About ValleyGardens

steve-santia-jap-gardensHello and welcome to our garden blog! We’re Steve and Santia, and these days we find ourselves in a place we never expected — commuting between Utah and California to make our young marriage work for our kids. We’ve been at this for a few years, waiting for older kids to grow up and finish high school. We only have little over a year left before we consolidate at our Utah home. But for now, we divide our time between our home high on a ridge along Utah’s Wasatch Front and our home in a little northern Sierras foothill town.

ValleyGardens.com was started when I (Steve) lived on a half-acre lot in Utah County (the blog was then called “My half acre of paradise”). I was a recent move-in from California and learned how to grow in this more “intensely seasoned” climate.  So, there is a lot of information here going back to 2006 from the old garden, and we’re starting to load new information here in 2014 about our recent work. We bought a great house in Utah a few years ago, and it’s not a half acre anymore, but the views are amazing, and we’re just starting to turn this new yard into our very own paradise. The California house is a cute old Victorian with more mature landscaping. We hope you enjoy our adventures in two-state gardening!