H e l l o !
Welcome to HIPPYTOES where we hope to inspire you to get out and feel the earth!
We are spoiled here in beautiful Los Angeles County. Our mild temperatures basically translate to two growing seasons, summer and winter. The major transitions happen twice and the most labor intensive begins at the end of the summer growing season-fall. Harvesting, processing and removing large winter squash and spent plants is the bulk of the work, then comes amending the soil. Vegetables such as Swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, all types of kale, lettuces and peas, are then planted. These grow great in our moderate winter temperatures and can stand up to a little heat as well as some cold nights. Winter basically blends right into spring where you will spend most of your time preparing for the summer garden. Early spring around February is the time to seed start your early tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Later, start all squash and cucumbers. You'll be glad you did because our spring temperatures vary so much, you may be popping in a few of these sun loving fruits a bit early. Once your heirloom tomatoes are in (typically April), staked and trellised, then in go your warm loving cucumbers. Now, it's time to kick up your feet and wait for that first of these sweet and juicy bits of heaven! Nothing beats the taste of home grown fruit and vegetables!
If you're not sure how to start growing your own, you are in the right place! Follow my Instagram for month to month tips, garden classroom curriculum and on my BLOG page you’ll find what I’ve been up to around my little farmstead! If you are local, and need more help getting started let me know. Visit the GARDEN page for more information.
Thanks for visiting...now go out and grow something!
Los Angeles County Master Gardeners
Are you wanting to start an edible garden but don't know where to start? Feeling frustrated when Internet searches turn up "plant after last frost" What? Here in sunny So Cal? If you're stuck, visit the the Master Gardeners of Los Angeles County website at
Master Gardeners are volunteers from the community who are trained by the University of California Cooperative Extension specialists and other qualified instructors.
They are here to help and can answer any of your garden questions!
For the Love of MUD...Pottery
I've always loved the feel of mud between my fingers. Back in my college days when I discovered clay, I became hooked on the texture, mold-ability and the beauty of a handmade item. Later, when marriage, babies and work filled my days, pottery took a back seat. I never really let it go though, just tweaked it a bit with my passion for gardening. Recently I fulfilled one of my dreams. I carved out a tiny home pottery studio and equipped it with a potters wheel and kiln. If you enjoy handmade one of a kind pottery, please visit my POTTERY page or follow me on Instagram @hippytoes_pottery
Grow LA Victory Garden Classes
Here’s a little info on the GLAVG classes:
This four day session gives students plenty of time to learn the basics of starting a sustainable edible garden!
The Grow LA Victory Garden Class Led by UC Master Gardener volunteers, help new gardeners start their own gardens quickly and easily! The class is conducted mostly in a hands-on method, so get ready to start seeds, amend soil, plant vegetables, turn compost and taste simple, fresh from the garden recipes!
This is a four day session and each day we cover something new!
This year I will be teaching Weeds, insect pests and plant diseases and how to deal with them using Integrated Pest Management in day three of this four day workshop.
D9 Farm/North Long Beach Victory Garden
Address: 6509 Gundry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805
Dates: March 23, 30 and April 6, 13 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Jeff Rowe
Contact Info: (562) 343-3834, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees: $55 for series or $15 per class. Discounts available in exchange for work at the teaching farm. If you are interested please Contact instructor.
For more classes, visit the following link.
Highlights of Our Past Classes...
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