Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Thu, May 29, 2014 - 5:15pm

Mainstay Vegetables: Cabbage

Cabbages,  ready to thin to 1-ft apart

Cabbages grow best at temperatures of 60 to 65 °F. They are cool-season vegetables that are grown in early spring or fall.

Cabbage transplants are best for spring plantings: you can start them indoors. When planted in the spring, cabbages need to be planted early enough that they can be harvested before the weather gets too hot.

By SimonR4 on Wed, May 21, 2014 - 5:45am

June 24 2014 Meeting Plans

We are having our second post-Rowe meeting and additional like-minded people are invited. Email our moderator Jim for location and details. Tentative scheduled topics include Dan showing us his PV system installed two years ago and reviewing his results and insights as well as his Masonary Heater which has dropped his heating bills these past two winters. Simon will review the role of Ham Radio in resilient communications including a short tutorial on getting your $15 FCC license, getting started for under $100 and countywide emergency communications available to us.

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Fri, May 9, 2014 - 6:18am

Member gardens, now

Here is a place to share your current plantings, crops, harvests, upgrades and struggles. Please shorten the learning curve for all of us by sharing what you do and learn!

By Poet on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 - 5:57pm

Family Of 4 Lives 'Off The Grid' In The Middle Of The Desert

I'm gonna post a link to a Yahoo! Finance feature article (with pictures) on this guy, Abe Connally (34) and his wife Josie.


Very inspiring late Gen-X, early Gen-Y couple with two kids who managed to homestead in the Texas desert on very little. They grow most of their own vegetables, raise pigs, chicken, rabbits, etc. Rely on solar power and store their own water, etc.

By suziegruber on Sat, Feb 1, 2014 - 8:36pm

Suggestions for Preparing Butternut Squash?

Hi everyone,

A friend of mine just gifted me with two beautiful butternut squashes that she grew.  I am wondering if anyone here has a favorite way of preparing butternut squash.  I have struggled to find a recipe I like.



By suziegruber on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 - 10:31pm

West County Community Seed Exchange - Jan 25th

Hi everyone,

When we met on Saturday, we talked about seed saving and exchange.  I discovered that the West County Community Seed Exchange in just outside downtown Sebastopol will be open on January 25th from 9am until 11am.  Here's the link for more info:

West County Community Seed Exchange



By kevinoman0221 on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 - 2:28pm

What cold-weather preparations are you making right now?

Just wondering what those in the area might be doing to protect against this cold weather we are having?

I have chickens and wonder if there is anything I ought to be doing for them right now besides making sure they have plenty of food, a dry coop to sleep in, and that their water doesn't freeze. They seem to be doing fine, but sometimes I am scared at what I might find when i go to check on them in the morning and it is soooooo cold...

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 - 5:21pm

Mainstay Vegetables: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are often confused with yams in the United States and Canada but are twp distinct species. They are easier to grow than you'd think possible.