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Two 20-minute Farm Box Recipes

Two 20-minute Farm Box Recipes

| August 29, 2015 | Reply

I thought you might enjoy two 20-minute farm box recipes. If you follow Late Bloomer, you know that I am a 20-minute cook. Recipes that take longer and are complicated I leave to the professionals! So, I’m always interested in creating tasty, FAST, home-prepared meals on the Fridays I receive my farm box. There is […]

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Top 5 Late Bloomer Lessons!

Top 5 Late Bloomer Lessons!

| August 19, 2015 | 6 Replies

Halfway through Season 4 of Late Bloomer and past the mid-point of my fourth summer garden, I think it’s high time to publish my Top 5 Late Bloomer Lessons (LBL’s)! LBL #1 –  Don’t bite off more than you can chew  An increasingly common thing has been happening to me lately. I was just in the Apple store and […]

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Save Time and Money Regrowing Food

Save Time and Money Regrowing Food

| August 13, 2015 | Reply

Save time and money regrowing food. People tell me all the time they just don’t have the time (or the money) to start a garden. But, did you realize how many foods you can regrow from scraps? You can have quite a nifty little garden in your kitchen window if you save your scraps and […]

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Collective Farm Woman is a Keeper!

Collective Farm Woman is a Keeper!

| August 3, 2015 | 4 Replies

Collective Farm Woman is a Keeper! In spite of powdery mildew devastating my two Collective Farm Woman melon plants (see “Cutting My Losses”), I will be planting them again next year. Why? Because they are quick to ripen (80-85 days), and there’s no guesswork when they are ready. They simply let go of the vine […]

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Cutting My Losses with Melons and Beans

Cutting My Losses with Melons and Beans

| July 28, 2015 | 1 Reply

Cutting My Losses with Melons and Beans – It seems the garden was healthy and lush for way too brief a time this July. The start of the month was stupendous and I was filled with expectation of two months of production before issues took over. In spite of all that I have learned in […]

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The Ultimate Seed Swap

The Ultimate Seed Swap

| July 26, 2015 | 1 Reply

The ultimate seed swap took place in the late bloomer garden last Saturday thanks to the world wide web. A young Philippine gardener, daughter of a farmer, found Late Bloomer online and subscribed. We communicated a couple of times, and a few weeks ago she wrote to say her mother was coming to visit her brother and wife […]

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The Best Way to Eat a Fig

The Best Way to Eat a Fig

| July 26, 2015 | 4 Replies

The best way to eat a fig is with a hunk of goat cheese, draped in prosciutto, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with cracked pepper! Especially tantalizing if it’s a fig from your own tree! Sliced in half or quartered makes a perfect mouthful! I planted my second fig tree this spring, after […]

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Good Help is Hard to Find

Good Help is Hard to Find

| July 4, 2015 | Reply

Good help is hard to find, I was telling myself two weeks ago after a handyman I’d hired for a few hours left the premises. This story is really about my peppers and how hard I’ve worked on them. This year, I wound up with 26 peppers in pots, started from seed, and several at […]

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When You Know You’ve Got It Bad (for Beans)

When You Know You’ve Got It Bad (for Beans)

| July 2, 2015 | 2 Replies

When you know you’ve got it bad (for beans) is after you put in five hours from 7AM till noon, mostly maintenance at this point, since everything for summer is planted (can one ever say that definitively?), and you wrap it up (2 or 3 times), come in and eat breakfast, which you never got […]

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Morning Impressions

Morning Impressions

| June 30, 2015 | Reply

Morning impressions at sunrise on pest roundup. Click here for 18 photos shot this morning from 6:31 to 7:33AM. Everything looks better at sunrise (except maybe pests, LOL). Late Bloomer Lesson: Be Observant You can only manage what you can see, so take a good look early in the morning. There were at least seven snails […]

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