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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


Fresh Pumpkin Soup With Sausage

Fresh Pumpkin Soup With Sausage & Cream

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. […]

Fall Means Changes in the Garden

Japanese Maples are Turning Colors

"Tillie" the Labradoodle and Planter Boxes

For the last month or two I’ve been in maintenance mode in my garden. Lots of deadheading and watering. Inspiration for new planting has eluded me. Most likely this is because, according to official data, we got only four sunny days here in Cambria, in all of July […]

Growing a Giant Pumpkin? Maybe!

Unusual pumpkin-Could it be a giant?

Unusual pumpkin-Could it be a giant?

Pumpkins are not supposed to do well in cool weather. But mine are going crazy this year. One of them is a variety that I don’t recognize. Could one of my saved seeds have gotten mixed up in my seed box? Could I have planted a “giant pumpkin” […]

Growing Pumpkins in a Cool Climate

Pumpkins are Turning in Late August

Pumpkins are Turning in Late August

What a strange coastal summer we’ve had. It has been exceptionally cool with overcast in the mornings and breezy sunshine in the afternoons. The hens in the henhouse (see Backyard Hencam) have been happy and laying like crazy but my garden languishes; except for the summer squash and […]

Kale – Easy to Grow and Eat


Freshly picked red kale

You’d think I’d learn my lesson. Every spring I plant “mesclun” (pronounced mess-cloon). Mesclun is a mixture of lettuces and tender greens for use in salads. They do really well in our cool coastal climate and give me a variety of greens. Most mesclun seed packages contain the seeds of […]

Growing Raspberries the Easy Way

Ripe Raspberries

Ripe Raspberries

We’re having such fun with our raspberries this year. They loved all the winter rains and we’re getting a good crop. I’ve even gotten enough to make sauces and jam. Our cool coast is the idea climate for these sweet, flavorful, ruby-red berries.

Five years ago we had the offer from a […]

Growing Olallieberries Along the Coast

Olallieberries hanging on the vine.

Olallieberries hanging on the vine.

I love surprises in the garden. One of them this year has been the appearance of ollalieberries hanging from our two vines. The olallieberry is a biennial, meaning that the berries we are getting this year are from vines that grew last year along wires we strung from one […]

Tendergreen and Japanese Purple Mustard Growing

Japanese and Komatsuna mustard after thinning.

Japanese and Komatsuna mustard after thinning.

My Komatsuna tendergreen and Japanese Purple Mustard is growing. It has been kind of limping along because our weather has been so cool. I’ve thinned it out and made a wonderful salad with a light oriental dressing. Those tiny tender leaves sell for over $15.00 a pound here. […]

Growing and Harvesting Artichokes

Artichokes washed and ready to cook.

Artichokes ready to harvest.

We got a real “mother load” of artichokes this year. Maybe it was all the rain. Maybe it was a fact that these plants are now two years old, mature enough to have high yields. Whatever the reason, our artichoke plants soared to five feet in height and have born […]

A Scandinavian Christmas Feast

Sliced Beets Ready for Marinade

My family is of Scottish descent and my husband’s family is Norwegian. Given the choice between Scottish cuisine and Scandinavian, the Scandies win hands down. Many years ago, I had a Danish friend who kindly offered (because she was homesick for her family) to teach me how to put on a Danish Christmas. The combination […]