I love to grow vegetables but I hate to harvest. I love to start start vegetables from seed. Even before the first set of leaves unfurl, I’m dreaming about planting each seedling in my raised garden beds.  I carefully labeled everything so I can track who grows where… I visit my garden every day, looking…

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My husband and I had brunch this morning with Celia and Nate Levy at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art.  Celia is the travel agent who has done such a fabulous job putting together the garden tour I am leading to Holland and Belgium next May. Brunch was delightful – both food and company!…

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Thinking of replacing your lawn but not sure how to kill the grass?  Just as we use the sun’s rays to power our houses, heat water and run our cars, we can use the sun to kill lawns as well. The process, called solarization, uses the heat of the sun’s rays to literally cook plants,…

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Eggplants come in solids and stripes, and all need full sun Originally published in the U-T, May 6, 2011 at 4:37 p.m Illustration by CRISTINA MARTINEZ BYVIK Baba ghanouj, parmesan, roasted, curried or stir-fried with Thai basil … I can’t think of a way I don’t like to eat eggplant. Its soft, creamy texture and…

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My husband harvested our first fingerling potatoes this evening.  Its hard to get any sense of their scale from the photo, but the largest ones were not quite three inches long. First fingerling potato harvest, April 2011 He sauteed them in garlic and olive oil, and served them with an asparagus omelette made with fresh…

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This amazing combination caught my eye this morning as I arrived home from running errands…. Spring morning color tapestry Chartreuse blooming Euphorbia wulfenii, deep purple bearded iris, and  Arctotis ‘Big Magenta’ make an amazing display.  They were originally planted in different locations but somehow, magically, they’ve drifted together.   Another lovely example of garden serendipity…

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I recently had a most delightful phone call.  A young man found my website and called to ask about community garden plots as a holiday gift for his mother.  He was in from out-of-town and wondered if I could help him. His mother, it seems, had suffered some financial setbacks  and no longer had access…

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