Herb Gardening

Starting An Herb Garden An herb garden doesn’t have to be big so you don’t need much space to grow one. You can even start a potted herb garden on…

Fall Gardening & Cooking

    Even though it still feels like summer (technically it is) fall will be upon us soon. Fall is the best gardening season in Southern California; the ground is…

Summer Recipes with Herbs

Try these recipes using fresh herbs from your garden! Don’t have an herbs garden? I can teach you, more to come next week!  

Fall/Winter Vegetable Gardening

Vegetables to plant in our So. California gardens now   Beets Be sure to thin plants to about 3″ apart and harvest when they are small for a sweet flavor.…

Lettuce Varieties

  Are you hankering for some romaine lettuce? Well, there are tons of alternatives here in So. Cal for you. From the CDC website here’s what they are saying about…

How to Choose Baking Apples

THE BEST APPLES FOR BAKING   The Farmer’s Almanac Name Best Uses Flavor Characteristics, Appearance Braeburn Applesauce Tart, sweet, aromatic, tall shape, bright color Cortland Pies, Applesauce, Fruit Salad Tart, crisp,…

Pumpkin Olive Oil Cake

 

Alpine Strawberries

You’ll never have enough Alpine Strawberries, also called fraises des bois, to make a pie but they are so delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or with a…

Growing Amaryllis

3 Ways to Plant Amaryllis A lovely amaryllis in bloom is a sure sign that the holiday season is in full swing. By planting in November, you can ensure gorgeous…

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…