden’s exhibit at the 2012 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Tricia from came by with tv host Joe Lamp’l, and when they saw our system, they

Posted in About us, Blog, Composting, Gardening

Solar panels

New solar panels on our roof just passed inspection! Yay!! The guys from Solar City did a terrific job.

Posted in About us, Blog

Composting with the Dirt Diva

Need general info on composting? You can’t go wrong with Annie at Dirt Diva.

Posted in Blog, Composting, Gardening

Visiting the Seed Bank

Dylan and Ruby check out the tools at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, aka the Seed Bank, in Petaluma. We find a garden box that we’re going to build! Btw, they keep their seeds in the old bank vault.  How cool

Posted in About us, Blog

Hummingbird babies in the backyard!

I just couldn’t resist sharing this. I was nervous taking this shot … didn’t want to disturb them.

Posted in About us, Blog

Montessori install

The Montessori School in Berkeley gets a new compost bin! It’s an awkward spot … not much room and with a bit of a slope. But the bin looks great there and the kids are going to learn all about

Posted in About us, Blog, Composting


Sunset Magazine liked the planter boxes we made for Star Apple Edible Gardens to display at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. In fact, they liked them so much they asked for three to take home to the Sunset

Posted in About us, Blog, Composting

I hope it runs in the family

This magnificently-constructed cabin was built by my third great-great uncle, Henley Graham Snead, in Alabama sometime in the early 1800′s. I made a recent visit to its current location in Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The workmanship, all done with

Posted in About us, Blog, Historical