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We have fresh raspberries!

We have fresh raspberries!

Friends, the news is huge. We’re on the edge on of our garden seats, trying not bear too much excitement because unless you’re in Costal Southern California, you would never understand. Yes, the photographs are proof….we can finally grow raspberries.

Unless you’re a huge lover of raspberries, or a Southern California gardener who has struggled with growing berries of any kind, this might be a *yawn* post for you. Please, bear with us with our little celebratory dance because we’ve been dreaming of growing successful »

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Early Spring

Early Spring

Indeed, Spring has arrived in beautiful Southern California.

Regardless of how many lettuce and radish sprouts that mushroom in their plots, it doesn’t feel exactly like spring until the cherry and peach blossoms stretch their petals.»

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When Life Hands You Lemons

When Life Hands You Lemons

How do you finish the classic quote “When Life Hands You Lemons” ?

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Persimmon Poem

Persimmon Poem

Hoping you weren’t expecting an original poem here. We’re not exactly poets. But have on occasion have been found to scribble random thoughts in prose, some of which had rhyme, some had reason and occasional nonsense.

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Lovely, healing Sage

Lovely, healing Sage

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

More garden tomatoes in November

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!

Carrot seeds sowed!

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

Garden Bouquets

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

Figs off the tree

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

Heirloom Kentucky Beefsteak Tomatoes

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?

Too many tomatoes- what to call this dish?

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

Oh Figs

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

Buddhas hand for a friend

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

Lemongrass- perfect edible landscape

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

Welcome home meal

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

Calling out for peach recipes

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

First big batch of heirloom tomatoes

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

Wine barrel seedlings

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

Huntington Library Rose Garden Glory

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

Victory Garden Classes – led by Master Gardeners

 

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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