Friends of Fire Mountain

Protect, Preserve, and Improve Fire Mountain

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Fire Mountain Social Club Events to Visit the Privateer Coal Fire Pizza

The Friends of Fire Mountain invite you to join us for a new series of social events. We will be visiting restaurants and other businesses with ties to the Fire Mountain community. It’s a great way to get to know a business that you might not otherwise know about or maybe didn’t realize they’re your neighbors!

We’re starting in Oceanside with the Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, a business owned by life-long Fire Mountain residents who have been best friends since 2nd grade at Palmquist Elementary. For more information and a menu visit their web site:

This exclusive event is open to the first 20 people to RSVP and everyone joining us will receive a free fountain drink with their meal. RSVP in the form below!

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Event: Friends of Fire Mountain Social Club Meeting

Location: The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza: 1706 S. Coast Hwy.Oceanside, CA 92054

Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm

What: Dinner* with your neighbors and a chance to get local at the Privateer!

*This is a no-host event, we have secured seating and a beverage special but payment is your responsibility.
RSVP Here:

 Any questions please email or email


Thanks to everyone who came out May 3rd  to the Friends of Fire Mountain Clippings and Coffee Event!

There was a big turn out and most everyone had some unique and beautiful plants to share…combine that with donuts and it was definitely a nice way to kick off the weekend.

Check out a few photos below and look for info on our next event here on the site and on

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Resources for Water Smart Gardening

Winter is coming and we’re starting to feel a tiny chill in the air (OK, only a little bit…in the evening, but still!). In Oceanside, winter is an ideal time to start planting and we at FOFM like to encourage our neighbors to plant water-wise or food-producing plants.  I hear people say “I just don’t like cactus” quite a bit, but water-wise does not necessarily mean pokey plants.

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There are lots of great, free resources out there to help you find what you need and make it look great. Here are just a few:

The SD County Water Authority is giving free classes on Water Smart Gardening, the next one in Oceanside isn’t until January, but keep checking back. If you can’t wait or don’t need to attend a class, maybe you have a bit of knowledge and want to dive into more detail the Web-based Gardening Tool has a ton of resources. We were excited to find links to different types of plants based on what you’re trying to achieve, from fire-wise grasses to succulents that do well in shade they include really good photos of what the plants look like all grown up.

Our local nursery, Evergreen, also has regular classes on vegetable gardens, landscaping with natives, landscape maintenance and more. Just check their site for dates and times.

The Buena Vista Audubon Society has a Native Plant Club as well as information about how to choose, plant and maintain natives on their site.

For monthly planting advice, we also like the Briggs Tree Company newsletter and web site, which of course, comes with a handy 10% off coupon.

Lastly, don’t forget there are the archives from Mr. Charles Ledgerwood’s planting suggestions on the FOFM Garden Exchange blog.

We would love to see pictures of your garden – send them to and we will post them next month!