Urban Gardening in San Francisco

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Moving from a suburban house with plenty of room for gardening, to a condo in a high-rise with no private outdoor space can be a challenge for someone who enjoys a bit of gardening.

One of the first things we did when we had a San Francisco address, (two years before we moved in) was to put our name on the waiting list for a garden plot at the Fort Mason Community Garden. Time passes, in our case 7-1/2 years, and finally we were awarded a plot, which we've enjoyed now for about 4 years.

In our 5' x 20' plot we have: one lemon tree, numerous herbs (rosemary, lavender, oregano, several types of thyme and sages,) two gorgeous rose bushes, a number of dahlias (the official flower of San Francisco) nasturtiums, a geranium, day lilies, tulips, daffodils, California poppies (our state flower), two cherry tomatoes, a squash, sugar-snap peas, and assorted annual flowers.

Flower bouquet from FMCG, pink and purple

Seeing what flourishes and what struggles is an adventure--as was growing a sunflower this year (I'd say it flourished!) Enjoying the beauty of others' plots as well as our own, a delight. (The orange dahlias pictured are from another's plot.) Gardening in a completely organic garden that attracts butterflies, bees, and birds, happiness.

sunflower from FMCG

Learning from others, sharing cuttings, bulbs and plants, working together, forming friendships - all benefits of community gardening. And walking home, carrying a bouquet of cut flowers for the house elicits smiles and conversations from people we meet.

roses, soft orange color, FMCG

If you would like to move to an urban setting, there are many ways to find outdoor space and beauty. Call me; let's talk.

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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In our housing development, we have what's called the Posey patch, where we can plant and grow flowers or vegetables. If we tried to grow these things in our gardens at our homesites the raccoons and deer would eat them to extinction...

Happy Saturday Lottie Kendall 

Aug 15, 2020 08:03 AM #27
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Joan Cox
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Lottie, I no longer have my "garden", but have pots on my patio, and have had many tomatoes and Anaheim chiles as well as chives.

Aug 19, 2020 01:56 PM #28
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Lottie Kendall
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Container gardening works, right Joan Cox ? Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Great idea, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - fenced in gardens are needed in many areas. Nice to know you have one. What do you grow there?

Aug 20, 2020 07:34 AM #29
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Curtis Van Carter
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Lottie

Thanks for your kinds words re my post yesterday. I know you too are caught up in this hell and hope things are ok for you. stay safe, cheers cvc

Aug 23, 2020 10:00 AM #30
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Roy Kelley
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I hope you are enjoying a very productive August.

Take care and be safe.

Aug 24, 2020 07:30 AM #31
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Lottie Kendall - thinking of you and wishing you and your family well. 

Sep 02, 2020 02:46 AM #32
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Lottie Kendall
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Thanks, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I have spent very little time on Active Rain this last month primarily due to user fatigue with the platform but also because the SIP coupled with smoke-filled air for the last two weeks has been energy draining. But--this is temporary and I'll bounce back. (We do, don't we?)

I have taken part in some of the Tuesday Zoom sessions and enjoy the camaraderie and learning. Have you thought about participating in those? I'd enjoy seeing you there.

Sep 02, 2020 07:19 AM #33
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Thanks, Lottie, for your comment on my recent post.

Take care and be safe.

Sep 02, 2020 07:36 AM #34
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Lottie Kendall -With the exception of some recent posts, I stopped blogging too. I am not participating in weekly Zoom meetings here on AR and have no intention. I am making the best use of my time here on earth and I'll leave it at that. I did hear about the "smoke-filled air," in your area and you have been in my thoughts frequently. I pray you are well and will be able to have fresh air soon. 

Sep 02, 2020 07:52 AM #35
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Lottie, urban gardening can really be interesting.  I have a small backyard that was ignored and pretty feral, then my basement tenant decided to turn it into a little farmette!  It was amazing watching it grow.

Sep 03, 2020 11:20 AM #36
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Lottie Kendall
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Did you ever read the book, "The Secret Garden," Patricia Kennedy? Your back yard garden transformation reminds me of it.

Sep 04, 2020 05:22 AM #37
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Lottie, the gateway timeouts are gone for now, it has been a while since you have written a post, miss you!   Happy Labor Day weekend! 

Sep 06, 2020 06:20 AM #38
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How wonderful, Lottie. It's a great life you've created - the best of the both worlds. 

Sep 06, 2020 08:53 AM #39
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Dear Lottie Kendall - The photos and articles about SF and the beautiful Western Coast look and sound so ominous. Here's the latest of what was reported in my local news:

"More reinforcements from North Texas are on the way to the west coast to help with the dire wildfire situation."

"A Fort Worth Fire Department spokesperson confirmed they were planning to deploy eight firefighters and two trucks to California, where fire officials there said Friday wildfires have burned more than 3.1 million acres this year."

"On Friday afternoon, Dallas Fire-Rescue deployed 13 wildland firefighters to assist with the wildfires for at least two weeks. Three firefighters from Flower Mound started heading towards California as well on Friday."

I am wishing you and your loved ones good clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, and strong bones to carry you through it all. 

 

Sep 12, 2020 05:47 AM #40
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Hello Joan Cox - thanks for the gentle nudge. I'll get back to blogging by and by -- perhaps once the smoke has lifted from the air, it will lift from my brain, too. 

Sep 12, 2020 08:01 AM #41
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Good morning, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD -  I need to check my garden to see how it's faring with all the smoke in the air. I know you're facing similar problems, as is much of the west coast. We can't expect rain here for a long time - usually late October is the earliest.

Sep 12, 2020 08:03 AM #42
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Hello, my friend -- I'll call you in a bit, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . Meanwhile, a heartfelt THANK YOU to Texas and Flower Mound for assisting with all the wildfires consuming our 3 western states.

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Lottie Kendall we have hazardous air quality right now - the worst in the world. Not a claim to fame I'm happy to hear.  It's very difficult with little Finnegan as he needs frequent outdoor breaks, and going out in the yard is suffocating at best. Not feeling physically great because of the air quality, but working to focus on gratitude. We are still home, and have a home...many aren't home and far too many have lost their homes. 

Sep 12, 2020 08:07 AM #44
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Hi again Lottie Kendall - just checked and it's worse than yesterday's readings. :( 

Sep 12, 2020 08:12 AM #45
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San Francisco is the only bay area county not to have had wildfires, so our homes aren't threatened, but we share the smoke and poor air quality. I hope you can improvise an indoor gym or agility course for Finnegan, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

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