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Homemade pesto with walnuts basil and herbs

Homemade Pesto with Walnuts, Basil, Sage, Oregano and Garlic

Looking for a new way to use your herbs?  A fresh take on pesto?  Something you can serve with pasta, crusty bread, salad or all those wonderful heirloom tomatoes? Try this nutty pesto recipe with a more complex flavor profile. I threw these ingredients in a blender as an experiment and boy was I pleased with the results! The ratios looked like this: ~Overflowing handful of basil leaves (I used ge... »

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Quinoa Recipes and Ideas

“Keen-wa” is easy to cook! Prepare it like rice. Vegetable broth or stock of some kind in place of water enhances its nutty flavor significantly. It needs to be rinsed before you do anything with it otherwise it will have a residue that gives it a bitter taste. Wouldn’t that be the worst? Feeding your kids a disgusting glob of bitterness and then they have baggage for life and ma... »

How to Plant Edibles in Burlap Sacks

How to Plant Edibles in Burlap Sacks

A versatile material in the garden, burlap is used to wrap tree and shrub roots, mulch growing beds, protect newly planted seeds.  I love adding strips of it to my worm bin. Red wigglers will devour the jute cloth along with the food scraps as they weave in and out of the fibers. I’m not sewing a stitch or covering plastic containers. My approach is more organic, free-form and natural looking. Onc... »

How to Get Rid of the Tomato Hornworm

Tomato Hornworm Video

Little Miss Squash Blossom is faced with a rude garden pest in this fairytale featuring live shots of the tomato hornworm. We will be adding links to multiple videos about the tomato hornworm including how it sheds its skin, pupates and interacts with nature. You’ll also learn how to control the pest naturally and organically without chemicals. »

How to Grow Potatoes in Recyled Coffee Sacks

How to Grow Potatoes in Recyled Coffee Sacks

The Great Tater Experiment I tried growing potatoes in my pants, in t-shirts, pillow cases, garbage bags and my husband’s shorts! But the “spuds split our duds!” We have a fun video for you on the bag that worked the best! In Southern California, the soil is less than ideal for growing vegetables. For this reason, 90% of all my edibles are grown in raised beds or burlap sacks. Re... »

homemade organic fertilizer

10 Natural Fertilizer Recipes

Go no further than your pantry, backyard or the beach for materials to make your own organic fertilizer: BANANA PEELS  –  Eating a banana helps replenish lost potassium. Roses love potassium too. Simply throw one or two peels in the hole before planting or bury peels under mulch so they can compost naturally. Get bigger and more blooms. I also use banana peels on my vegetables. See more pict... »

Growing Cucumbers in Small Spaces

HOW TO Grow Cucumbers Over Other Plants to Save Space

How We Did It Selected varieties of cucumbers that we prefer eating. A no-brainer but try and pick the ones with smaller seeds. We like the pickling cukes as long as we don’t forget them. Don’t let them become more than a few inches long. Their skin will be like cardboard. We make many hills inside the raised bed only a foot or two apart. We plant 4-5 seeds per hill and then thin to 2-... »

Teach Kids About Composting – VIDEO

Teach Kids About Composting – VIDEO

A video that shows composting is fun!  Kids love learning how it helps the environment and makes awesome garden soil! Kids moved from station to station and learned how keeping household waste away from landfills prevents dangerous gases from rising into the air and seeping into the ground! They were amazed that food scraps can be recycled to make awesome garden soil. The lunch with the principal ... »

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Grow your own loofah sponges with video!

We’ve wanted to grow our own sponges for years now ever since we learned about them from Chet at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. A great place for old fashioned fun and our favorite, the Fall Tractor Show. They grow all sorts of plants and sell them to keep the tractor parades going and the steam engines blowing. I always thought loofahs came from the sea. Once ... »

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5 Tips for Using Manures in the Garden

Before you “poop your plants” LOL, learn these key handling and processing techniques to keep you and your plants free from contamination and sickness. Here’s the scoop on the poop: 1. Fresh Ain’t Best! Never Use New Manure Near Your Edibles Manure is a prime source of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. It’s also rich in bacteria. For us home gardeners, applying fre... »