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Morning Impressions with Monarchs

Morning Impressions with Monarchs

| October 21, 2014 | Reply

Morning impressions with monarchs began my day. I spotted a pineapple guava yesterday and thought this morning it would look nice when the first rays of sun kissed it. As I was photographing it, just after the sun rose past my neighbor’s tree, I remarked (to myself) that I hadn’t seen many Monarch caterpillars, considering that […]

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October Blooms both Ethereal and Lusty

October Blooms both Ethereal and Lusty

| October 4, 2014 | 2 Replies

October blooms both ethereal and lusty grace my garden this first week of October, and feed Monarchs, other butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. I thought I’d take a close look around, now that the summer garden is mostly finished, and see what’s blooming and providing pollen for the pollinators. After the huge squash blooms of summer […]

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Heatwave Pushes Summer Veggies into Fall

Heatwave Pushes Summer Veggies into Fall

| September 24, 2014 | Reply

The only advantage of our recent heatwave, it pushes summer veggies into fall. I thought I would return from Tennessee and my garden would be burnt to a crisp in the record heatwave of mid-September. Rather, my summer veggies got a boost from the 90+° heat. After pulling all but one tomato vine, the very prolific red cherry […]

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Bonnie is so Bonny: No Neonics!

Bonnie is so Bonny: No Neonics!

| September 9, 2014 | Reply

Bonnie is so bonny: No Neonics! When you go to a nursery to buy plants, do you ever imagine what goes into the effort of getting those plants on the shelves? Last March, I found out when I visited a Bonnie Plants regional nursery. On a cold, grey, snow-threatening day, my brother and sister-in-law were showing my […]

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My Tomato Cooking, or How I Avoided Canning

My Tomato Cooking, or How I Avoided Canning

| September 5, 2014 | Reply

My tomato cooking, or how I got around the canning thing, is, well, I cheated. You can’t cheat with canning, I know, I know. That’s why I’ve been procrastinating learning to can since I started growing food in my Los Angeles front yard three years ago! After a 42 pound tomato harvest two days ago, I was […]

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My Experience Growing True Comfrey

My Experience Growing True Comfrey

| August 16, 2014 | Reply

My experience growing True Comfrey has been checkered. Last year, I was perusing the Horizon Herbs website, and became determined to buy a live root of something fabulous. I read about True Comfrey and it had so many positive health benefits, I settled on that. Plus this line really caught my eye. Herbaceous perennial native to Europe. […]

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Southern Fried Okra, SoCal Style!

Southern Fried Okra, SoCal Style!

| August 8, 2014 | Reply

Southern Fried Okra, SoCal Style! I planted okra seed in May, but it got overshadowed by squash leaves, so I bought nursery plants in late June and just yesterday harvested a handful of okra. Growing up in the South, we always had fresh-frozen okra in the freezer from my grandmother’s garden in Alabama. Mother would fry […]

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Brown Widows for Breakfast?

Brown Widows for Breakfast?

| August 2, 2014 | Reply

Brown Widows for Breakfast? As I contemplated the hunger pangs in my stomach yearning for a late breakfast, and armed with encouragement from online gardeners +Learn to Grow, +CragfireGardening, +Double Dog Farm +Cheryl Krause and others, and a can of Raid®, I ventured out to face the enemy, a spider. Late yesterday, my new, young garden helper […]

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My Easy Ratatouille!

My Easy Ratatouille!

| July 25, 2014 | 10 Replies

My easy ratatouille! That’s what hit me when I studied my early morning harvest of Squash Lemon, Ping Tung Long eggplant, green beans, and tomatoes. I added a leek, garlic cloves (see my Growing Garlic episode of “Late Bloomer”), and purple basil, all of which I grew in my garden. In the mid-1970’s on a trip to California, I […]

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Make it a Learning Experience

Make it a Learning Experience

| July 16, 2014 | Reply

Make it a learning experience is my motto. That’s how I approach every encounter in my garden. From neighbors walking by who want to learn, or have something to teach me, to encountering pests and issues, I’m always on the lookout to absorb or share. I was up late working on a new episode of “Late Bloomer,” and […]

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