Category: Warm Season

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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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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Growing Peppers in Pots

Growing Peppers in Pots

| September 30, 2015 | 2 Replies

Growing Peppers in Pots, a new episode from the Late Bloomer Show. I had even more success growing peppers in 2015 than my first year success last year. This episode covers the pepper story from planting through August harvests. Please share with gardener friends and pepper lovers! ~ Sweet Pepper Varieties Grown this Year Sweet […]

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Pshaw, Cushaw!

Pshaw, Cushaw!

| September 25, 2015 | 8 Replies

Pshaw, Cushaw! I mean, it’s not the cushaw’s fault I’m a little impatient. Powdery mildew is laying claim to the cushaw vines (also known as green-striped squash) and even though I’ve sprayed each week, spots cover every leaf and stem. GRRRR. Update: see Growing Winter Squash Part 2, Kabocha & Cushaw. As you saw in […]

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100% Homegrown Soup

100% Homegrown Soup

| September 20, 2015 | 2 Replies

100% Homegrown Soup was dinner last night. I had returned late the night before from a week away and the refrigerator was empty, but the garden was full. Being a 20-minute cook, soup seemed the easiest dinner to make. This is the first time I’ve made soup entirely from my homegrown produce. ~ First, I […]

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August Harvest & Issues – 2 Episodes!

August Harvest & Issues – 2 Episodes!

| September 20, 2015 | Reply

August Harvest & Issues – 2 Episodes are the latest videos from Late Bloomer. From spaghetti squash and tomatoes in Part 1 to eggplant and tomatillo in Part 2, there’s loads to see on Late Bloomer. Each episode starts with a slideshow set to music: Part 1, everything that was blooming in August, Part 2, […]

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On the Road: Growing Loofah

On the Road: Growing Loofah

| September 20, 2015 | 9 Replies

Files from the Road: Growing Loofah, third in a series. Ask any five people (I did) and they will tell you they thought loofah sponge came from the sea. Sheri Martin Bulla grows loofah (also spelled luffa) for sponges on a strip of her 30-acre farm out in the country in Hickman County, Tennessee. I drove on […]

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