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About lovecreekfarm

2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.

Greenhouse – 1 year later – in Place!

The story of the Greenhouse! On Thursday, May 14, 2020 (almost exactly one year), Rich built the frame of the greenhouse using cement piers and redwood 2x4s.  Originally, I thought of raising it up at least 3′ for planting beds … Continue reading

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Perennial Garden

Check out new page with some before and after photos to really show the difference 15 years has made to the landscape.  Lots of love and hard work to transform the space. https://lovecreekfarm.com/perennial-garden/

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Transforming Space for a Hot Tub

The Sun Deck lasted way longer than estimated since we used recycled redwood to build it.  I have fond memories of driving to Santa Rosa with my dad to pick up the redwood from a guy who rebuilt his deck.  … Continue reading

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Little Tractor, More Space

On Saturday, April 4, 2020 La Selva Tree Service came over to do some work on the farm.  One of the main priorities was cutting off an oak limb that would be hanging over the greenhouse.  My friend Lisa advised … Continue reading

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Propane Tank Art: Ice Cooler Bench

For over a year, I’ve been searching for a propane tank that could be cut up to fit as a cover for my outdoor kitchen stove.  Every time I find something, it’s too small.  So, when welder, Jordan Booth texted … Continue reading

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Propane Tank Art: Dragonfly Gong

A few months ago I found a neat vintage propane tank for free. I really liked the shape of the tank as well as the paint patina.  I had to get help from a friend to remove the pressure value … Continue reading

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Spring Garden – Getting Started

Today was a beautiful Spring Day!  I felt inspired to plant cabbage, lettuce, and bok choy seeds in the biggest garden bed. I pulled out the winter cover crop (fava beans) and exposed the rich organic soil. I churned the … Continue reading

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Apple Trees Trimmed

Finally, our largest (Gravensteins) and most unique (Yellow Bellflower) were trimmed back and maintained by a professional tree pruner and climber, Paul.  He was a referral from a guy at our local hardware store who also has fruit trees.  Great … Continue reading

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Winter Cover Crop & Vermicompost

Today I was able to get a cover crop planted.  I felt the timing was perfect because it sprinkled last night which moistened the soil; it was easy to turn.  It’s scheduled to rain again on Tuesday and next weekend … Continue reading

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Lighthoof Mud Grid Panels – Testimonial

Over the summer, we installed a couple of Lighthoof Mud Management Grids. Corral Mud Management Grid Panels – Lighthoof Another Mud Grid from Lighthoof In Ben Lomond, we have already received over 13″ of rain.  In one week, we got … Continue reading

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