Artichokes are easy to grow, easy to harvest, and easy to cook. […]
A “bumper crop” of pumpkins means examinating ways to use them. Preparing pumpkins to be cooked is essential. One way of preparing pumpkins is baking them in halves or cube and roast in the oven. Cooked pumpkin can then be frozen or dehydrated. […]
As it turns out, tendergreen mustard spinach, also referred to as “Japanese mustard spinach” and “komatsuna”, is actually not a spinach but in the Brassica family. In most of California, komatsuna can be grown year-around. This means you always have at hand, flavorful fresh greens to add to your salads. […]
Lemon and lime trees need to be fed on a regular basis. If they do not have proper nutrients, their leaves change, giving the gardener an indication of what the soil is lacking and what nutrient is needed. Compost is a long-lasting fertilizer that will will provide nutrients for months. Check the UC Davis Website for pictures of distressed leaves of citrus trees needing nutrients. […]
There is a solution for storing ripe avocados so that you can eat them in daily salads or save them for guacamole when you have the inclination. […]
Fuju Persimmon and Spinach Salad
We can’t grow persimmons along the coast. We don’t have enough chill hours in the winter to set the blossoms, and heat in the summer to ripen them. But I have a few friends that bring them to me because I love them. There are two varieties that are […]
Pepinos growing on a plant.
“It’s a pepino plant,” she announced. “A sweet cucumber,” My neighbor handed me a tiny 4-inch cutting she had started in a 4” pot. I wasn’t sure how grateful I was but I’m always willing to give a plant a try. It took some research, and a year of […]
A Small Vegetable Bed for a Small Family
It’s decision time for most of us on the Central Coast. We need to plan what and how many vegetable seeds to plant. I’ve simplified my planting over the years. I’m not into preserving like I used to be. Our offspring are grown and […]
Stems of rhubarb are edible
I’m looking around my garden to see what needs to be done, what worked this past year, and what didn’t. The rhubarb looks really healthy and I’ve harvested it for months. What works for me, may just work for you.
January is a perfect time of year for planting […]
Fresh Pumpkin Soup With Sausage & Cream
I had lots of beautiful pumpkins this year and we intend to eat every one of them! Cooked fresh pumpkin is a real treat; for chickens, dogs, and people. I’ve been told that to settle a dog’s upset stomach, give them a few spoonfuls of cooked pumpkin. […]