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La Mesa Girl Scouts

Raising Money For Kenyan Friends

LA MESA -- Last night, a fantastic troop of La Mesa fifth grade girls from Rolando Elementary raised money to bring water to a school in Kenya. The Kenyan school, Peter Kariuki Primary School, also has a scout troop. But their scouts live very different lives than our scouts.

I visited Peter Kariuki Primary in February of this year. About 70 percent of the children in…


Added by Jill Richardson on November 10, 2012 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

On The Dangers Of Chemicals

Today was, by far, the worst day I've had in La Mesa ever. My neighbor's landlord did something irresponsible that could have resulted in the sickness or death of one of our pets or even the members of our family.

We are avid gardeners. We have a small lot in an urban part of town. Some of our neighbors told us they nicknamed us "the farmers." At left, you can see our…


Added by Jill Richardson on May 14, 2011 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

An Illegal Egg

Today, my illegal chicken Victoria laid her first egg. I suppose the egg is illegal too. It's large and brown and my roommate's daughter will get to eat it because she won our bet on which day the first egg would come. According to a study done by Mother Earth News,…


Added by Jill Richardson on April 2, 2011 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Chickens in La Mesa: Do Chickens Belong in a City?

Since last December, I've been engaged in a campaign to legalize backyard chickens in La Mesa. Specifically, I am asking that anyone in a single family home in a residential zone be allowed up to six hens, no roosters, provided they are kept in a clean and well-maintained coop. It's an odd issue to be committed to, for sure. It's not what I ever envisioned as my entry into local politics. And it's gotten some strange responses.

My interest in chickens took off a few years ago, at the… Continue

Added by Jill Richardson on June 27, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Gardening in La Mesa: What to Plant in April

The weather's warming up, which opens up a host of exciting possibilities in the garden. Here's what you can plant now, along with a few tips for planting.

Year-Round crops:



Most herbs (basil and dill are exceptions)

Carrot varieties that grow to maturity in 60 or so days

Seasonal crops:


Winter squash

Summer squash








Beans (except for… Continue

Added by Jill Richardson on April 7, 2010 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Gardening in La Mesa: What to Plant Now

Getting good gardening advice for Southern California can be a little bit tricky. We've got a year round growing season, unlike much of the country, and our schedule for what to plant when is just different. Right now we're coming to the end of the cool season, putting us in a bit of an awkward spot. It's too late to plant some cool weather crops that won't be ready for harvest before the weather gets hot, but it's too cold to plant warm weather crops… Continue

Added by Jill Richardson on February 15, 2010 at 10:04pm — No Comments

A Common La Mesa Weed Can Be a Free, Healthy Dinner

Perhaps you have a well-manicured lawn, or wonderful landscaping with native plants, or a flourishing garden. But we don't. My boyfriend and I live in La Mesa and, while we are working tirelessly to turn our yard into a thriving garden, right now it's full of weeds. And today I made a big discovery: one of the weeds is edible. Free food!

The major plant pest in our yard is Bermuda grass. We have logged countless hours trying to dig it up by the roots only to have it all grow back. But… Continue

Added by Jill Richardson on February 15, 2010 at 9:39pm — No Comments

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