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State: California
Owner - San Diego Seed Company
Phone Number: (414) 797-3726
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We're asking gardening experts from all over to tell a little about their background, gardening philosophies, favorite gardening books, gardening websites, and most importantly their plant recommendations. We're always looking for more experts to spotlight, so please contact us if you're interested in participating!

Biographical Information

Please tell us briefly about your favorite cause/business/product in which you are involved that you would like to share with the general public and why.

Regionally adapted and selected seed.

Where can members get more of your advice?

Visit our website and by attending one of our classes all which are listed on our website and FB page.

What are your favorite gardening websites and why:

What are your favorite gardening books and why:

  • Gardening when it counts by Steve Soloman- This is an AMAZING book that should be read by EVERY food gardener.
  • Western Garden Book- great garden reference book.
  • The Vegetable Growers Handbook by Frank Tozer - another reference guide for veggie gardening.

Background Information

Briefly describe the climate where you garden now (climate zone, state, area) and any other areas where you have gardened in the past.

California Coastal and Coastal inland.

How long have you been gardening?

20 years.

What triggered your interest?

I LOVE FOOD and nature.

What is your specialty, expertise or claim to fame?

Vegetable gardening.

What education do you have?

  • Seed Businesses, Horticulture UC Davis
  • Seed Biology, UC Davis
  • Urban Farming Seeds at City College San Diego

What is your favorite garden or plant-related topic? Tell us a little about them.

Seed Sovereignty, seed saving.

What is your biggest gardening pet peeve? Tell us about it.

Overhead watering plants, which leads to fungal issues.

How much time per week do you spend gardening?

I am a farmer- 40 hours a week.

How much time per week do you spend working at the business of gardening, such as consulting, reading, writing or talking about your gardening subject?

20 hours a week.

What gardening or horticultural clubs, societies, or organizations (or any other interest) do you belong to?

San Diego Garden Facebook Group.

Gardening Questions

What do you like most about gardening?

Connecting to nature.

What do you dislike most about gardening?

Not easy to do at night :).

What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?

Steve Soloman.

What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?

Harvesting, trials.

What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?

Botanical Gardens of Kauai.

What group or kind of person do you think would benefit most from the advice you can give on gardening?

Small scale farmers, vegetable growers.

Would you like to participate, or can you recommend someone who you think should? We're always looking for more expert gardeners to tell about their philosophies and give their plant recommendations contact us and we'll get started (it's easy and a great way to promote yourself).

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About the Author
San Diego Seed Company
Brijette Peña is the owner operator of San Diego Seed Company which specializes in organic, regionally adapted seeds that gardeners, farmers and market growers can depend on.
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