In the Fall Vegetable Garden

  Although here in Southern California there aren’t many place where we get frost some places away from the beach will get a light frost and towards the mountains an…

Gazpacho Couscous Salad

A perfect summer salad that you can make ahead; it actually is better the next day! An easy ‘from the pantry’ salad, adjust ingredients to what you have on hand,…

Green Beans, Bacon and Caramelized Shallots

Grow a Second Crop of Green Beans In Southern California we are lucky enough to grow a fall crop of beans. With warm days still ahead the beans will sprout…

Tomato Overload

There are many ways to save your harvest and if you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with here are some ideas.   First and foremost is…

Growing Pumpkins

The first couple of weeks in June is the perfect time to get in a crop of any gourd or squash for fall harvest. This will give your heirloom pumpkins…

Container Herb Gardens

I know some of you aren’t gardeners but like to have some fresh herbs around for creative cooking. Now you can buy herbs in the market and remove some of…

Tips on Growing Tomatoes

How To Grow Great Tomato Plants   Buy transplants Purchase healthy, stocky plants that have no flowers, fruits or buds Choose a sunny location, rotate planting beds every year Plant…

Growing Spring & Fall Peas

Growing Spring and Fall Peas There are several types of peas that you can grow in the spring or late fall garden. Tall vining types or short bush ones that…

It’s Easy to Grow Potatoes!

Choose organic seed potatoes, don’t plant potatoes that you’ve purchased from the market even if they have sprouts. They won’t perform well in the garden and you’ll be disappointed. Buy…

How To Grow Amaryllis & Paperwhite Bulbs

I love growing Narcissus (Paperwhites) in the spring and in the fall/early winter. If you stagger planting these bulbs you can have continuous blooms from now all through the holidays.…