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The Ultimate Seed Swap

The Ultimate Seed Swap

| July 26, 2015 | 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 | Reply

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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Order Carrot Seeds!

Order Carrot Seeds!

| June 29, 2015 | Reply

Order Carrot Seeds! For fall or spring harvest, depending on your zone. Or, order the seeds from Kaye’s rainbow carrot harvest, by clicking the button! I receive a small commission for promoting products I’ve used and believe in. Your support of these products helps me to continue to produce “Late Bloomer” episodes to inspire people to […]

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Boysenberry, so Precious, so Rare!

Boysenberry, so Precious, so Rare!

| June 19, 2015 | 5 Replies

Boysenberry, so Precious, so Rare! My boysenberry plant delivered in its second year in a big pot. This is the largest harvest of berries I’ve ever had. Until yesterday, little more than a handful of berries is all I’ve ever harvested at one time, so I consider this bowl hitting the mother lode. I struggled with […]

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Living with Powdery Mildew

Living with Powdery Mildew

| May 28, 2015 | 2 Replies

Living with Powdery Mildew (PM). I’ve accepted it. I have to live with powdery mildew on my edible crops. There was a time I thought I could get a handle on it, rise above PM, win out. But, even though I used a preventative spray on my seedlings this year, my new tomato transplants still […]

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Try Adding Chestnuts to Vegetable Soup!

Try Adding Chestnuts to Vegetable Soup!

| May 15, 2015 | Reply

Try adding chestnuts to vegetable soup! This is quite possibly one of the best veggie soups I’ve ever made, and I’ve made a lot. I bought a bag of organic dried raw chestnuts recently. I’ve seen them before but, not growing up around chestnut trees (other than my neighbor’s Chinese Chestnut tree which smelled loathsome a […]

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The Best Way to Spend Mother’s Day

The Best Way to Spend Mother’s Day

| May 10, 2015 | 8 Replies

The best way to spend Mother’s Day is to plant something. (This is even better if you plant something with your child!) I’m an empty nester now, so I’m planting alone, but today I went crazy planting beans. Well, actually they are the Creams shelling peas that you see in Part 1 and Part 2 […]

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