Category: Vegetables

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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Ugly is Beautiful, Tomatoes

Ugly is Beautiful, Tomatoes

| August 17, 2016 | Reply

Ugly is Beautiful Tomatoes. There’s a been a rash of articles in the press of late about the staggering amount of food waste in this country. Most often it’s discarded because it’s not deemed to be beautiful, or fit the ideal of a certain vegetable or fruit, while people go hungry. One of my Indigo […]

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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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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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Greens Too Pretty To Eat

Greens Too Pretty To Eat

| March 4, 2016 | 4 Replies

My Greens are too pretty to eat. I have a confession. I don’t eat many of the greens that I grow, which is crazy, I know! I adore watching them grow and just when they are at their peak of beauty is the time to whip up a tasty dressing and make a salad. And I […]

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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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Growing Garlic – Here we go again!

Growing Garlic – Here we go again!

| December 3, 2015 | Reply

Growing Garlic – Here we go again! I had such success my first time growing garlic, I was encouraged to do it again. See my Growing Garlic episode from 2014 for planting directions! In early November, I planted bulbs of Inchellium Red and California Early soft neck garlic. Of course, I didn’t mark which was which, but […]

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Mob Grazing in Tennessee

Mob Grazing in Tennessee

| November 10, 2015 | Reply

Mob Grazing in Tennessee, the latest episode of Late Bloomer, includes an interview with cattleman Lee McCormick at his 4000 acre ranch in Pinewood Tennessee. With additional photography by Heather Muro @MuroPhoto, original music, and wait for the bloopers! Don’t forget to subscribe! Lee details how mob grazing all over the planet could correct its carbon […]

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Supreme Scarlet Emperor Beans

Supreme Scarlet Emperor Beans

| October 5, 2015 | 2 Replies

Supreme Scarlet Emperor Beans – My story with these lavender and deep purple, graphically complex beans began last year when a garden friend sent me a packet. This friend happens to have five acres in the San Juan Islands to grow a garden as he pleases (where I have to cram everything into about 300 square […]

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