Archive for May, 2012

1 Gun Ranch

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A few weeks ago, I met the very cute Lady Gaga, Waffle, Winston,  and Churchill who are all residents of 1Gun Ranch, the coolest biodynamic farm located high up in the hills above Malibu, California. Apart from all the furry and feathered friends (I love that many of them are rescues), I saw very nicely designed enclosed vegetable gardens, with huge tomato plants, basil, and cilantro all growing in dark, rich super soil that 1Gun Ranch makes and also sells to the public, which is fabulous for all of us who love to grow our own produce in chemical, additive, hormone and pesticide free soil. The brain behind One Gun Ranch is the lovely Alice Bamford, who herself grew up on the Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestshire, England.

I was so thrilled when Alice told me she loves my monthly almanac, and especially the “Gardening according to the phases of the Moon calendar,” but I’m also so inspired by her work and vision for 1Gun Ranch, as a resource for educating children from various local schools about how to grow vegetables organically and connect with nature around them, both such healthy and enriching experiences that stimulate creativity. Something I myself would love to learn one day at 1Gun Ranch: foraging for local wild greens like mugwort and dill! I want to keep learning on how to be self-sufficient and live the most enjoyable sustainable lifestyle possible.


Classic entrance gate

Waffle the donkey


Winston and Churchill

Blessed Teepee

Fresh eggs

Love this bulb + fixture

Lady Gaga and friends



Enclosed vegetable gardens

Frida Kahlo inspired guest house

One of my eco heroes: Alice Bamford

Thank you so muchxo

















Wednesday, May 30th, 2012


This homemade acidic fertilizer was so easy to make. Use it on plants like Azaleas, Roses, Rhododendrons, Blueberry, and Hibiscus which love acidic fertilizers. Eggshells are almost 100% calcium carbonate, one of the main ingredients in agricultural lime, which increases the pH of acidic soil. In case you live in Los Angeles, did you know that the soil is predominately alkaline…


Start by saving your eggshells in jars


Let them dry by the window-sill on some newspaper


Place the dried eggshells in a blender and pulse until they have turned into a fine powder.


Sprinkle in your garden.


P.S. I learned how to make this from a site called