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When You Know You’re Hooked (On Gardening)

When You Know You’re Hooked (On Gardening)

| April 15, 2014 | 8 Replies

When you know you’re hooked on gardening is something I’ve been wondering a lot about in my third year of this glorious endeavor. Am I hooked? Could I walk away from it? Quit it cold turkey? Am I addicted? Yesterday, I got my answer. An actor had brought a bag of grapefruit and tangerines from his trees […]

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Going Gaga over Tomatoes!

Going Gaga over Tomatoes!

| March 17, 2014 | 8 Replies

Going gaga over tomatoes is what happened to me in December when I found myself on Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I ordered eleven varieties of seeds, one in every color and shape. And then, garden friends sent me a few seeds from four more varieties. Other than direct-seeding a handful of Yellow Pear tomatoes last […]

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After the Rain

After the Rain

| March 3, 2014 | 2 Replies

After the rain, the Late Bloomer Garden comes alive! You may have heard about the drought in California. Well, we got a proper hosing the past few days. It coincided with cool season crops mature and lush. My new rainwater barrel is full along with several overflow trash cans, and the soil got a deep […]

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Winter Harvest is Beginning!

Winter Harvest is Beginning!

| February 24, 2014 | Reply

Winter Harvest is Beginning! Cool season crops are maturing in Southern California. It’s time to finally see the fruits of my labor, started back in October. It sounds like I’m bragging, but, as much for my own edification, I wanted to list all that I have growing in my tiny front yard garden. Most of […]

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Scones Without Sugar!

Scones Without Sugar!

| February 18, 2014 | 5 Replies

Scones Without Sugar, or Biscuits Made-with-3-Flours Recipe. I had scarfed down two of these loaded with raw cow butter and artisan lemon rosemary jelly before I thought to write a post. Since I don’t measure ingredients for cornbread, biscuits or pancakes, it rarely occurs to me to share a recipe. But, these were so good, […]

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Finding Solutions for Pests

Finding Solutions for Pests

| January 27, 2014 | 1 Reply

Finding solutions for pests is the life-long quest of an organic gardener or farmer. Late Bloomer Lesson (LBL): Be Persistent! Just because you found a solution, does not mean you found the solution. Late yesterday afternoon, I planted a variety of organic seed potatoes in the repurposed wood bins, as I had done last spring. I finished just before […]

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What Happened to Winter?

What Happened to Winter?

| January 15, 2014 | 3 Replies

What happened to winter? The Late Bloomer Garden is feeling the effects of a Santa Ana heat wave: broccoli is bolting and cocoons are eclosing! While I was seeding twelve varieties of heirloom tomato seed for summer out back, my one-of-two Monarch chrysalises eclosed in the front yard. I didn’t know it until I went out to […]

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Screening Winter Greens

Screening Winter Greens

| January 9, 2014 | 7 Replies

Screening Winter Greens is now a key component to pest and varmint management for my cool season greens. What farmers have known for decades – cover crops to prevent flying pests laying eggs on brassicas and more – is rarely put into practice in a front yard garden like mine. However, after daily plucking and squishing […]

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Blushing Blooms for the New Year!

Blushing Blooms for the New Year!

| December 31, 2013 | 3 Replies

Blushing blooms for the New Year abound in our Southern California neighborhoods! Because half my garden is taken up with edible plants, at first glance there doesn’t seem to be much color at the end of December. I have the staples that bloom all year, like Princess Flower and non-native yarrow, but I thought I […]

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“Variety is the Spice of Life”

“Variety is the Spice of Life”

| October 18, 2013 | 5 Replies

“Variety is the spice of life.” Ever heard that phrase? Of course, you have. I’ve heard it all my life. Well, guess what? There is NO variety in industrial agriculture, which is not sustainable. Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour. William Cowper – The Task (1785)–’The Timepiece’ (Book II, lines 606-7) […]

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