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Happy Holidays from Late Bloomer!

Happy Holidays from Late Bloomer!

| December 20, 2014 | Reply

Happy Holidays from Late Bloomer! To all those who have subscribed this year and to regular followers, I want to thank each and every one for your support. I hope I have inspired you just a little this year to get your hands dirty and try growing your own food. And don’t forget the flowers! […]

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December Blooms in Southern California!

December Blooms in Southern California!

| December 18, 2014 | 6 Replies

December Blooms in Southern California! While many gardens are buried in snow or frost, and gardeners are dreaming of their spring gardens, a few plants are blooming in the Late Bloomer garden and I thought I would share. Hopefully, they will offer a little sunshine into your day! As I didn’t plant a full-scale winter […]

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Learning about Raccoons

Learning about Raccoons

| December 15, 2014 | 4 Replies

I’ve been learning about raccoons this week. I had hired wildlife capture professionals Animal Capture Wildlife Control to humanely trap and relocate raccoons that have been digging in my garden since September. Three traps were set on December 9th. The first raccoon was caught and relocated two days later. Read about that in “The Connection Between June Bugs […]

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The Connection Between June Bugs & Raccoons

The Connection Between June Bugs & Raccoons

| December 11, 2014 | 4 Replies

The connection between June bugs & raccoons is grubs. Something has been digging up my garden since September. I was pretty sure it was a raccoon. Raccoons are omnivores (they eat food of plant or animal origin), very smart, and take every opportunity to look for food. They dig for grubs, then they wash their muddy hands […]

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Tribute to an Allotment and a Loving Father

Tribute to an Allotment and a Loving Father

| December 7, 2014 | 2 Replies

Tribute to an allotment and a loving father is “Save the Last Dance for Me” by English writer Dallas Dyson at http://crazytraintotinkytown.com/. I connected with Dallas when I first published Late Bloomer Show as a blog in 2012, and though many of my first WordPress followers disappeared when I converted my blog to a full-service website, Dallas […]

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Make the Most of the Rain Event, Plant!

Make the Most of the Rain Event, Plant!

| December 2, 2014 | 2 Replies

Make the most of the rain event, plant! I’d been rather ashamed that I hadn’t planted anything for a fall/winter garden. The wonderful garlic I harvested in June still sat in my kitchen, and, many packets of seeds waited, neatly filed in a box. I had made all manner of excuses, but the long and short of […]

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Nature Walk – Name that Fungus!

Nature Walk – Name that Fungus!

| November 29, 2014 | 2 Replies

Nature Walk – Name that Fungus! If you’ve been following “Late Bloomer” the last couple of weeks, you know I have fungi on the brain! (See my article “Fungi for Thanksgiving!”) I’m drinking mushroom tea, eating mushrooms, I ordered mushroom immune defense supplements, and I even tried to get a grocer at my market to give […]

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Fungi for Thanksgiving!

Fungi for Thanksgiving!

| November 25, 2014 | 2 Replies

Fungi for Thanksgiving! Beyond attempting to identify various fungi that pop up in the Late Bloomer garden, I haven’t bothered to learn much of anything about fungi in my three years of gardening (I am a late bloomer). But this Thanksgiving week, fungi are all I’m thinking about! I’ve been introduced to the scientific work of […]

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We Need All the Bees We Can Get

We Need All the Bees We Can Get

| November 22, 2014 | 6 Replies

“We need all the bees we can get,” a commercial beekeeper told me at the California State Beekeepers Association annual convention this week in Valencia, California. I had been invited by CSBA Ladies Auxiliary president Melinda Nelson, a beekeeper I’d met when I spoke at the Orange County Organic Gardening Club in May, to be the […]

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Maybe the Best Chicken Salad Ever!

Maybe the Best Chicken Salad Ever!

| November 14, 2014 | 2 Replies

“Maybe the best chicken salad ever,” I said to myself while polishing off two bowls for lunch. I’m am only a “20 minute cook” (if it takes more than 20 minutes to make, I leave those recipes to the experts!) so this salad fit my parameters. I rarely measure anything, so it’s hard to write […]

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