Happy belated Earth Day. Here’s an invitation to our garden in Spring. Welcome to our green sanctuary.

 

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Fresh Peas & Mint- Signs of Spring & Garden changes

by White on Rice Couple April 14, 2010

What were once green, sprawling serpents have now reached  the peak of their pod-producing craze. The sugar-snap and snow peas have slowed down considerably and finally, we were able to keep up with them. Every morning for the past 2 months we had an espresso in one hand and went out to breakfast on the pea pods. We felt like grasshoppers grazing on all the pea tendrils and vines.

The fresh crunch and sweetness of all the pea pods was great, but after 2 months of »

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Kentucky Sidecar Cocktail- Cheers to tangerines!

by White on Rice Couple April 3, 2010
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After reaching a triple dozen fruit trees in the garden, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  So many wonderful fruits and ensuing cocktails (among other things) have delighted the senses.  Yet there is one tree which brings particular pride to the WORC household. Our Algerian Tangerine tree (also known as the Clementine).

Upon first planting,the Algerian Tangerine which graces our garden was a scrawny “Charlie Brown” twig.   Paltry and sad, we merely hoped for its survival. Then a couple of years ago, it »

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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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Shrimp Stir Fry with Sugar Snap Peas – Snow & Sugar Pea Garden Monster – Jamie Oliver cookbook

by White on Rice Couple March 15, 2010

There’s an uncontrollable beast on the North end of the garden and it actually comes in two forms: sugar snap peas and snow peas. Our spring peas are like serpants, clinging to everything they can get their tendrils on. Once they latch on, pea flowers shoot out and within 3-4 days, we have fresh peas to munch on. As a matter of fact, the warm sun is encouraging way more pea growth than we can ever imagine so it’s snow pea and sweet pea recipe »

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Classic Blood Orange Margarita

by White on Rice Couple March 4, 2010
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This is why we love late Winter/early Spring in southern California—–> Blood Oranges! It’s blood orange recipe season and our trees dropping their fruit is our signal that it’s time to eat or drink those precious blood oranges or else lose the precious stash to the squirrels. Oh, those darn squirrels love our citrus and we’ll be damned if they get a hold of all those blood oranges before we do. It’s time to drink!

We’ve succomb to the fact that our garden will never »

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Beet Greens and Goat Cheese Crostini- Eat your greens

by White on Rice Couple February 25, 2010

Our biggest apologies to all you friends who are still frozen under snow or drenched with rain. This post isn’t to gloat about our wonderful sunshine and blue skies, but rather, it’s about reminding you to enjoy eating your beet greens. Although, it doesn’t hurt to brag about our warm weather to you all cause it could warm-up you cold weather folks a bit! (but if you’re an outstanding tele-skier like Jen Yu, then you’ll want to be buried under snow!)

When spring arrives (like »

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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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Meyer Lemon Bars

by White on Rice Couple February 5, 2010
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We’ve been on a bit of a Meyer Lemon kick lately. First we had the Meyer Lemon Margaritas and now we’re inundating everyone with a Meyer lemon bar recipe.

“What the hell?”  you may ask.  “Are these bastards just out to torture the population still stuck in the snow?”

We can be a bit bratty, but the main reason behind all of the Meyer lemon recipes is that our tree is laden and we’ve let the fruit sit to the point where they are all »

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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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Meyer Lemon Margarita

by White on Rice Couple January 29, 2010
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I have a little confession.  I didn’t used to be very fond of Meyer Lemons.  In fact, a scratch and sniff of a Meyer lemon rind rekindled memories of small stink bugs that gathered in mini-swarms during the warm summer months on ranch where I first teethed.

The bugs were small and innocent, yet when threatened they’d release a malodorous spray in the vicinity of any foe. Stumble upon a swarm of these little buggers and I’d be dancing about like a pinball trying not »

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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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Lemon tree for Container Gardening

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 5, 2010
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Update: Visit our latest citrus joy: Kishu Mandarin Tree !

After a visit to Sorrento Italy in April of 2000, we were immediately smitten with all the wonderful lemon trees adorning the Italian coastline. All throughout Amalfi and Sorrento we saw gorgeous scenes of Sorrento lemon trees in terra cotta pots adorning house fronts, store fronts and cobblestone alley ways.

We knew right there and then we wanted something equally picturesque in our backyard. So, we planted a lemon tree in a container!

We really »

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Grow Kale as an edible and ornamental

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 3, 2010
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Kale is often a forgotten green on both the dinner table and garden. Just one packet of kale seeds will provide enough kale to supply you till late spring!

In warm weather regions starting kale is perfect now, just in time for spring. For colder regions, begin sowing your seeds as soon as spring begins or when the weather begins to warm. You’ll be pleased with beauty of kale growing in your garden. Not only are kale wonderful edibles, but they make for equally beautiful »

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Life on The Balcony Blog Container Gardening Event

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 2, 2010
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If you haven’t already discovered Fern Richardson’s fantastic blog, then you’ll be in for a fabulous treat.»

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Kabosu Citrus – Japanese lemons

by White On Rice Couple Garden December 6, 2009
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Reiko, our lovely Japanese friend, brought over a huge bag of Japanese lemons and obviously, we were thrilled to get so many precious Japanese lemon fruits!!

She called them Yuzu’s, a Japanese variety of lemon/citron. But after a closer look, taste, and examination, they look more like Japanese Kabosu. Kabosu and Yuzu are both very similar, with slight differences in flavor and texture.

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Yuzu Citrus – Japanese Citron Lemon

by White On Rice Couple Garden December 4, 2009
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Yuzu is a Japanese citrus lemon that is valued for it’s highly aromatic rind. Because the yuzu is considered a citron, the juice is very minimal, thus often expensive.  Outside of a few Asian cuisines and particularly in Japanese cultural circles, yuzu is seldom grown or used because it’s rather rare.

Used in both green and more ripe, yellow forms, Yuzu is one of the few citrus in the world that is able to maintain it’s tart/sourness at high cooking temperatures.

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Persimmon Tree’s Overwatering & loss of fruit/flower

by White On Rice Couple Garden December 1, 2009
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Our persimmon tree is on it’s last batch. With about 1o huge fuyu persimmons left on the tree, we’re taking our time and savoring every single fruit.

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Dried Chili Peppers – Can’t keep up with hot explosion

by White On Rice Couple Garden November 29, 2009
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It’s always in October – December that our chili peppers explode with pods. Unfortunately, they get neglected too because we’re so busy at work.

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