Category: Urban Gardening

Enough Rain Already!

Enough Rain Already!

| January 12, 2017 | 7 Replies

Enough Rain Already! Did I just say that? It’s been raining for days, weeks now. This “atmospheric river” hitting California has been unrelenting. And it’s pouring now. Pouring! After eight years of drought, I know I can’t complain, but this is ridiculous! In fact, it was reported yesterday that severely depleted reservoirs in California are filling […]

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Greg Peterson at The Urban Farm

Greg Peterson at The Urban Farm

| November 18, 2016 | Reply

Greg Peterson at The Urban Farm has been growing food in his yard in Phoenix for 41 years, and has become a local legend and internationally recognized. Check out my interview with Greg and visit to his farm in November. Greg has influenced hundreds, if not thousands, of people to grow their own food in […]

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My Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe

My Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe

| September 11, 2016 | Reply

My Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe, or I should say, the one I have used for years, comes from Vegetarian Gourmet Cookery by Alan Hooker, who developed the recipes over a number of years at the legendary Ranch House Restaurant in Ojai, California. I vary the recipe in this way: I don’t use sugar, my tomatoes […]

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One More Week and It’ll Be Perfect

One More Week and It’ll Be Perfect

| August 10, 2016 | Reply

“One more week and it’ll be perfect,” has been my daily mantra for a month. The truth is, the peak already happened and we are on the downslope of summer. My goal this year was to be the biggest, most diverse garden yet, and I kept plugging in more seeds when one batch of beans or squash played […]

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Growing Loofah, or Luffa, a Race to the Top

Growing Loofah, or Luffa, a Race to the Top

| July 6, 2016 | 3 Replies

Growing loufah, or luffa, has a been a race to the top. The huge trellis between our garage and studio has been empty since I was forced to remove our 30 year-old wisteria vine last November. The massive trunk of the wisteria had moved the garage wall three inches and it was time to go. […]

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An Hour a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

An Hour a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

| June 20, 2016 | 2 Replies

An hour a day keeps the doctor away. That phrase kept going through my head this morning as I did my morning ritual of checking the garden. Sometimes that hour makes the difference in my mental health for the day. I felt so much happier when I came in. And I know eating fresh food from […]

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Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

| June 17, 2016 | 2 Replies

From the sublime to the worrisome, my garden on Sunday represented the calm before the storm. Full slideshow on Google+. My early morning garden vigil revealed the beginning of harvests to come, as well as problems. I’ve been spraying lemon cucumbers and tomato plants for weeks with milk and baking soda, trying to prevent and beat […]

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Voile on Brassicas and Cushaw Recipe

Voile on Brassicas and Cushaw Recipe

| April 19, 2016 | 2 Replies

Voile on Brassicas and Cushaw Recipe in the latest Late Bloomer! Kaye reveals her new trapezoid raised bed, uses voile instead of garden cloth on brassicas to protect against cabbage moths laying eggs, and shares Mee Tracy McCormick’s cushaw squash recipe for Cushaw Cashew Bisque. See Mee’s segment on More at Mid-day WSMV, Nashville, TN, […]

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End of Winter Stew

End of Winter Stew

| April 16, 2016 | 2 Replies

The lightness of this End of Winter Stew I improvised two nights ago felt like the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It had to do with the beets! Click photo to view and Like on Instagram! Of course, spring is a virtually a misnomer in Southern California. We had heat waves in […]

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Winter Garden and StoneMalas Fundraiser!

Winter Garden and StoneMalas Fundraiser!

| March 29, 2016 | Reply

My latest episode covers the winter garden and StoneMalas fundraiser for Late Bloomer! Please watch, like and share! Winter Garden: Cover Crop, Worm Towers, StoneMalas is the latest offering from Late Bloomer Show. See how Kaye used cover crops to build nitrogen in raised beds and installed worm towers to increase worm activity. Planting cover crops is […]

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