Time and Temp


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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


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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]