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• African daisies
• California Poppy
• Calendula
• Calla Lily
• Narcissus
• Lavander
• Ivy geranium
• Mexican Sage
• Pride of Madera
• Lantana
• Society garlic
• Wild geranium


• Baby arugula
• Onion and garlic greens
• Thyme
• Rhubarb
• Parsley
• Strawberries


May in a Cambria Garden

There is still lots to do in coastal gardens. Fertilizing, mulching, planting, etc.. You’ll begin harvesting greens while planting tomatoes, and pinching back basil and herbs. […]

Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking Artichokes

An artichoke ready to serve.

Artichokes are easy to grow, easy to harvest, and easy to cook. […]

Preparing fresh pumpkins after a “bumper crop”

Bake pumpkins in the oven then scoop out contents.

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. […]

Japanese Tendergreen Mustard Spinach “Komatsuna”

Gathering large mature leaves of Komatsuma for salad or soups.

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. […]

Feeding a Citrus Tree

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. […]

Storing Avocados for Later Use

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. […]

Persimmon Salad with Spinach and Pecans


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 […]

Pepino – Unique and Tasty

Pepinos growing on a plant.

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 […]

How Many Vegetables Do I Need to Plant?

A Small Vegetable Bed for a Small Family

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 […]

Growing Rhubarb Along the Coast

Stems of rhubarb are edible

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 […]