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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.

CZU Ligthening Complex Fire Evacuation

When the lightening storm rocked our area, the neighborhood Facebook Groups were all chattering about the thunderous wind storm that rolled through the San Lorenzo Valley at 4:15 a.m. sounding like a train. Many were convinced it was a tornado. … Continue reading

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Tractor Work

It was a great day yesterday, Tuesday, September 29 to get some more work done on the farm.  We have focused in one particular area this past summer, adding a 3′ tall locust log wall for hillside erosion.  And, we … Continue reading

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Bird Feeder Spiral

The bird feeder sits on top of a fir stump, and it is visited daily by scrub jays, finches, ringneck doves, quail, and other beautiful birds.  The area has never been formally landscaped, in the sense that anything native just … Continue reading

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Organic Garden

August 2020 The garden is flourishing with a variety of perennials, vegetables, and fruit trees. We are excited for a new variety of gremlin gourds from Love Apple Farms as well as their bell peppers and famous heirloom tomatoes.  In … Continue reading

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Old Country Redwood Garden

Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2, 2020: A 3-day project to redo this garden bed outside the redwood grove. At one point, the bed was cleared out and planted with redwood sorrel and daffodil bulbs, but the redwood starts … Continue reading

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Pink Hydrangea Pedestal Sink

PERENNIAL GARDEN SINK The last of the 5 sinks to paint from the Stanford Inn salvage was a pending decision as to where to put it.  Once I eyed the location to hide it amongst a pink hydrangea, I went … Continue reading

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Pedestal Sink Water Fountain

Pedestal Sink No. 4 is the biggest of the five salvaged sinks from the Stanford Inn. I knew I wanted to turn this sink into a fountain and place it adjacent to our bird feeder  so I took my chances … Continue reading

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Start of Locust Retaining Wall

Since the beginning we have always wanted a retaining wall at the base of the hillside.  We added a drainage swale years ago in front of a persimmon tree to eliminate some run-off through the horse corral, but dirt would … Continue reading

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Last Black Locust Trees Cut for Lumber

Today, we had 2 locust trees cut down. One tree grew two big trunks so it was really like 3 trees.  For years, we’ve discussed building a retaining wall below our persimmon tree to hold back the hillside along a … Continue reading

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Pedestal Sink Salvage

On Friday, July 3, I headed to Menlo Park to salvage pedestal sinks from the historic (i.e. old) Stanford Inn.  It is a quirky vintage hotel near Stanford University that is being demolished in a week.  After seeing photographs, I … Continue reading

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