Exploring Skirret and Perennial Vegetables

Exploring Skirret and Perennial Vegetables

After a couple of seasons of being a lesser vegetable gardener than I once was, I have finally come to…

Show Me A Movement – Michelle Obama’s Surprise Visit to My Garden

Show Me A Movement – Michelle Obama’s Surprise Visit to My Garden

I am very excited to welcome a guest here today. Linda Bilsens is the Community Composting Manager at the Institute for Local…

Move-over Strawberries… I Need Room

Move-over Strawberries… I Need Room

The vegetable garden is getting a makeover this year. I am filled with spring energy and can’t wait to make a…

Trending: Garden Based Natural Food Coloring

Trending: Garden Based Natural Food Coloring

We’ve made Easter eggs with onion skins, cabbage and turmeric and I’ve always found the warm muted earthy tones more appealing than…

Water-balloon Mushroom Fruits and The Tao of Terrior (Part 1 & Part 2)

Water-balloon Mushroom Fruits and The Tao of Terrior (Part 1 & Part 2)

A mushroom is really just the fruit of a giant mycorrhizal (probably perennial) organism that lives underground. I learned that…

Really Great Heirloom Seed Companies  (for USA and Canada)

Really Great Heirloom Seed Companies (for USA and Canada)

by Dave Ledoux Most gardeners just buy their seeds willy-nilly at the big box stores. But you and I are different,…

How To Pick Strawberries

How To Pick Strawberries

When you have picked as many vats of strawberries as we have (this year is just unbelievable!) you find there…

The Best Thing to Do in A Strawberry Situation

The Best Thing to Do in A Strawberry Situation

This is a post for anyone who is drowning in red berry abundance. I’m going to throw you a life…

Growing Barberries for Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes

Growing Barberries for Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes

If you are anything like me, food and home cooking featured strongly in your activities last weekend (it was a holiday…

Growing Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary & Sage Indoors

Growing Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary & Sage Indoors

Are you an early spring indoor seed starter? I am not. Not that I wouldn’t like to be, but frankly…

Traffic Stopping Kale

Traffic Stopping Kale

From this title, “Traffic Stopping Kale,” you may be imagining a major traffic incident in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara…

We had a party….

We had a party….

At this stage in my life, party recovery takes a long time.  It is a sad state of affairs, but…

Gilding Lilies, Golden Strawberries & Silver Blueberries

Gilding Lilies, Golden Strawberries & Silver Blueberries

Last week I held an early little holiday preview party with Lowes (who sponsors a monthly column on this website)…

Mortgage Lifter Tomato

Mortgage Lifter Tomato

Have you noticed that vegetable gardening is hip again? I love this trend that Americans of all ages are experimenting…

IMHO: The Best Raised Garden Beds

IMHO: The Best Raised Garden Beds

I thought I would revisit an old post today.  Originally written back in 2008 when I first started this blog…

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

The closer we get to spring, the more I am longing for some bright light. Yesterday, as the kids were…

A Winter Herb Garden

A Winter Herb Garden

Is the cold getting to you?  I have to admit I was ok with it until I came home from…

The Mushroom Shot

The Mushroom Shot

Have you ever come across an image whose contents elicit a whole host of mental questions? I’m still sourcing images…

Rose Hips (and the Roses they Go With)

Rose Hips (and the Roses they Go With)

I know I’ve shared with you my general ambivalence towards roses.  But I am softening – a little – primarily…

A Natural Kitchen

A Natural Kitchen

Cold, flu and winter allergy season has already started in our house.  When the heat came on a few weeks…

Making Sloe Gin

Making Sloe Gin

This is one of those crazy weeks and for some reason I feel compelled to pile it on.  Today I…

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