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July 15, 2019

And they will help feed you.

It's that time of year when we see the lovely and tasty results of a great team effort, ours and the bees'.

Without the bumble bees we wouldn't have these beautiful purple cherry tomatoes.

Or luscious strawberries. And believe me, these are l...

August 11, 2018

This summer I've noticed a lot more apricots in the markets than in previous years.

Apricots are delicious to eat just as they are.

But this is a great recipe from Bon Apetit magazine, that always is a success.

Almond, Apricot and Cherry Tart

CRUST:

1 1/2 cups unbleached fl...

June 19, 2018

I just watched this film today and found it very meditative, and informative.

To paraphrase Jan Freriks, the 86 year old master pruner,  "As a gardener you will never be satisfied with your garden. So instead of getting frustrated just do what you are able to, and enjoy...

February 20, 2018

What do you do when you have a big Meyer lemon tree in the backyard,  producing hundreds of lemons?

Of course, you can do the obvious, make lemonade. That's what our next door neighbors did with a bag of lemons I gave them.

Or you can bake lemon meringue pies, lemon bars...

January 7, 2018

The Meyer Lemon tree is producing a lot of fruit. It looks like it grew quite a bit since a year ago. The organic fertilizer and the rain we are starting to get is really helping the tree.

We are so lucky to have this tree, and share a lot of the lemons with friends.

The...

December 26, 2017

The Sunshine Blueberry plants are producing buds again, and there are a lot.

When they start to bloom the bees will be visiting a lot.

In the early Spring of this year, the Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees Bombus vosnesenskii were constantly visiting the blossoms of these plant...

December 12, 2017

We are so surprised to see that the figs on our potted Black Jack fig tree are actually ripening now. We bought the tree late Spring of this year.

And starting in the summer, the tree started to produce fruit.

There are a dozen figs, and they have been green for many mon...

December 4, 2017

The Meyer Lemon tree in the backyard is thriving in the cool weather.

Last Sunday the fruit looked so refreshed in the rain showers, covered with rain drops.

November 14, 2017

You can always tell when winter is approaching here by the ripening fruit.

On the platter above are Meyer lemons, which grow all year long.

Next to it is the first Black Jack fig to ripen on our tree.

And to the right of the fig are two beautiful persimmons from a friend...

November 9, 2017

We bought a Black Jack Fig seedling in the Spring of this year.

It looked like a stick, about 30 inches high.

We transplanted it to a ten gallon container, and have it growing on the patio.

It first sprouted some leaves, and then the first fig, the one that looks almost r...

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December 9, 2019