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Home&Garden GOOD TIMES

MAGAZINE 2018

MAKE HER SPACE

Local women get a maker space of their own at Craftsmen Collective

TINY HOUSE, BIG DESIGN Turn a micro-space into a home

YOU, DIG

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Home&Garden GOOD TIMES

MAGAZINE 2018

MAKE HER SPACE

Local women get a maker space of their own at Craftsmen Collective

TINY HOUSE, BIG DESIGN Turn a micro-space into a home

YOU, DIG

Secrets of Dig Gardens’ blooming success S A N TA C R U Z . C O M | G O O D T I M E S . S C

EDITOR’S NOTE

T CONTENTS THE OTHER EDEN P6 How Dig Gardens became a hip gardening hub.

COLLECTIVE SOUL P12 Soquel’s Craftsmen Collective makes space for local women.

THE SUCCULENT LIFE P16 How the right flower can alter your reality.

TINY HOME MAKEOVER P18 Smart interior design made an Airstream a home.

JAR FROM HOME P26 The joy of growing for fermentation.

HOME & GARDEN EVENTS P28 The year in gardening classes, plant sales and more. COVER PHOTO BY JULIANA ARAGON COVER DESIGN BY TABI ZARRINNAAL

STAFF PUBLISHER

Jeanne Howard EDITOR

Steve Palopoli MANAGING EDITOR

Maria Grusauskas

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Georgia Johnson Richard Stockton Lily Stoicheff Christina Waters ART DIRECTOR

Tabi Zarrinnaal DESIGNERS

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ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

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his issue of Home & Garden is all about finding your space. If you’re a woman in Santa Cruz County who is also a crafter, maker, artist, that space just might be the Craftsmen Collective in Soquel. Founded by a floral designer, this beautifully curated space is a hotspot for the two things we obsess over in these pages: amazing design and the culture around living plants. Read Maria Grusauskas’ story on page 12 to get some insight into one of the most innovative and interesting maker spaces in Santa Cruz County. If you’re thinking of joining the many people who have joined the Tiny House movement—which is thriving in this area thanks to a number of factors, from environmental consciousness to the high cost of housing—then Richard Stockton’s story about how he converted an Airstream trailer into a happy little home might help you find your space. Think of it as Extreme Makeover: Tiny House Edition. It’s funny stuff, and worth a read even if you’re only really interested in gigantic, towering homes. If you’re looking for something different in your gardening life, Dig Gardens may be the space for you. Our story in this issue explains how Cara and Will Meyers built their business into the place in Santa Cruz for succulents and other gardening fixations. Speaking of succulents, Christina Waters is ready to tell you how they can change your life—as in actually alter your reality. Just turn to page 16. And Lily Stoicheff has some suggestions for those who want to combine their love of gardening and fermenting. I’m telling you, this issue is a dilly of a pickle. STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR

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How Dig Gardens became Santa Cruz County’s hip gardening hub BY GEORGIA JOHNSON

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ome for the ferns, stay for the cheese boards. Dig Gardens is a little slice of paradise that will have gardening geeks leaving their worries and wallet at the door. Whether they get lost in the outdoor succulent

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paradise, or don’t even make it past the Paddywax scented candles and bath salts, Dig has something for everyone. Founded by Cara and Will Meyers in 2009, Dig Gardens opened at the beginning of the succulent craze and around the same time as the

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recession. In the midst of water scarcity, Californians everywhere were fervently searching for drought tolerant plants and succulents that would neither sacrifice the beauty and diversity of their garden nor break the bank. Cara Meyers says that while it

wasn’t easy getting the shop off the ground at first, the local demand and support for succulents and houseplants has allowed Dig to bloom. The Meyers were no stranger to the gardening business, having met through their shared love of 8>


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Soquel’s Craftsmen Collective supports local woman artists and makers BY MARIA GRUSAUSKAS

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in Soquel Village, she knew she’d have to get creative to manage the overhead—especially with the seasonality of her business, which offers organic flower arrangements to order, as well as living arrangements and a specialty in container gardens, home styling and decor consulting. What she didn’t realize was that she’d create not only a storefront brimming with rustic boho chic, but also an antidote to artistic isolation. In less than a year, her Craftsmen Collective has blossomed into a platform for artists to connect, collaborate and create. There is workspace in the back for both Martin and Lauren Rhodes of the custom letterpress outfit Waldo Press (with room for one more resident artist), while the shop displays a rotation of art, jewelry and home decor crafted by 11 local female artisans.

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“It wasn’t intentional, that’s just the way it happened to unfold,” says Martin of the all-woman lineup. “As the collective began to develop, I’ve found I really enjoyed sharing space and showcasing other female artists. I think it’s important for women in our community to be represented and have a workspace to gather, inspire and support one another.” The collection of quality crafted items Martin curates fits her impeccable design aesthetic—from ceramics and furniture to textiles, glassware, a smattering of vintage bags, and so much more. “One of the best aspects of this process has been discovering all the talent within our community,” she says.

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And while the retail aspect of the collective is rewarding, Martin most loves to see what comes out of the regular workshops held there. “My dream would be to evolve into a collective workspace that hosts art and craft events, and have the shop become a showroom for our resident artists,” she says. But at the convergence of art and nature, the living, breathing wares remain a vibrant and top-selling attraction, and include an assortment of houseplants ranging from succulents and tilandias to ferns, fiddle figs, pothos and more. “We want our customers to have happy, healthy plants, so we always have some easyto-care-for, low-maintenance plants in stock,” she says. One of her current favor-

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ites is the ficus elastica in the less-common blush and cream-variegated versions. “They are foolproof and fill out a space nicely while adding a subtle pop of color. Anytime we find something unusual or different, we snap them up, so check the shop regularly for unique varietals, like our recent dark-purple hanging lipstick plant.” The Craftsmen Collective has come a long way since its inception last May, and Martin couldn’t have done it alone. “When I first started, I just had flowers and plants,” says Martin. “I was hustling to try to get my doors open in time for Mother’s Day, and had placed some orders with artists, but nothing had arrived yet. My friend Kristina Costanzo came by and helped me with the buildout and just

started making things to help fill out the shop—furniture, jewelry, pillows.” When I stop in on a sunny Friday afternoon, Martin is sitting at the counter that separates the workspace from the treasure-filled storefront. Bits of moss and driftwood, soil and air plants, and a pallette of wet paints litter her workbench. Behind her, Rhodes sets the wheel of her antique wrought iron printing press into motion. Martin’s cell phone rings. “Hey Kristina,” she answers, “you comin’ down to work?” For information on workshops and hours, visit thecraftsmencollective.com. Artists and makers interested in renting workspace can email info@ craftsmencollective.com.


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The Unexpected

Succulent How savoring their strangeness can alter your reality

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ucculent. The name says a lot. But it doesn’t reveal everything about these wildly compelling botanicals that surrender to even the least-green thumb. Thick-skinned and juicy, these intriguing plants sit somewhere on the sliding botanical scale between dry, spiky cacti and delicate leaf-bearing flora. Succulents love to preserve moisture deep inside their curious, pliant bodies. Like many intimate regions of animal anatomy, succulents are indeed succulent, hiding luscious fluids within swollen appendages. They defy your expectations. Their entire design, which never fails to fascinate us humans, maximizes water retention while offering myriad strange angles and ridges to the sun. Some, such as the mighty aloe, can grow to tree-sized and sculptural proportions. Others, like the adorable baby toes, fenestraria, stay tiny their entire lives. But the best-known succulents offer diversity that no college admissions officer ever imagined. Offspring of the mighty crassula can range from the dotted heart-leaved cordata, to the fractal-esque, polyhedronic alpestris, native of South Africa. The echeveria offers visual geometry, composed of rosettes that start small and pop out from a central matriarch into a small riot of rose-sized forms. The flapjack kalanchoe is mesmerizing with its beautiful red-tinged paddles—dramatic and infinitely watchable. And that brings me to the heart of the matter. No living space is too small for a succulent—hence the stratospheric popularity of succulents, expanding faster than the national debt. But succulents

offer so much character, strangeness, and let’s face it, sheer otherness, that they demand to be singled out for dramatic placement in our daily lives. Once I discovered that I really could not kill a succulent, I began to look for ways to bring their alien presence into unexpected corners of my life. These are fantasy objects to be sure, but unlike your antique copper vase, or your amethyst geode, succulents are also living creatures. Succulents will change their shapes, slowly, eccentrically. They will suddenly bring forth side shoots, little clones of themselves. And when you least expect it, they will produce improbable and gorgeous flowers. In short, succulents are peculiar and performative allies in the adventure of everyday life. Make friends with a few eccentric succulents. Make a commitment to your favorites—naming them helps you to bond with them—and then place them in spots where they can show themselves off in their quiet, mysterious way. I find that deep-blue glazed pots help bring out their essential greenness. Anything that can hold a bit of soil and a succulent qualifies as a pot. But the best way to savor their bizarre appearance is to place them among collections of inanimate objects—a succulent makes visual drama when surrounded by glass objects, candlesticks, children’s toys, thickly woven textiles, pewter vases, marbles . . . you get the idea. A single trophy succulent can also form an important otherworldly talking point in the center of your dining table. It will offer transformation on a gradual and meditative basis every single day. Savor the surreal beauty of the succulent. Don’t think of them as merely idiot-proof oddities. Think of them as small islands of strangeness in the midst of your most ordinary space. 2018 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | HOME & GARDEN

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GOING SMALL … IN STYLE My transition to a tiny house was abrupt. After I was put out on the street in Santa Cruz by out-of-town investors, I gutted my Airstream down to the walls and floor. I had to rebuild it from scratch to fit my life. This is not a restoration, this is a retrofit. Luckily, I won the Airstream lottery. My

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Airstream is a smoothskinned beauty that was garaged most of its life. It has no flat surfaces except for the floor and windows, and even the front corner windows are curved. The original Airstream design was by Hawley Bowlus who had overseen the production of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. The Airstream is perfectly named, built for the least wind resistance. Its curved surface gives it the strength of an airplane and durability to weather any storm, even the

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storm of time. To paraphrase General Douglas MacArthur, “Old Airstreams never die, they’re just out of sight.” If an apocalyptic tsunami ever hits Santa Cruz, ya’ll go ahead and run for the hills, I’m getting in my Airstream. (Psssst … I’ve got room for 12.)

A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS I have two music buddies that happen to also be brilliant artists with wood and metal. What makes Rhan Wilson and Rick Zeek a great building

team is that they go straight to solutions. We talked for hours about how I saw my future life in the Airstream. Cannabis was burned to open up our vision as we dreamed and schemed in the 21x8-foot spaceship. And Rhan and Rick are also sensitive to the part of me that can have an out-ofmoney experience. Rhan and Rick know art—I only know how to work hard. So the first work was mine. I tore out the old flooring down to the subfloor, pulled out all the nails and screws 22 > embedded in the walls


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community that he grew up in “growing tomatoes is a badge of honor.” He learned how to grow them from his father, an Italian immigrant who came to Santa Cruz from Lucca in Tuscany in the 1950s. Mike had grown up watching his father and his friends guard their tomato secrets from each other and competitively mock each other’s methods. Occasionally, they might offer a begrudging compliment. Mike said it was all in good fun, but the year he planted sun-loving San Marzanos during a chilly Santa Cruz

summer was devastating. The tomato-related smack talk he had to endure from his father and his friends—in Italian, no less—was humiliating. Whatever he’s doing now seems to be working. Last year, in a moment of panic, I googled whether it’s possible to eat too many tomatoes (answer: not really). I told him I want to grow things that I can ferment. You see, while I’m anticipating all the fresh flavors that only summer can bring, I’m also looking forward to how delicious these garden beauties will be after being stuffed into a


jar or a crock for a few weeks. If you think that sounds crazy, you’re not alone. Home fermentation was once ubiquitous, but in the last 100 years, the process has become mysterious and mistrusted. It’s kind of ironic, because pre-refrigeration, fermentation was one of the only ways to keep perishable food safe to eat for long periods of time. It’s also very not scary once you get to know it, and it’s a handy skill to have in your back pocket when your garden starts to get out of control. The main reason I’m into it is because

I love the amazing flavors that can be coaxed from fruits and vegetables after letting them mingle with their microbes. Fresh vegetables vs. kraut or pickles, to me, is like grape juice vs. wine, or fresh cream vs. cheese—the latter is always better. (Of course, wine and cheese are also fermented!) So this year, in addition to the tomatoes, we’re going to plant pickling cucumbers and fresh dill for snappy pickles, and jalapeño and serrano peppers to ferment into hot sauce. The lemons from our perpetually fruiting

tree will be cut and preserved in salt and lemon juice. We’re also planting four Pinot Noir vines, and even if I never have a chance to make wine, I can ferment the tannin-rich leaves and use them in vegetable ferments or to make dolmas. Everything will hang out with the sauerkraut and kimchi I make using leftover vegetables from our Live Earth Farms CSA. Thanks to a little planning, I’m looking forward to enjoying the flavors of our garden for a whole year—not just one summer.

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Saturday, 4/14

UCSC ARBORETUM SPRING PLANT SALE The Arboretum’s spring plant sale offers hundreds of varieties of water-wise plants, succulents and small trees from California, Australia and South Africa that are ideal for the Central Coast climate. Get there early for the best selection. INFO: Noon-4 p.m. UCSC Arboretum. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. 502-2998. arboretum.ucsc.edu. Free.

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Saturday 4/21

STRING GARDENS WORKSHOP When you run out of shelf space for your plants, it’s time to learn how to make a hanging garden. If you aren’t a fan of hanging pots, there is a way to hang plants without them. String gardening is an ancient form of bonsai, called “kokedama,” and is gaining popularity from garden enthusiasts all over the world. Each participant will be able to choose their favorite 4-inch houseplant from the nursery and will then use string and moss to create a display. INFO: 2 p.m. Dig Gardens, 420 Water St., Santa Cruz. 466-3444. diggardens.com. $50.

Saturday 4/28 and Saturday 5/19

BONSAI CLASS There is something so endearing about miniatures: poodles, golf, quiche, and of course, trees. Bonsai trees aren’t easy to care for, but the results are so worth it. Learn about how to successfully grow your very own bonsai tree at home. If you already have a bonsai in progress, you’re encouraged to bring it for consultation. INFO: 1 p.m. Alladin Nursery and Gift Shop. 2905 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville. 724-7517. alladinnursery.com. Free.

Saturday 4/28 - Sunday 4/29

UCSC FARM AND GARDEN SPRING PLANT SALE This year’s annual spring plant sale will feature a 50th anniversary twist with some of Alan Chadwick’s favorites and selections of plants that thrive in the Monterey Bay region. If you can’t make this one, they are also hosted the first Sunday of each month through November. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. UCSC Barn Theater Parking Lot. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. casfs.ucsc.edu. Free.

Saturday 4/28

RHODODENDRON PLANT SALE Rhododendrons are beautiful, low maintenance plants that do well in the Central Coast climate. Aside from being choice plants from Bay Laurel Nursery in Scotts Valley, there will also be deciduous azalea series rhododendrons, hybridized by Ben Lomond resident Jerry Harris, who often wins trophies with his deciduous azalea hybrids. You too could be the proud owner of some award-winning rhododendrons, but make sure to get there early since they will likely sell out. INFO: 7:30 a.m.-Noon. Cabrillo College Farmers Market. 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. mbmg.ucanr.edu. Free.

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Saturday 4/28

FREE FARM TOUR Take a relaxing stroll around the gorgeous 30-acre UCSC farm and see the organic agriculture and horticulture on its hand-worked garden, medium-sized, and tractor-worked farm scale. You will also learn more about the education, research and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Meet at UCSC’s Cowell Ranch Hay Barn. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. casfs.ucsc.edu. Free, registration recommended.

Sunday 4/29

‘IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO PLANT A GREAT GARDEN FROM SEED’ Summer is approaching, so it’s time to start planting. Learn all about the easier vegetables, herbs and flowers that you can plant from now and enjoy all summer long. INFO: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Quail Hollow Ranch. 800 Quail Hollow Road, Felton. mbmg.org. Free.

Saturday 5/5

MONTEREY BAY ROSE SOCIETY 38TH ANNUAL ROSE SHOW There are literally hundreds of beautiful cut roses ready to take home at the annual MBRS rose show. There will also be the opportunity to meet Joe Truskot, author of the Central Coast Rose Manual, and receive rose advice by ARS Consulting Rosarians. Plus there’s live music, wine and Corralitos Market sausages. INFO: 12:30-5 p.m. Alladin Nursery and Gift Shop. 2905 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville. alladinnursery.com. Free.

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Saturday 5/12

AN INTRODUCTION TO GARDEN HERBALISM Aside from delicious strawberries, kale and beautiful flowers, the fields and gardens at the UCSC farm are abound with medicinal plants. Learn how to use commonly found plants for more restful sleep, to combat stress, soothe or strengthen digestion, heal wounds, and much more. INFO: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. UCSC Farm and Garden. Corner of Merrill College Road and McLaughlin Drive. Santa Cruz. 459-3240. Online tickets at brownpapertickets.com. $30 general admission.

Sunday 5/20

PLANTING AND CARING FOR SUCCULENTS They say succulents are easy to care for, but they are also fairly easy to kill, too. Just because they don’t need as much water doesn’t mean they don’t need love and attection. Join UC Master Gardeners Sue Procter and Tina Heitzman for a hands-on class on planting and growing succulents, and everyone will get a chance to make their own mini succulent garden to take home. Feel free to bring a container or pot with a drain hole to take your succulents home in. INFO: 10 a.m-Noon. Costanoa Commons. 335 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz. mbmg.ucanr.edu. Free.

Saturday 5/26

COMPOST, VERMICULTURE & SOIL FERTILITY Using homemade compost is the single best thing you can do to increase your garden's fertility, ward off pests, and keep diseases at a minimum, according to Cynthia Sandberg co-founder of the World Tomato Society. Worm castings have also been shown to be a similarly powerful tool. Sandberg will teach students about the benefits of compost and vermiculture, how to properly build a compost pile and proper worm bin. Students will also take home their own worm bin. INFO: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Love Apple Farms. 2317 Vine Hill Road, Santa Cruz, 588-3801. growbetterveggies.com. Advance online registration required. $59 plus $20 materials fee.

Sunday 5/27

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Sunday 6/3

THE FINE ART OF DAHLIA GROWING Dahlias are some of summer’s most beautiful blooms. But these tender annuals aren’t always easy to care for, since they can be a bit water- and temperature-sensitive. Students will take home potted cuttings following the workshop that gives tips and tricks to the best blooms. INFO: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Love Apple Farms. 2317 Vine Hill Road, Santa Cruz, 588-3801. growbetterveggies.com. Advance online registration required. $69 plus $20 materials fee.

Saturday 6/23

‘THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES’ If you’ve been thinking about starting a backyard beehive, or your are just curious about what’s involved in beekeeping, then this is the class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners, so no prerequisite knowledge is required—you can walk in knowing nothing at all about bees and walk out ready to start with your own backyard beehive. UC Master Gardener Randy Fox will go over a brief history about honey bees and their life cycles and what tools you need to manage a successful hive. Make sure you get there 15 minutes early for registration. INFO: 10 a.m. UCCE Cooperative Extension. 1430 Freedom Blvd, Suite E. Watsonville. mbmg.ucanr.edu. Free.

Sunday 7/15

‘GROW YOUR OWN! SELECTING, GROWING, AND ARRANGING BACKYARD BOUQUETS’ So long, expensive store-bought bouquets! Learn how to select, grow and arrange annual flowers and perennials from your garden and yard to create beautiful bouquets. UCSC Alan Chadwick Garden Manager Orin Martin and his daughter, flower grower and bouquet maker Caroline Martin, will discuss how to select a range of blooms and grow them organically. INFO: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. UCSC Alan Chadwick Garden. 245 McLaughlin Drive, Santa Cruz. 459-3240. Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com. $30.

Saturday 7/28

SUMMER FRUIT TREE PRUNING Summer pruning is one of the best ways to ensure your fruit trees are healthy and productive. Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers, and Orin Martin, manager of UCSC’s Alan Chadwick Garden, will show you pruning techniques and answer any and all pruning questions. INFO: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. UCSC Farm and Garden, Corner of Coolidge Drive and Carriage House Road, Santa Cruz. 459-3240. Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com. $25 general admission.

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Saturday 7/28

‘CHIX IN THE CITY, HENS IN THE HOOD’ Some think chickens are cute and cuddly, others think they are the spawn of Satan—learn about the joys of keeping and raising chickens without annoying your neighbors. Find out what the best breed is for you, how to raise chicks and keep eggs and how to design and place a chicken coop. Get there around 15 minutes early for registration. INFO: 10 a.m.-noon. UCCE Extension Auditorium. 1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite E. Watsonville. mbmg.ucanr.edu. Free.

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