How to Preserve Food Crops From Your Garden Without Canning

Written by Susan B. One of the summer’s time-honored traditions is canning home-grown fruits and vegetables as a way to preserve them for later use. But when it comes to canning your home-grown food crops, there are no short cuts and safety must always be the top priority. Let’s face it; the thought of canning […]

Organic vs. Non-Organic Soils: Why You Should Choose Organic Soil Mixes and Amendments

Written by Susan B. If you’re growing plants in containers, the most important consideration – other than the size of the pot, is the soil you use. And the quality of the dirt you use has a significant impact on how healthy your plants are, and how successful you are at growing them. What is […]

Late Summer Planting Guide: Vegetables to Grow for a Fall Harvest and When to Plant Them

Written by Susan B. There is no denying the fact that our southern California climate is ideal for gardening – regardless of what you grow. Whether you’re an experienced vegetable gardener, a less experienced gardener, or someone who has never grown vegetables, late summer is the perfect time to think about planting for a late […]

Banana Pudding Parfaits

Ingredient:For the Pudding 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cornstarch Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 egg yolks 3-1/2 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon dark rum For the Sweetened Whipped Cream 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar For Assembling 3-4 large bananas, very […]

A Guide to Drip Irrigation Systems

Written by Susan B. We devoted a recent post to talking about watering efficiently – without wasting water. We mentioned soaker hoses in that blog, but we didn’t discuss irrigation systems. And that’s what we plan to do now. Irrigation systems make it possible to spread hoses over designated areas of your garden, so the holes at […]