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Lovely, healing Sage

by White On Rice Couple Garden November 14, 2010
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Last week we made some baked acorn squash with our garden sage.

LOVE growing sage, it’s so earthy, healing and therapeutic. If we could and had the garden room, we’d grow tons of varieties of sage.

YES WE WOULD. Heart sage.

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More garden tomatoes in November

by White On Rice Couple Garden November 10, 2010
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When we thought we had picked the last tomatoes, these sun gold vines  proved us wrong. Today we changed over some of the vegetable plots to winter peas and greens. It was time to pull up these sun gold vines and they were still producing fruit in November!

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Carrot seeds sowed!

by White On Rice Couple Garden October 29, 2010
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The carrot seeds that we collected from last season are finally sowed! We’ve been so behind on gardening and the carrot seeds were beginning to sprout without the soil.

We’re looking forward to having some more fresh carrots in the next few months and if the rain continues, we’ll have an even better crop.

Excited. Hungry. Garden Carrots.

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Garden Bouquets

by White On Rice Couple Garden October 3, 2010
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I love making garden bouquets from fresh herb and vegetable flowers. The process of strolling the garden with clippers in hand is my form of meditation.

My previous posts are here on Garden Bouquets and Blue Mason Jar Vases.

-diane

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Figs off the tree

by White On Rice Couple Garden August 23, 2010
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We just picked a basket of figs off the tree. They’re super messy and duper sweet. And they’re for Adam. The Duke.

If Adam doesn’t come over and eat them all, then we’ll be making fig newtons. Homemade!

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Heirloom Kentucky Beefsteak Tomatoes

by White On Rice Couple Garden August 20, 2010
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Wow! these kentucky beefsteak tomatoes are fabulous! They’re huge, heavy, juicy and sweet.

We amazed at how silky they are, so little seeds and so meaty. These are the best beefsteak tomatoes we’ve ever had and they’re definitely on our list to grow for next year.

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Too many tomatoes- what to call this dish?

by White On Rice Couple Garden August 17, 2010
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We have tomato monsters now. There can never be too many tomatoes, but we can definitely run out of names to call the dishes that we create with them.

Last week we finished a batch of sun dried tomatoes (literally. sun. dried), tomato sauce, tomato paste and tomato everything. Pretty much.

Here’a a quick shot of tonights dinner. We kind of put it together with some left over cobbler dough, basil and san marzano tomatoes from the garden.

We’ll be writing about it soon, but »

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Oh Figs

by White On Rice Couple Garden August 12, 2010
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This Summer has been quite mild in Southern California and heat loving fruits are waiting for that temperature surge!

The figs are slow to sweeten up and it’s probably due to the cooler days. Every morning we pay a visit to our gorgeous fig tree, hoping the squirrels didn’t beat us to any ripe fruit. The figs are developing beautifully, but only a few are ripe and ready to eat.

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Buddhas hand for a friend

by White On Rice Couple Garden August 4, 2010
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Our buddhas hand tree is doing well this year, much better than last year. The roots are finally settling in and we’re expecting to have at least 10 fruits!

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Lemongrass- perfect edible landscape

by White On Rice Couple Garden July 20, 2010
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3 stages of lemongrass: whole, slivered, fine mince

Beware, lemongrass can be like a noxious weed if it’s not controlled. But growing lemongrass in a pot is an easy and beautiful landscaping choice, as well as ideal ingredient for the home cook!

We’re preparing a fresh lemongrass marinade for some grilled beef and maybe some homemade curry paste. Yummm…

controlling lemongrass out of some of our garden pots

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Welcome home meal

by White On Rice Couple Garden July 9, 2010
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fresh tomatoes and oregano for salad

The plane landed, we made it home to two happy dogs waiting with toys in mouth and the garden veggies that grew an extra 2 inches while we were away.

The best welcome home treat was seeing the dog tails wagging and a garden lunch waiting to be picked.

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Calling out for peach recipes

by White On Rice Couple Garden July 5, 2010
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We just picked a basket full of white peaches from the garden and need some recipe ideas! Got a good one? would love to know, just leave a link.

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First big batch of heirloom tomatoes

by White On Rice Couple Garden July 3, 2010
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Weee!! We’ve been collecting the seasons first huge batch of tomatoes.

The good news is that only 2 heirlooms died of the 20 that we planted. So far, so better of a record than last year. Looking at a vigorous and healthy brandywine tomato is a great sign that we’ll have a bumper crop of these huge tomatoes. The last 3 years have been a struggle for us when it came to growing heirlooms.

Once we stop eating all the tomatoes, we’ll write up a »

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Wine barrel seedlings

by White On Rice Couple Garden June 9, 2010
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lettuce and mustard seedlings getting huge! mustard seeds are flowering

The seedlings are doing well! It’s been a few days since we walked the garden and being away for work had us really missing the morning strolls and weedings.

Today we checked on the status of our seedlings and they’re huge! It’s time to transplant them to more open space  and let them stretch their roots.

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Huntington Library Rose Garden Glory

by White On Rice Couple Garden May 19, 2010
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Today’s visit to Huntington Library Gardens was the most visually stunning ever! On previous visits, we either missed all the rose blooms or visited too early.

But today, we were lucky enough to catch the rose garden in it’s peak, with every single rose bush in blooming glory!

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Victory Garden Classes – led by Master Gardeners

by White On Rice Couple Garden March 16, 2010
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Most regular readers know we love our Victory Garden. If you are little unsure of how to create your own or want some great tips and ideas, the University of California’s Cooperative Extension is offer Victory Garden classes in 11 locations throughout southern California.  Here’s  an excerpt from their site:

The Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative helps new gardeners start their own gardens quickly and easily in a container, in the backyard or at a community garden.  The initiative brings together local families and »

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Rancho La Puerta Foundation & The Rain Women’s Organic Garden

by White On Rice Couple Garden February 7, 2010
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One of the most emotional moments I had during my social media retreat at Rancho La Puerta spa was watching little children playing happily in a make shift play ground along the Tecate, Mexico river. The old swing-sets were rusted, but still working. The old car tires that were floating in the river of trash, have now provided make-shift steps, leading the young to their tarnished seasaw. The children are able to have a retreat of their own, aside a flourishing organic garden because of »

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Rancho La Puerta gardens

by White On Rice Couple Garden February 3, 2010
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Walking through the garden grounds of Rancho La Puerta Spa and Resort is a stroll back in time. The raw simplicity, native vegetation and beauty of  the regions natural species are abundant throughout the property.  Even though non-native plants can be found popping up in different planters and hillsides, the majority of the gardens maintain the integrity of what grew there before it was settled by the founders of of Rancho La Puerta.

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Radishes & peach blossoms are a sign of spring in So Cal !

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 27, 2010
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first tender radishes of the season

The itty bitty radishes are starting to firm up and take hold in the garden. Everytime the seedlings sprout up and start to dot the vegetable plots with their delicate leaves, we know Spring is lurking around the corner.

Brilliantly colored radishes not only tell us that the weather is beginning to warm up, but that it’s time to indulge in radish green salads. Growing garden radishes means that there will be plenty of tender and delicious radish greens »

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New raised vegetable garden planters

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 17, 2010
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New raised garden beds with new seedings

Over the last couple years some of our vegetable plots have started to struggle. Initially we heavily amended our suffocating clay soil and were able to get some initial herb plantings to take off.  Each spring we continued to amend and soften the soil and attempted to expand our cultivating repertoire to include various veggies. They did ok, but “thriving” wasn’t a term we’d use to describe them.  The heavy soil was more than what the plants wanted to deal with.

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