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April 2014

More pics from yesterday's tour of our back yard veggie garden ... here's a bit of what's currently blooming in our back yard: Though some people think it's strange -- or a waste of valuable food growing space -- I'm a cottage gardener at heart, and I love the look of flowers mixed in with [...]

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Today we got an unusual break from the Bakersfield springtime heat ... yesterday's high was 87, and today we only made it to 75, though it felt plenty warm in the sun while working in the garden this afternoon.  A strong breeze came up around 4:30, shocking the sunflowers I transplanted today, and knocking over the [...]


Here's a great ready-in-a-jiffy recipe that's delicious hot or cold. I made these shrimp for dinner last night, with a delicious side dish of lemony rice tossed with sauteed greens (click here for yesterdays post and my Lemon Rice with Spinach & Chard recipe). Ray and I love seafood and shellfish, so we always have [...]

lemon rice with greens

It was over 90 degrees in Bakersfield today, so I wanted something quick and fresh for dinner after a long hot afternoon in the garden. Two Early Girl tomato seedlings were being crowded by some neon chard, so I picked a large bowl of chard to give the tomatoes room to grow. I also grabbed [...]