Watering the garden is a GREAT gardening activity for kids of all ages! With the onset of some of our first super hot days of the summer, now is the time to recheck your watering systems and schedules to make sure your plants will stay quenched and be happy throughout the day! Here in Coastal … Continue reading Stay Hydrated!
THIS YEAR'S THEME IS CLIMATE ACTION! It is hard to believe that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While Earth Day may be recognized around the globe officially on April 22, our impact on this planet is affected by EVERY action we take every minute of every day. Our choices and our … Continue reading Earth Day EVERY DAY
I just came across this beautiful recipe for Clevland Sage Pesto created by Antonio Sanchez using local, native salvia for an aromatic pesto! I will most certainly be trying this recipe out soon and reporting back! Since Salvia Clevlandii is a beautiful flowering shrub that also attracts pollinators to the garden, I often choose to … Continue reading Recipes
http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/UC_Master_Gardener_Program/Grow_LA_Victory_Garden_Initiative/ Its raining here in San Pedro, California, so I'm waiting to plant my new tomato babies until the soil dries up a bit even though I'm so excited to get them into the ground! These rainy days have me reminiscing about my early gardening days many spring seasons ago when I first started seriously experimenting … Continue reading Looking Back – Victory Gardens
Sowing Seeds in uncertain times not only brings us food security, but also brings us hope for tomorrow.
I wanted to re-share this Blog Post from 2018 since Spring is a perfect time to start seeds in your garden. Even if you just have a small balcony garden, or one pot to work with, planting seeds will bring joy and hope for the future. Get outside and feel the warmth of the sun and listen to the songs the birds are singing. Right now, nature’s fresh air and sunshine is our best friend and here to comfort us.
Starting plants from seed can be tricky and while sometimes daunting, putting in that extra effort and care is well worthwhile and produces endless rewards.
There are few things in this world I believe to be more important for the well being of our future as humans than preserving seed diversity – particularly of the plants we eat. Also, as a chef, home cook and new mother I also find it pretty awesome that I get to choose the flavor, nutritional value and beauty of the produce growing on my small little patch of land that will ultimately end up on my family’s and client’s plates.
Like so many things in life a lot of practice and some failure are part of the process. Every success will bring more best practices and sometimes some of your little plant babies won’t make it, and while it will be disappointing, it will…
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It is never too early (or too late!) to start gardening with your baby, toddler or child! From the very first weeks and months, babies can begin enjoy nature and learning to use their senses in this new environment. I am always astonished with how much my son has appreciated and understood from the very … Continue reading The Toddler’s Garden
"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." ~John Lennon I have struggled so hard to sit down and write this post. The truth is that looking at my semi-ambitious plans for my front garden feels overwhelming since I know that the concept on paper is just possibly out of reach right … Continue reading Plans
Mindfulness practice and meditation is absolutely all the rage right now and thank goodness it is! Being "mindful" and "present" is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and those we care about. In the age of instant data and distraction - having smart phones at our fingertips even while we sleep … Continue reading Present and Planning
For the inaugural week of Food Waste Awareness here in California, I wanted to talk about composting. This is one of the biggest win-wins nature offers to deal with some of the unavoidable waste we end up with in our cooking endeavors. Composting turns food scraps into rich and nutritious soil. It’s kind of like … Continue reading Compost happens
Starting plants from seed can be tricky and while sometimes daunting, putting in that extra effort and care is well worthwhile and produces endless rewards. There are few things in this world I believe to be more important for the well being of our future as humans than preserving seed diversity - particularly of … Continue reading Seeds of Hope