Archive for January, 2016

Jerusalem Artichoke Success!

Jerusalem Artichoke Success!

| January 22, 2016 | Reply

I found Jerusalem Artichoke Success! Check out Growing Jerusalem Artichokes, the new episode of Late Bloomer! When I planted Jerusalem artichokes last year, I never imagined I would be making an episode about the experience. But recently, I realized I should! It gave me an opportunity to plug two of my favorite gardeners: Patrick Dolan at One Yard Revolution who […]

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Butternut Squash and Pear Bread

Butternut Squash and Pear Bread

| January 8, 2016 | 2 Replies

This butternut squash and pear bread may be the best bread I’ve ever made. It’s so hard to get bread just right, moist, but done in the middle, and brown on top but not too done. Today I nailed it! I love the flavor of almond extract and the pear gives squash bread a lift! Butternut […]

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When it Rains, it Pours

When it Rains, it Pours

| January 8, 2016 | 2 Replies

When it rains, it pours. I mean that literally and figuratively. We seriously got dumped on from the skies of El Nino on Tuesday and Wednesday. And my water vessels were already full. As the rain came down here and blessed Southern California, an old friend in Tennessee was taking flight, after a few years of […]

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Planting Seeds in the Rain of El Nino

Planting Seeds in the Rain of El Nino

| January 5, 2016 | Reply

I found myself planting seeds in the rain of El Nino today during our first rain event. If you’ve been following California weather, you know we are supposed to get extreme weather during this winter’s El Nino. Only a drought-weary gardener ventures out with a bad cold to plant seeds in the rain. It wasn’t planned. It was […]

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Chili Recipe with Scarlet Runner Beans

Chili Recipe with Scarlet Runner Beans

| January 2, 2016 | Reply

I didn’t have black-eyed peas for New Year’s, but I made this homemade chili recipe with scarlet runner beans. I managed to grow only enough scarlet runner beans or Scarlet Emperor Beans for two pots of chili. I also finished off my last two pints of homegrown canned tomatoes. It will be a long, dry spell before […]

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Gardening as Therapy on New Year’s Day

Gardening as Therapy on New Year’s Day

| January 2, 2016 | 6 Replies

I tried gardening as therapy on New Year’s Day. I don’t know about you, but times have been tough of late, and the best way I know to feel better is to get in the garden, which you can do in Southern California in winter! My husband took a rare day from his work to lend […]

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