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Compost Pail

This polished stainless steel compost pail is the perfect counter-top solution for collecting kitchen food scraps. The vented lid allows air to circulate through charcoal-filtered vents. This keeps the food scraps in an aerobic state which is perfect for adding to your outdoor compost bin or worm bin. Favorite features of this compost pail are the beautifully polished, easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe exterior finish and the dual-layer charcoal filter.

Charcoal Filters

Fits Down to Earth Compost Pails. Odor absorption by activated carbon filter. Replace filters every six months, or sooner if odors are detected. Round filter inserts in upper part of lid, square filter in lower section.

Cloud9 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

OliveOil-247x300We are excited to feature Cloud9 Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is the freshest oil you can buy. Grown by a friend of Common Ground’s, on a small local farm, where olives are hand-picked and cold-pressed immediately. We carry Italian and Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil in two sizes (250ml and 375ml) as well as Spanish, Italian, and French Olio Nuovo – unfiltered olive oil (200ml).

Seed Sprouting Screen and Seeds for Sprouting

Attach this screen to the top of a canning jar to easily sprout your own seeds. Start out with alfalfa, sunflower, broccoli sprouts; available from the bulk seed jars.

Bonny Doon Personal Treats

Lemon verbena, rose geranium and lavender spritzers, hand and body lotions, essential oils and hand-made soaps from Bonny Doon Farms in Santa Cruz. Customers come back again and again for these lovely treats for the body, mind and spirit for themselves and as gifts. Make yourself soft and beautiful with these products.

Local Live Honey

bonnydoonsoapslotions-300x169This “Double J Apiaries” wildflower honey is unheated and unfiltered. If honey granulates, place the container in warm water. Do not overheat. Available in pint jars and quart jars.

Global Sun Ovens

image002Bake/Boil/Steam with the World’s Most Universal Power Source…FREE Sunshine.

Cooks any kind of food with the power of the sun – no fuel needed. This oven reaches temperatures of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is as portable as a small suitcase weighing in at 21 pounds. The easily cleanable interior of the cooking chamber measures 14.25″ by 14.25″ and averages 9.5″ deep. Satisfaction Guaranteed. (Returns within 30 days accepted.) Exterior dimensions are 19″ by 19″ by an average of 11″.

The sun oven is as safe to use as a conventional oven. The exterior surfaces of the oven and the reflectors remain safe to touch while cooking. The glass door and cooking containers do, of course, get hot, so use of hot pads is required when removing food from the hot oven. The interior surfaces of the oven are treated with a non-toxic durable coating.

Convenient and easy. Food stays warm even after the hot part of the day has passed due to the exceptional insulation in the oven. An adjustable tilt leg at the back of the oven’s base allows aiming towards the Sun during winter, morning and evening.

Bee Balm

Beeswax cream lotion. This natural hand and body lotion is derived from pure beeswax and contains no fixatives or stabilizers.

Nitrile Touch or Tough Gloves

The Touch is lighter weight and the Tough is thicker. They come in a variety of colors. This glove seems like a second skin that has a breathable nylon liner. Machine washable. Good in the garden or for any job! You can feel the seeds with your fingers!

Gift Certicates

Gift certificates can be purchased at Common Ground in any amount.


Fertilizers, Soil Amendments + Mulches


Gardener & Bloome Potting Soil – super premium potting soil 2 cu. ft
Gardener & Bloome Garden Soil – loaded with beneficial microbes 2 cu. ft
Chicken Manure Compost 1.5 cu. ft.
Cocoa Bean Hulls- great chocolate smelling mulch, repels snails and slugs 2 cu. ft
Soil Building Compost 1.5 cu. ft.
Straw Bales Bale
Organic Worm Compost – high microbial activity with lots of humic substances 12 qt. bags
Red Worms for Composting – shipped to you 1 lb.

Boxed and Bagged Fertilizers

Alfalfa Meal Pellets – Seasonal 50 lb
Alfalfa Meal – good balanced fertilizer 25 lb
Azomite – good source of minerals and trace elements Boxed and 50 lb
Bat Guano – high in phosphorus 25 lb
Citrus and Avocado – slow release Boxed
Corn Weed Blocker – pre-emergent weed blocker and fertilizer Boxed and 25 lb
Cotton Seed Meal Boxed and 20 lb
Dolomite Lime – great source of calcium and magnesium Boxed
Feather Meal – high slow-release nitrogen source Boxed and 20 lb
Fish Meal – great source of nitrogen 20lb and 50 lb
Fish Bone Meal – good phosphorus source Boxed and 25 lb
Greensand – potash and breaks up heavy soil 25 lb
Granular sulfur – helps reduce soil alkalinity Boxed
Humic Acids – ideal for vegetable gardens and turf Boxed
Kelp Meal – potash and minerals. 20 lb
Langbeinite – source of potassium, magnesium and sulfur Boxed
Oyster Shell Meal – calcium source 25 lb
Seabird Guano 20 lb
Soft Rock Phosphate 50 lb
Organic Soy Meal – great source of nitrogen Boxed and 20 lb
Acid Mix – great for blueberries & rhubarb Boxed and 25 lb
All-Purpose Boxed and 25 lb
Bio-Turf – Customer Favorite! 25 lb
Rose and Flower – promotes flowering Boxed and 25 lb
Tree & Shrub – with mycorrhizal root growth enhancer Boxed and 25 lb
Vegan Mix – balance all purpose for vegetables and ornamentals Boxed and 25 lb

Pound Bulk Fertilizers

Alfalfa meal – a great source of nitrogen
Bat guano – high in phosphorus
Fish Meal – a great source nitrogen
Greensand – for potash and breaking up heavy soil
Kelp meal – for potash
Oyster shell meal – calcium source
Soft rock phosphate

Other Fertilizers

Maxicrop liquid seaweed
Fox Farm Big Bloom – promotes flowering
Soluble Root Zone – with beneficial bacteria 4 oz
Granular Root Growth Enchancer 2 oz
Soluble Root Growth Enchancer 1 lb
Bu’s Brew Biodynamic – compost tea bags 16 oz

Soil Tests: What does your soil need? What does it already have?

Soil conditions may vary from backyard to backyard. For the most efficient and effective use of organic soil amendments, a soil test is advisable, if possible. Even a simple test using a LaMotte soil test kit can help you to judge what your soil needs for 3 key elements. If you live in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto/Mountain View area and choose not to perform a soil test or have one done for you, the recommendations on p. 4 of this leaflet can help you to estimate the amendments to apply.


If you use a LaMotte soil test kit to test your soil, you should use the amendment recommendations for N, P, and K on p. 45 of How To Grow More Vegetables.

Especially for a garden of 500 sq ft or more, it is best to have a professional soil test performed. A very good soil testing service is:

Timberleaf Soil Testing

Murrieta CA 92563

Phone/Fax (951) 677-7510

As a first step, write for free information and a sampling kit. You should have their basic and trace mineral tests performed. These will include pH, organic matter, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and trace minerals. The cost for both will be about $55.00. In addition to the results, you will receive an easy-to-understand interpretation and specific recommendations for correcting deficiencies. If you are mini-farming or gardening 500 sq ft or more, the soil test should more than pay for itself due to increased yields and reduced fertilizer expenses.

A pH reading tells you the relative acidity/alkalinity of the soil. Most vegetables will grow well in a range from 6.0 to 7.0. In extremely acid or extremely alkaline soils, valuable nutrients are tied up and thus unavailable to the plants. An acid soil can be sweetened by the addition of dolomite lime.

Organic sources of N,P, and K

N, P, and K refer to the three main nutrients plants need: NITROGEN for green growth and in compost piles to speed decomposition; PHOSPHORUS for energy, root growth, disease resistance, and production of good fruits, vegetables, flowers and seeds; and POTASH for strong stems, vigorous roots and increased disease resistance.

Source Nitrogen (N) Phosphorus (P) Potassium (K) How Long does it last? Comments
Alfalfa Meal 2-3% 0.7% 2.25% 3-4 months A quick-acting source of nitrogen and some potash.Use up to 19 lb (163/4 qt) / 100 sq ft.
Phosphate Rock 33% 3-5 years Very slow-releasing Use up to 6 lb (22/3 qt) / 100 sq ft.
Soft Phosphate (Colloidal) 18% 2-3 years Clay base makes this phosphorus more available to plants than the phosphorus in phosphate rock, though the two are used interchangeably.Use up to 6 lb (22/3 qt) / 100 sq ft.
Kelp Meal 1% 12% 6-12 months Excellent source of potash, iron and other minerals. Kelp meal is also a natural fungicide. Cold-water kelp is preferable; warm-water kelp may contain toxic amounts of mercury and is not recommended. Use sparingly (1 lb [2/3 qt] / 100 sq ft) because it contains growth hormones.
Wood Ash 1-10% 6 months Ashes from wood are high in potash and help repel root maggots. Ashes also have an alkaline effect on the soil, so use them with care if your soil pH is above 6.5. Black wood ash is best. See p. 48 in How To Grow More Vegetables for more information on wood ashes.Use up to 1.5 lb (13/4 qt) / 100 sq ft.
Crushed Granite 3-5% Up to 10 years Slow-releasing source of potash and trace minerals.Use up to 8.5 lb (31/2 qt) / 100 sq ft.

Organic sources of calcium

Calcium helps break up clay and release nutrients tied up in alkaline soils. It is especially good for cabbage family crops (and can help keep your tomatoes from getting blossom end rot).

Eggshells High in calcium.
High-Calcium Lime (Calcite) A good source of calcium when magnesium levels are too high for dolomitic lime. Oyster shell flour is a good substitute. 1 qt = about 1 lb 14 oz.
Dolomitic Lime A good source of calcium and magnesium to be used for acid soils. In a clay soil, 8.75 lb of lime per 100 sq ft raises the pH one point. In a light sandy soil, 2.5 lb per 100 sq ft raises the pH one point. Do not use in soil with a sufficient or high magnesium level. Do not use lime to “sweeten” the compost pile as doing so will result in a serious loss of nitrogen. A layer of soil will discourage flies and reduce odors. 1 qt = about 3 lb 8 oz.

Organic soil modifiers (compost and such)

Plants also need HUMUS (with its organic matter and minerals) which is produced by decaying organic matter such as compost, manure, rice hulls and cover crops (compost crops). An alkaline soil can be brought closer to neutral by compost or manure. Compost has a buffering effect on soil, correcting both acid and alkaline conditions.

Compost Good compost is the most important part of the garden. It aerates the soil, breaks up clay, improves drainage, prevents erosion, neutralizes toxins, holds precious moisture, releases essential nutrients, and feeds the microbiotic life of the soil, creating healthy conditions for natural antibiotics, worms and beneficial fungi. Use up to one inch of compost which includes 50% soil by volume (8 cu ft [12 five-gallon buckets] / 100 sq ft) per four-month growing season, or up to 1/2 inch of compost (4 cu ft [6 five-gallon buckets] / 100 sq ft) if compost is made without soil.
Manure Solids Horse 0.7% N 0.2% P 0.7% K Age 2-3 months
  Rabbit 2.4% N 1.4% P 0.6% K Age 2 months
  Chicken, Fresh 1.5% N 1.0% P 0.5% K Age 2 months
  Chicken, Dry 4.5% N 3.5% P 2.0% K Age 2 months
  Sheep 1.4% N 0.5% P 1.2% K  
  Pig, Fresh 0.5% N 0.3% P 0.5% K  
  Dairy Cow 0.6% N 0.2% P 0.6% K  
  Steer 0.7% N 0.5% P 0.7% K Age 2 years
  Manure is a source of organic matter in the garden. Nutrient levels depend on proper handling and the amount of straw or sawdust present. Large amounts of bedding may add up to 2 years to the decomposition time. Fifty pounds of manure dry weight (approx. 2 cubic feet [3 five-gallon buckets]) applied per 100 sq ft can lower the pH one point.
Gypsum Gypsum is not needed by organic gardeners and should be used only with the recommendation of an expert. It is normally used commercially in soils made impermeable by excess exchangeable sodium. 1 qt = abo

Our just go straight to our recommended General Fertilizer Program

(application rates are for 100 sq. ft.)

Functions Sources Choose one for each function. 1st & 2nd Yr Assuming

poor soil
3rd & 4th Yr or 1st & 2nd yr

in average soil
5th Yr or 1st yr

in good soil
Maintenance every year

Nitrogen (2) Alfalfa meal (2.5% N) 16 lb 10.5 lb 5 lb  
Phosphorus Phosphate rock

6 lb 3 lb 2 lb  
Soft phosphate 6 lb 3 lb 2 lb  
Potash & Trace Minerals Kelp meal (3)

1 lb 1 lb 1 lb 0.25 lb
Wood ash (4)

2 lb 1 lb 1 lb 1 lb
Granite 8.5 lb 4 lb 2.5 lb  
Microbiotic Life, Humus, Multiple Nutrients Compost

(or manure)

up to 8 cu ft

(each crop)

up to 8 cu ft

(each crop)

up to 8 cu ft

(each crop

up to 8 cu ft

(each crop)

Calcium Eggshells (4)

2 lb

1 lb

up to 1/2 lb up to 1/2 lb
Oyster shell 2 lb

1 lb

up to 1/2 lb up to 1/2 lb

Add all amendments after double-digging. For the first double-dig, compost may be added before double-digging; see How To Grow More Vegetables, pp. 10-12, 14).

  1. Beginning with the 6th year, your legumes, compost crops and recycled plant material (in the form of compost) can provide most of your nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. Double-check this periodically with a soil test.
  2. Nitrogen Å (% of protein) / 6.25. The 1st & 2nd Yr amounts will provide 0.4 lb pure N / 100 sq ft.
  3. For trace minerals: kelp meal is up to 33% trace minerals. Be sure to use cold-water kelp.
  4. Save your own.
  5. Top priority in typical adobe soil. Breaks up clay, improves drainage, releases nutrients and lowers pH.
  6. This amount of compost assumes a compost recipe that results in cured compost which contains 50% soil by volume. Eight cubic feet (12 five-gallon buckets) of cured compost will provide one inch of compost for 100 sq ft. Two cubic feet will provide 1/4 inch of compost for 100 sq ft. You can substitute aged manure for compost the first year if you do not have a ready source of compost; use half the amount recommended above.

Special Tips for Lawn and Fruit Trees

To revitalize an old lawn: Use 7 lb alfalfa meal, 4 lb soft phosphate, and 1 lb kelp meal per 100 sq ft. Apply in spring, and water well twice a week for 2 weeks. You should see results in 6 weeks.


Fruit trees: Use 2 heaping tablespoons alfalfa meal per foot of height, up to 4 lb soft phosphate per full-grown tree, and a light sprinkling of kelp meal (up to 1/4 lb per full-grown tree) around the drip line. Apply in spring when leaves first start to appear, and water in well. Growing compost crops around full-grown trees (keeping the crops 2 ft away from the trunk) is beneficial. Make compost without soil for fruit trees and other perennials, and use half the recommendation given in the General Fertilizer Program above.

Citrus trees: Same as fruit trees with the addition of 5 to 8 lb phosphate rock to full-grown trees once every 3 to 5 years. Line the planting hole with crushed red rock for a long-lasting source of iron.



Common Ground provides excellent tools for all of your gardening needs. Following is a sampling.


Camellia Oil

New! A natural light oil extracted from camellia seeds. It is used to preserve and protect blades from rusting. It can be used on knives, garden and woodworking tools, and works best when it is applied after a tool is washed, cleaned, and dried. It will also help preserve wooden handles.

Dramm Spray Nozzle

New! The colorful One Touch Shower & Stream is very easy to use, with complete & total water flow control with just one touch of your thumb. It has two pattern options: Shower, for a cascading flow of fine water droplets that will not harm your plants, and Stream, a concentrated jet, which is powerful enough to wash even the muddiest sidewalk. Available in six eye-catching colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and berry.


Protective Yard and Garden Cover helps protect landscaped areas from frosts and harsh weather. Traps heat and moisture for ideal growing conditions. Great for seeding and repairing lawns.

Rotating Handle Pruners

The ergonomic ARS rotating grip moves with the fingers as each cut is made, eliminating the friction between the handle and the skin. This prevents blisters and reduces hand fatigue.

Bamboo Broom

When I first saw the bamboo broom at Common Ground, I felt like I met my old childhood friend. I used to use this bamboo broom at the elementary and middle school to clean the school yard and around the buildings. (We had a school cleaning time after lunch in Japan.) This broom is lighter than it looks and is very effective. It collects all the leaves, litter, used erasers and pencils very effi ciently without raising much sand and dust. No need to add much force. You just need to sweep the surface of soil, pebbles, rocks, concrete floor, etc. LIGHTLY. I?m sure you?ll be amazed and love this powerless powerful broom! Are you planning to make a compost pile this fall? This is the tool you need. This broom has been used widely at the temples and shrines in Japan for a long time.

-Mari Matsui, Common Ground Center Staff

Hula Hoe

The Hula Hoe is also known as an oscillating, Dutch or stirrup hoe. Organic farming requires a lot of weeding and this hoe is a simple, must-have gardening tool to help you with this task. The blade of the hoe slides about a half inch under the soil. It cuts off or pulls out the weeds, depending on their size, while leaving the soil and roots undisturbed. And because this hoe does not turn the soil, you lose less moisture from your garden. The long handle allows you to easily reach the weeds without bending. I like to use mine when the ground is especially dry and the weeds do not pull out easily by hand.

-Eileen Molloy, Common Ground Center Staff

Bachi Hoe

I want to express my continued delight and satisfaction with the Bachi Hoe, Hoso Hoe and the other Japanese short-handled hoes that Common Ground carries. There is a big difference between using a tool like this day in and day out commercially, and using one in our home gardens. For me, it is unequalled in uses such as weeding, soil cultivation, planting seedlings and starts, creating hills or basins around plantings, and knocking the occasional gopher on the head! I?ve done all of this and more with these wonderful tools. With a good shovel, my Felco shears and the Silky Zubat pruning saw, I can do about 98% of the jobs I need to do in my home garden or in my professional career as an estate gardener. Highly recommended!

-Phillip A. Browne, owner of Attention To Detail Horticultural Services


My favorite tool purchased at Common Ground is a widger. It is truly indispensible when I transplant seedlings from cell packs to larger containers. Then when I move the transplants to the garden, my widger helps me guide the transplant into the prepared hole. My widger helps me separate seedlings without destroying the roots. I also use the widger to divide store-bought 4-inch perennial plants so that I get more plants from vegetable and perennial starters. I learned about the widger at a Common Ground class on winter vegetables. I used to use flatware from my kitchen, but the widger is now my tool of choice.

-Vicki Sullivan, 2010 Edible Garden Tour Host

Silky Zubat Pole Saw

This pole saw is a professional quality saw. The blade is 13-inch hard-chrome plated steel. Precision, razor-sharp teeth provide greater cutting with less effort. Oval-shaped poles allow greater directional control and reduced blade bending. The handle has a comfortable, over-sized rubber grip, shock absorbing end-cap and double-locking mechanism for safety. The saw comes with a hard plastic blade cover. You can get Zubat pole saws in two lengths, 5.5- 9 ft and 7.5 – 12.5 ft. Safely cut tall limbs without climbing a ladder.

-Joe DeMaio, Common Ground Center Staff

Clarington Forge Spades and Forks

Made by English craftsmen in Wigan, England, since 1780, these solid-forged garden spades and forks have heads made from a single piece of forged steel. This is then securely riveted to an ash shaft, the end of which has been steamed to form a D-shaped handle. These tools are exceptionally strong and are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

The VermiHut Worm Bin

Here is a composter that works with worms to transform the organic waste from your kitchen into fertilizer for your garden. Easy to use! The worms do the work. It is odorless since worms eliminate odor in the process of waste digesting or composting. The VermiHut worm composting bin can work indoors or outdoors. Order your red wriggler worms at Common Ground and they will be mailed directly to your home.

Zubat Pruning Saws

The Zubat, one of our most popular hand saws, is also available as a pole saw. It features strong one-piece construction, a curved 13?-long blade with 6.5 teeth per inch. The Zubat cuts fast and leaves a smooth edge. A custom sheath is included. The Zubat pole saw has the same curved blade as the Zubat hand saw. The pole has a comfortable sponge rubber grip. The extension pole has both a lever lock and spring-loaded pins at the end of each length. The aluminum alloy extension poles oval cross section gives precise control to the direction of the saw blade (especially important for high cutting) and strength and rigidity to the pole, reducing bending to the minimum. These saws are very lightweight and easy to maneuver.

Splitwood Baskets

They are back again! These versatile eye-pleasing baskets work great for bulk or loose produce and picking. Choose sturdy picking baskets with wire handles and wood grips or larger bushel baskets with wire handles.

Smart Pots

These fabric planting containers are far better than rigid containers. Light-weight, portable, and practical, they aerate the root zone and air-prune the root structure to prevent root circling. The pots are great for vegetables, ornamentals, and aquatic plants. Choose from 3-gallon to 20-gallon sizes.

Mechanical Water Timer

Back by popular demand, this classic timer is the easiest to use for timing watering with automatic shut-off. Hook it directly to your garden hose. It us durable and has an easy-to-twist dial which times watering from 2 minutes to 2 hours.

Gilmour Dial-a-Mix Hose-end-Sprayer

Now comes in two styles: 20 oz. pistol grip valve and 32 oz. twist valve. It automatically mixes concentrate with water from your hose. No pre-mixing is needed. Unused concentrate can be poured back into its original container.

Bosmere Bos Trugs

A must have! These handy strong and flexible garden trugs allow for ultimate strength. The two handles let you carry small loads in one hand or larger loads in two. Available in green and purple, 26 and 40 liter.

Gatorhyde Hoses

Made in the USA, these hoses are made of premium polyurethane, which is tough, light and flexible. The superior crafted outside surface doesn’t drag or kink. Even in cold, their flexibility provides easy handling and maneuvering. They are drinking-water safe with top-quality nickel-plated fittings.

Dramm Colorstorm Premium Hose, 50 ft

This rubber hose is hot-water-resistant to 160º F. It resists kinking and coils easily even in cold weather. Fittings are crush-proof, nickel-plated and lead-free. It comes in six brilliant colors. Lifetime guarantee. Made in the USA.

ARS Long-reach and Telescoping Pruners

Extend your reach up to 10 feet into the tree or vine and make clean, precise cuts. The hard steel blades are very sharp and durable. All the pole pruners have a convenient revolving handle that allows you to rotate the blade without changing your grip. The heavy-duty seven-foot pruner cuts branches up to 3/4-inch diameter.

“Agribon Reinforced Row Cover”

It keeps the seeds and seedlings moist while away from the garden. It is lightweight and needs no support. Sunset Test Garden Coordinator, Johanna Silver,likes Common Ground’s self-serve roll of Johanna likes it because it protects the seedlings from the birds.

Tip Bag

Perfect for home and garden refuse and recycling. The strong, webbed handles make it easy to lift and empty. The surface is wiped clean, and the semi-rigid construction holds its shape. Weatherproof and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

ARS Telescopic Pruning Shears

Risking your neck to take care of your trees? Come in and choose from a variety of lightweight aluminum, long-arm pruners with sharp and durable blades. The unique revolving handle allows you to rotate the blade without changing your grip. The heavy duty seven foot pruner cuts branches up to 0.75-inch in diameter.

Digger’s Root Guard Gopher Baskets and Rolls

Do gophers like to nibble on your roots? Stop them with an impenetrable wire barrier. Perfect to put in when you double-dig! Protect your roses, tomatoes, bushes and vegetable gardens with galvanized wire baskets available in 3 sizes. Also available in 2′ x 25′ or 4′ x 25′ rolls.

Victorinox Knife

Made by the makers of the original Swiss army knife, this all-purpose knife has a quality stainless steel blade with a nylon handle which holds up to continual gardening use. The nylon handle also provides a slip-resistant grip. It is a popular grafting knife. The blade is 2.25″. The red handle is 3.5″. Weight is 2 ounces.

Precision Secateur

High quality ARS pruning tool is light in weight with powerful and hard wearing blades excellent for pruning even thicker branches. It is ergonomically designed and safe to use with its non-slip grip, easy-to use stopper and the shock absorbing spring.

Saboten Hedge Shear

This is an excellent value, an all-around hedge trimmer, with replaceable blades. The blades are made of high carbon steel, making them tough, strong and easy to clean,and the handles are chromium plated steel with bright orange resin plastic grips, making it easy to find!

English Hand Tools

by Burgon & Ball. These classic, great looking, stainless steel trowels, forks, weeding tools, and scoops have elegant hardwood handles. They are durable, functional tools and are a Common Ground customer favorite.

Hand pruners

Every gardener’s essential pruning tool! The selection includes Felcos and ARS to fit your hand shape and size for your pruning job. Felco 9 & 10′s pruners are our left-handed friends. The smaller light weight ratchet pruner makes cuts with ease.

Light Weight Pole Saws

We offer the very best Silky quality, fixed and variable length with strong aluminum handles. Select models extend up to 12 feet. Each tooth on the 10 inch blade has 4 cutting edges that cut on the pull stroke. The blade is narrower at the top edge to improve ease of cutting. The blade is impulse hardened and chrome-plated for durability.

Nitrile Touch and Tough Gloves

Very popular and recommended by the best gardeners we know. These thin yet strong Nitrile gloves can be used for many household chores where you want sensitivity in your hands and protection from dust and grime. Gloves are perfect gift items for that special love or friend in your life. Nitrile Touch Glove for Kids too!


Natural sun protective hats are a hit all year long. Select from natural fiber ranch hats, gardener’s and ladies hats. Choose one with a chin strap or not! Want to travel with your hat? Choose a “crushable” hat that returns to the original form when unpacked.

Compost Thermometer

20-inch probe. The welded, stainless steel design allows this thermometer to be left in the compost pile for easy reading any time. It will withstand the chemical and biological weathering of the compost. The 1.8″ diameter dial is hermetically sealed with a clear polycarbonate lens. It will measure temperatures ranging from 0-200 degrees F, or 0-100 degrees C. Full composting instructions included.

Seedling Heat Mat

Jump Start your Seeds! The mat is a 20″ x 20″, which fits under 2 common seed flats. It warms Rooting Area 10-20 degrees F over Ambient Temperature. It is a waterproof construction, complete with instructions printed on the mat. UL Listed 45 watts, 120 volt.

Soil Thermometers

Use as you germinate and propagate seeds! It is a 7″ Stainless Steel Probe. Pocket clip included. Has a 1¾” Dial for Easy Reading, with shatterproof plastic crystal lens. Displays temperatures between 0 and 220 degrees.

Heirloom Trowel & Transplant Trowel

Never lose your garden tools again with these bright yellow epoxy colored tools! A rugged, one-piece, stamped steel essential tool. Strong, light, durable, and contoured to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand. Very popular! Get one of your very own and see why!

Children’s Wheelbarrow!

Little hands can move the earth with this thick and rugged design. The deep tray can hold a remarkable amount of material, giving kids the pride of accomplishment in lending a helping hand in the garden.

Children’s Shovel

Incredibly lightweight at only one pound; this is the ideal first tool for children who are learning how to garden. The steel head is secured to a sanded hardwood handle. A perfect addition for school and family gardens alike.

English Spear & Jackson D-Handled Digging Fork

Common Ground Demonstration Garden Manager, Drew Harwell, enjoys using the time-tested traditional English Spear & Jackson D-Handled Digging Fork boasts quality and solid construction. Drew invests in tools with longevity and feels secure with the 10 year guarantee.

Japanese Serrated Hand Sickle

This versatile sickle is “fabulously precise and very sharp”. It slices efficiently through a bed of compost crops including fava beans and thin-stemmed grains. For weeding, the 7-inch curved high-carbon steel blade easily slices off deep-rooted plants such as dandelions 4 inches below the soil. This tool is extremely well built and long-lasting. The wood handle is light weight and comfortible in your hand. A Best Seller!

Plant Markers

Solid zinc nameplates with a treated surface on which your writing will last for years. Angled for easy reading. Select from 10″ or 15″ tall.

Season Starter

Protects plants when overnight temperatures drop below freezing (down to 24 degrees Fahrenheit.) Ideal for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons and other vining plants. Fill the clear plastic tubes with water to form an 18″ high by 17″ diameter teepee-shaped miniature greenhouse around each plant. This product is a best seller.


Books, Magazines + Notecards

Following is a sampling of the many books and magazines available for sale at Common Ground.



How to Grow More Vegetables

by John Jeavons. 8th Edition. Common Ground’s best seller and every gardener’s essential guidebook. Explains how to produce a beautiful organic garden with minimal watering and daily care. The method works in harmony with nature’s cycles, preserving and enriching earth’s nutrients, and nourishing the soil for future crops. The book includes updated gardening charts and the latest techniques.

Food for the Future Now

Ecology Action Booklet 34, by Damon P. Miller II, MD, Carol Cox and Robin Mankey. This self-teaching mini-series booklet has carefully constructed a garden plan based on the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method to insure sustainability, assuming beginning yields, less improved soil and beginning gardening skills. The plan provides basic nutritional needs for one person, using open-pollinated seeds with good genetic diversity, and growing increasingly healthy soil. It uses 4,730 square feet of growing beds, and can produce a special complete 1,600 calorie/day diet. Also described are smaller plans so that one can develop skills with each crop before growing a larger area.

American Grown, the Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America

by Michelle Obama. In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn. In this book, you will see striking original photographs of each season’s garden growth. Try some recipes created by the White House chefs made with ingredients from the White House garden. You can learn from the White House garden team how to plant your own backyard, school, or community garden. Mrs. Obama’s journey continues across the nation as she shares the stories of the gardens that have moved and inspired her: Houston office workers who made a sidewalk bloom; a New York City school that created a scented garden for the visually impaired; a North Carolina garden that devotes its entire harvest to those in need; and other stories of communities that are transforming the lives and health of their citizens.

Edible Landscaping: Now You Can Have Your Gorgeous Garden and Eat It Too!

by Rosalind Creasy. Drawing on the author’s decades of research and experience, this brand new edition presents everything you need to know to create an inviting home landscape that will yield mouthwatering vegetables, fruits, nuts, and berries. The comprehensive Encyclopedia of Edibles?a book in itself?provides horticultural information, culinary uses, sources, and recommended varieties. The appendices cover the basics of planting and maintenance, and of controlling pests and diseases using organic and environmentally friendly practices.

A Gardener’s Guide To California Native Plants

by Native Revival Nursery. This is an excellent spiral-bound book with advice on transplanting and tending native plants, and how to grow native annual wild flowers. It includes information on native trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses. You can learn about plants that attract song birds, hummingbirds, bees, butterfl ies and benefi cial insects.

Golden Gate Gardening

by Pam Peirce. A complete guide to year-round food gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California. The definitive reference to local gardening principles, vegetables and herbs, fruit trees and shrubs, edible and cut flowers, rooftop gardens, soil amendments and fertilizers, watering and mulching, drought gardens and more. A must have reference book. A bestseller!

Local Birds San Francisco Bay Area

I really appreciate this waterproof Pocket Guide of Backyard-Trail & Shore-Water Birds which helps quickly identify over 200 popular species. It is the most complete, durable, user-friendly guide to nature science anywhere. I have known the owner of the company for years. They are a family-friendly, community-involved company that donates a portion of the profits from our sales to environmental causes. They help save our baylands from corporate building plans. Your purchase will help to restore vital habitat to native and migratory birds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Playing cards and butterfly cards are also available.

-Patricia Becker, Common Ground Center Manager

How to Prune Fruit Trees and Roses

This book was first written in 1944 by R. SAnford Martin, whose intent was to take the mystery out of pruning all kinds of fruit trees. After the book went out of print, some smart people realized there was still demand for it, and decided to reprint it. This revised version contains new chapters on pruning tools and pruning roses. It walks the average gardener through the entire process of pruning step by step for a plethora of fruit trees and plants.

“The Organic Gardners Handbook” and “The Vegetable Growers Handbook”

by Frank Tozer. These well-written companion books include a practical how-to guide in Biointensive gardening and detailed directions for sowing, growing and harvesting 70 common vegetables. These detailed and illustrated manuals cover soil management, composting, mulching, green manures, crop planning, seed propagation, transplanting, weed and pest control. Frank is from England and studied locally at U.C.S.C.

“Attracting Native Pollinators, Protecting North Americas Bees and Butterflies”

by the Xerces Society Guide. North America’s native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. Ensure pollination in your garden, orchard, or farm. Provide host plants and nesting sites for bees and butterflies. The Xerces Society offers a complete action plan for protecting these industrious beings.

“Homegrown Herbs, a Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs”

by Tammi Hartung. Infuse your yard with the flavor, fragrance, beauty, and healing power of organic herbs. “You’ll find not only practical advice and endless tips on growing herbs, but a wise, deep, friendly voice.” – Rosemary Gladstar, from the Foreword.

“Sharing the Harvest, a Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture”

by Elizabeth Henderson with Robyn Van En. “If we want to keep farmers in business, it’s time for all of us, ordinary citizens and policy makers alike, to begin learning how that might be done. Sharing the Harvest is a great place to start.” – Joan Dye Gussow, from the Foreword.

“The Edible Front Yard, the Mow-less, Grow-more Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden”

by Ivette Soler. This book helps you combine the loveliest and tastiest edibles and ornamentals in a garden that is a year-round feast for the eyes. Ms. Soler teaches all the tricks, from laying out the design and choosing the best front yard plants, to clear instructions for a bounty of exciting projects.

The New Good Life

by John Robbins. Free yourself from misconceptions about money using a new economics of happiness. Follow in the footsteps of real people who have effectively forged new financial identities. Develop a diet that promotes better health, and discover alternatives to expensive medicine. John Robbins is noted for his bestselling classic, Diet for a New America.

Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region, Mendocino to Monterey

by Linda H. Beidleman and Eugene N. Kozioff. Here is the definitive botanical guide to the wetlands, woodlands, coastlines, hills and valleys of the beautiful and diverse San Francisco Bay Region. Revised in 2003, this popular book continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative identification guide to the region’s native and introduced plants.

Common Ground Planting and Gardening Guide

Common Ground Planting and Gardening Guide for you …. created by us! An excellent and simple month- by-month guide, it includes guidelines on what to plant and/or transplant during each month of the year – whether in flats or in the ground. Each month also offers advice and reminders about your garden such as composting, tree pruning and much more. A best seller!

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods

by Sandor Ellix Katz. Join the latest trend and pick up a copy. Explore the wonderful world of homemade yogurt & cheese, miso & tempeh, beers & wines, veggie krauts & kimchis, and fabulous sourdough breads – all brought about by wild yeasts that are abundant everywhere. Katz has included methods and recipes so you can get started right away on making fun and exciting food and beverages that utilize live cultures. In no time at all, you’ll be sipping your own beer and eating homemade cheese on your own freshly baked bread!

The Landscaping Ideas of Jays: A Natural History of the Backyard Restoration Garden

by Judith Larner Lowry is a great guide to backyard restoration and the rewards of growing native plants at home. Lowry organizes the book by season to give you an easy way to find out how to plan a landscape for yearlong cultivation, maintenance, and harvesting of a diverse array of native annuals and perennials. Attract birds and beneficial insects, harvest seeds for next year, and add fun features like paths and ponds, all with the help of Lowry’s expert guidance.

Recipes from the Garden

by Rosalind Creasy. Two hundred exciting recipes from the author of The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping. Nothing tastes better than food fresh from the garden. Eating seasonally, eating locally and eating organically have never been easier. We have been anxiously awaiting Rosalind’s new book. Autographed copies available!

Healthy at 100

by John Robbins. This book is a marvelous blend of wisdom, hope, courage and common sense. John Robins reveals the secrets for living an extended and fulfi lling life, gleaned from four very different cultures that have produced some of the world’s healthiest and longest living people. With an emphasis on simple, wholesome and satisfying fare, a manageable daily exercise routine and the cultivation of strong, loving personal relationships, the book provides the tools for making our later years a period of wisdom, vitality and happiness.

Cool Cuisine – Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming

by San Francisco Bay Area chef Laura Stec with Dr. Eugene Cordero, Ph.D, San Jose State Professor of Meteorology. It addresses why global warming could be the best thing to happen to the culinary world in a long time, and reports on innovative science, business, and savory solutions to the Global Warming Diet. Cool Cuisine tells a story of really interesting people doing really inspiring things, and how you can too. The reader embarks on a exploration that feeds mind and mouth with art, science, pleasure, culinary tips and recipes on how to cook a globally cool cuisine.

The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia

by Rebecca Wood. Tips on how to heal with Ayurveda, Western nutrition, and traditional Chinese medicine. A complex index, organized so readers can research treatments by ailment as well as the food itself. Line drawings illustrating unusual foods so readers can recognize them in stores. A glossary of medical terms. Sidebar recipes throughout.

The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest

Written by Carol W. Costenbader. Revised by Joanne Lamb Hayes. Includes 150 Recipes for freezing, Canning, Drying, and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables. With this book, even the busiest folks can create a well-stocked pantry of fruits, vegetables, flavored vinegars, pickles, chutneys, and seasonings. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, information charts, and a host of delicious recipes make this an indispensable kitchen reference for cooks of all levels. This book covers the handling and managing of produce fresh from the market or garden.

The Self-Healing Cookbook

Written by Kristina Turner, and is a Whole Foods to Balance Body, Mind & Moods book. Here’s a cookbook that makes good bedtime reading! This playful, user-friendly primer blends the wisdom of macrobiotics, the psychology of self-esteem, and a planetary view of healing. You’ll find over 130 dairy-free, sugar-free, low-fat recipes — all family-tested favorites from Kristina Turner’s cooking classes, including: Sesame Waffles with Apple Syrup, Black Bean Soup, Rice Wedding Salad, Millet Burgers & Gravy, Apricot Mousse, and Strawberry Pie.

Panty Hose, Hot Peppers, Tea Bags, and more- for the Garden

Written by Yankee Magazine, and is a Rodale Organic Gardening Book. Includes 1,001 ingenious ways to use common household items and to control weeds, beat pests, cook compost, solve problems, make tricky jobs easy, and save time. Throught the pages of this book, you’ll discover more than 1,000 ideas for using common households items or things you’d normally toss out in unique and unusual ways in your vegetable and flower beds. Why make a special trip to the garden center or home supply store when the solution might be lurking right in your garage, your closet, or your pantry?

Growing Medicinal Herbs in as Little as Fifty Square Feet

by Louisa Lenz-Porter. Discover the common medicinal herbs that can be easily cultivated in your own backyard. Both a step-by-step guide to growing and using medicinal herbs and a quick guide to common herbal remedies for a wide range of ills. A wonderful bonus is the comprehensive bibliography of reference books and articles.

California Native Plants for the Garden

is a musthave title for every California gardener. Learn about the amazing diversity of our area, and how to bring it into your own backyard! Authors Bornstein, Fross, and O’Brien each have over 25 years’ experience with California natives, and they come together in this book to provide the most comprehensive information on using California natives in the garden. Discover the rewards of gardening with our native species! This is a bestseller!

The Organic Rose Garden

by Liz Druitt. Create beautiful blooms and heavenly scents without the need of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Druitt explains the basics of organic rose gardening and offers reviews and tips for over 175 rose varieties. An invaluable resource section details sustainably managed rose nurseries, environmentally responsible garden products, and helpful further reading.

Making Plant Medicine

by Richo Cech. The book is a modern making-medicine and formulary with its roots in original Herbalism. It is designed for every medicinal herb gardener to cultivate the full potential of the plant-human relationship. Making Plant Medicine is a preferred herbal reference, used by medicine makers of all descriptions. This book has found its way into kitchens, herbal laboratories, and herb schools throughout the world. In this fully updated third edition, Richo Cech has enriched his formulary with 12 new herbs, providing a broader view of useful plant species that can be cultivated in the home garden and used in family health care.

Herbal Harvest

by Greg Whitten. A hardcover book on organic production of quality dried herbs, it covers virtually every subject which needs to be considered by herb growers. Greg Whitten has pioneered the development of techniques for producing premium quality medicinal herbs in the country. Topics include propagation, planting, weed management, biodynamic aspects, processing, marketing and more.

Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning

by Cass Turnbull. This book offers excellent pruning advice for over 160 species of trees, shrubs, ground covers, and vines. It also covers the basics of pruning to give the new gardener a sound general knowledge.

The Home Orchard: Growing Your Own Deciduous Fruit and Nut Trees

edited by Ingels, Geisel, and Norton. Perfect for backyard orchards and rare-fruit growers. This book covers innovative practices that enthusiasts have developed in recent years, including proper and efficient watering and irrigation. Includes special focus on organic and non-toxic pest management and fertilization.

Seed Sowing and Saving

by Carole B. Turner. Step-by-step techniques for collecting and growing more than 100 vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. Includes 300 illustrations and time-proven tips for starting seeds correctly.

The Apple Grower

by Michael Phillips. A guide for the organic orchardist, this book combines the wisdom of our great-grandparents with the best research and techniques of today to explain natural apple growing. This new expanded colorful edition features soil and tree care, orchard biodiversity, harvest, marketing and sustainability.

Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally

by Robert Kourik. Features easy-to care- for edible plants that fertilize the soil and attract beneficial insects. Guides the reader on designing her or his own aesthetic edible landscape; includes tree pruning and care. Includes gourmet recipes to transform your harvest to a feast.

Growing 101 Herbs that Heal

by Tammi Hartung helps you add diversity and healing power to your garden with medicinal plants including St. John’s wort, fennel, chicory and skullcap. Discover how economical it is to create your own teas, tinctures, compresses and more.


Sunflower Houses – A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups

by Sharon Lovejoy. Remember making clover chains, hollyhock dolls and firefly lanterns? Or hosting a fairy tea party? Remember checking the clock when the Four O’Clocks bloomed? These simple pleasures and hundreds more are gathered here in a magical book of inspiration from the garden. See our Children’s Section.

Wicked Cool Sustainable Solutions for the Earth

An activity and coloring book for little and big people. Especially for our young gardeners, a wonderful addition to your bookshelf! Recommended by a wide spectrum of educators, from Montessori teachers to college professors. This book guides readers of all ages toward solution-oriented activities that help them become problem-solvers, while having loads of fun!

THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN -An organic gardening primer

by Jody Main. The text and engaging photos follow the celebrated history of the Woodside School children’s garden to introduce readers to the concepts of organic gardening and the joy of gardening in community with children and adults together. Be sure to attend the SCHOOL GARDEN BASICS class which Jody is co-teaching.

WORMS Eat Our Garbage — Classroom Activities for a Better Environment

by Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton and Barbara Loss Harris. This book is filled with fun activities to teach worm anatomy, classification, lifecycle, and physiology. Learn how to care for worms and to collect useful castings and liquid tea for your garden while learning riddles and a song to sing together about worms and worm composting. Perfect for introducing environmental awarness to school-age children.


Pacific Horticulture

Published by the non-profit Pacific Horticultural Foundation, whose mission is to stimulate and inspire gardeners in the art and science of horticulture on the West Coast. Beautiful photos with great articles, some written by customers of Common Ground.

Fruit Gardener

California Rare Fruit Growers’ amazing publication of information, including a resource of seed banks and networking potential.

Dig It! DVD!

Watch and learn how to prepare your soil more easily by following the techniques developed by John Jeavons during over a quarter of a century of double-digging. Show the DVD to your friends in the morning, then go out and have a digging party in the afternoon!


Natural Disease + Pest Control Products

Sluggo Plus – NEW!

Pests777An improved formulation of Sluggo! kills slugs, snails, earwigs, cutworms, sowbugs and pillbugs. Made from iron phosphate and spinosad, a naturally occurring soil dwelling bacterium. One pound treats 2000 square feet and lasts up to 4 weeks. Can be applied up to 3 days before harvest.Easy-to-use granular formulation remains effective after rain or sprinkling. Can be used around pets and wildlife.

Diatomaceous Earth

New! Certified organic by OMRI for indoor & outdoor use. Kills roaches, ants, earwigs, silverfish, and other crawling insects. Also kills bedbugs, a problem in the Bay Area.

Critter Ridder

This ready-to-use liquid will irritate animals when they touch or taste the product. This product can be used to effectively repel dogs, cats, groundhogs, squirrels, skunks and racoons from treated areas. One application lasts up to 30 days. This product repels by odor and taste.

All Seasons Horticultural & Dormant Spray Oil

Non-toxic. Kills insects by smothering. For use on fruit trees, shade trees, evergreens, ornamentals, flowers, vegetables and houseplants. Controls scale, mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, leafminers and many more insects.

Green Light Rose Defense

Three products in one: fungicide, insecticide and miticide. Ready to use. Controls blackspot, powdery mildew, rust, spider mites, aphids, whitefl ies and more. OMRI- listed for organic production.

Mosquito Dunks

Safe for use in fish habitats. Kills mosquitoes before they’re old enough to bite!® Place in containerized standing water: fl ower pots, tree holes, birdbaths, rain barrels, animal watering troughs, water gardens. One dunk treats up to 100 square feet of water surface. Dunks may be used whole or broken up. Active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

Root Guard Gopher Baskets and Rolls

Do gophers like to nibble on your roots? Stop them with an impenetrable wire barrier. Perfect to put in when you double-dig! Protect your roses, tomatoes, bushes and vegetable gardens with galvanized wire baskets available in 3 sizes. Also available in 2′ x 25′ or 4′ x 25′ rolls.

Home & Garden Insect Spray

Gives indoor and outdoor protection; controls and repels unwanted animals. An environmentally friendly spray. Great on vegetables & flowers. May be used up to day of harvest.

Sticky Aphid Whitefly Trap

Very effective in carrying out its function. Not poisonous in any way. A very easy to use trap. A grid for precision monitoring. Finally, it is great for flowers and vegetables.

Tree Tanglefoot, a Pest Barrier

A sticky barrier that protects trees from destructive crawling insects. Effective against canker worms, gypsy moth caterpillars, climbing cutworms, ants, and other climbing insects.

BioNEEM Insecticide & Repellent

A multi-purpose concentrate, it can be used for fruit, vegetables, flowers & ornamentals in & around the home. It kills or repels aphids, beetles, caterpillars, leafminers, thrips, whiteflies, and other listed pests.

Take Down Garden Spray

An insecticide from plants for plants. Kills all stages of insects, including eggs. Intended as a dormant & growing season insect spray.


Beneficial insects provide safe and effective control of 200 kinds of caterpillars. Easy to release into your garden, these do their work by laying eggs inside the eggs of their prey.

Insect Repellent

Liquid Net Pleasant Scent “Guaranteed to Work” All Natural for repelling mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, no-see-ums and other biting insects.

Bonide Wettable Sulfur

Controls rust, leaf spot, powdery mildew and much more. It also controls russet mites on tomatoes. Use on fruits, vegetables and ornamentals. Joe has used this on his tomatoes and loves the results.

Bird Scare Flash Tape

Helps protect fruit, vegetables and seedlings from bird damage. This tape is environmentally safe, effective, easy to use and will not harm the birds. Easy to install. 290 foot roll.

Bird-X Netting

Protect your garden and enjoy the fruits of your labors. Use to protect fruit trees, grapes and berries and vegetable beds.



Seeds Packets & Bulk Cover Crops

We carry as many open-pollinated seeds as possible. There are a few of your favorite tomato and corn varieties (Labeled F1 on jars and packets). Open-pollinated seeds produce plants for which pollination happens by wind, insects, or other natural means. The diversity of genetic material maintains the overall vigor of a particular plant variety. F1 hybrid seeds are the first generation of plants resulting from a controlled cross between parents that are genetically different. They are sometimes more productive and vigorous and can be more uniform than open pollinates. Select from a bountiful diverse selection of seed packets including Seed Savers Exchange, Renee’s Garden, Nichols Garden Seeds, Irish Eyes Seed Potatoes (seasonal), Larner’s Seeds, and Pacific Coast Seeds. Stop by the center to see the newest collection. We carry as many organic seeds as possible. Cover crop seeds are self-serve, honor system, where you label and price your own packets. A cost saving.

Bulk Cover Crops (Compost Crops, Green Manure)

Name Description
Deep-rooted perennial for long-term use. Plant fall or spring. Fixes Nitrogen. Takes drought.

Coverage: 1 T=0.5 oz. per 100 s.f.

Annual Rye Grass Plant any time, especially early winter. Protects and loosens soil. Doesn’t fix nitrogen. Reseeds.Coverage: 2.33 Tbsp per 100 s.f.
Buckwheat Great summer compost crop. Very fast growing. Doesn’t fix nitrogen. Full sun.Coverage: 6.5 T= 3oz. Per 100 s.f.
Cereal Rye Grass Annual, to 7′. Nearly best crop for improving soil structure. Plant in Fall.Coverage: 5.25 Tbsp per 100 s.f.
Crimson Clover Annual, usually planted in fall. 6-30″. Brilliant red flowers. Part shade ok. Fixes nitrogen.Coverage: 2 T = 1 oz per 100 s.f.
Fava Bean * Edible crop; compost crop * 2-4′ annual bean. Fall. Frost resistant.Coverage: 2-3 c. per 100 s.f.
Mustard Yellow-flowered plant opens heavy soil, attracts beneficial insects. Plant in fall or spring.Coverage: 3 T = 1.5 oz per 100 s.f.
Red Oats 2-4′ annual. Tolerates poor soil. Needs some irrigation. Doesn’t fix nitrogen. Spring or Fall.Coverage: 8 T = 3oz per 100 s.f.
Strawberry Clover Perennial. Fixes nitrogen. Good for erosion control. Needs some irrigation. Plant fall or spring.Coverage: 2 T = 1 oz. per 100 s.f.
Vetch – Purple Short, viney, purple-flowered plant fixes nitrogen. Often planted with fava beans.Coverage: 3/4 c = 7 oz per 100 s.f.
Vetch – Wooly Hardy annual, outgrows weeds, tolerates poor soil and cold. Fall.Coverage: 3/4 c = 7 oz per 100 s.f.
White Clover Perennial. Fixes nitrogen. Good lawn. Good for bees, beneficials.Coverage: 2 T = 1 oz. per 100 s.f.

Plant Starts

Plant Starts – Edible, Medicinal, Native, and Ornamental

Vegetable Seedlings

We carry vegetable seedlings in season. Summer brings us our wonderful heirloom tomatoes, as well as eggplant, peppers, corn, beans, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, melons, and many more. Spring and Fall bring the brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.), as well as peas, lettuce, spinach, all sorts of specialty salad greens, beets, carrots, and much more. We buy from local growers, and try to get plants produced from open-pollinated seeds, as well as those which are organically grown.

Flower Starts And Bulbs

PlantsPerennialsWe carry locally grown flower starts, annuals and perennials, in container sizes ranging from 4″ to one gallon. Come see our lovely seasonal selections of foxglove, coreopsis, scabiosa, balloon flowers, cone flowers, penstemon, hollyhocks, sunflowers, clarkia, poppies, dianthus, linaria, lavender, and so many more, including natives and wildflowers.

In season, we also carry your favorite bulbs, including daffodils, tulips, and freesia and many others.


PlantsHerbsWe carry a wide selection of locally grown herb starts, both annual and perennial, many of which are organic. Come check out our mints, thymes, basils, parsleys, sages, and many more, including culinary and medicinal herbs.