Amy Stewart tends a small garden near downtown Eureka, California. She's just a few blocks from the ocean, so tomatoes and peppers are out of the question. Berries, artichokes, apples and potatoes have become the stars of her kitchen garden, and perennials like salvia, lavender, and penstemon keep the flower garden going almost year-round.
She also takes care of four chickens and adds their manure and eggshells to her compost pile, which is teeming with red wigglers. Most of the scraps and cuttings that go into the compost pile are first run through an electric chipper-shredder, which saves space and makes everything break down faster. If you haven't guessed, making more compost—and brewing compost tea—are among her favorite garden chores.
Stewart is the author of The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms and From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden. She is the garden columnist for the North Coast Journal and she writes regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers and magazines. Visit her online at AmyStewart.com.