sliced tomatoes on parchment paper

It’s tomato time!  My kitchen is overflowing in tomatoes – yellow, red, round, huge, grape shaped, gold with black shoulders (the fantastic ‘Indigo Kumquat’), and so many more. I always overplant tomatoes. Why? Because I LOVE TOMATOES! By time I plant the varieties I teach with in seed starting workshops, plus favorite varieties from years…

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In July,  gardens across the nation really start to heat up.  Southern California,gardens had a long, cool spring with lots of powdery mildew and vegetables stuck in waiting-to-ripen mode.  Now, its happening fast and furiuos.  Are you ready?  Here are some July Garden Tasks. Schedule gardening time to early or late in the day to…

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California poppies

Southern California’s hillsides are ablaze gorgeous tapestries wildflowers – orange poppies and ground pinks, golden fiddlenecks and bluebells, and more! if you plan to go in search of wildflowers, please know that those flowers are in fragile native habitats you can destroy simply by walking through them. Watch Nan Sterman’s video about wildflower etiquette before you go, so you can enjoy the flowers without killing them.

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