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.
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!
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. […]
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
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!
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]