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Growing a Fall Garden – What it is, Why & How to Plant One

By on Aug 16, 2018 in Blog | 9 comments

Growing a Fall Garden – What, Why & How It’shard to believe that summer is almost over. The summer veggies are winding down, the chill of fall will soon be in the air – BUT that doesn’t mean gardening season is over!   Now is the time to plant your fall garden so you can keep the harvest coming during the fall and into the winter months.   In this blog post, I am going to cover the basics of fall gardening, what it is, why you should grow one and how to get yours started as quickly and inexpensively as possible. What is a fall garden? A fall garden is simply a garden of cool weather loving vegetables.  There are two types of vegetables:  warm weather veggies that grow well in the warm summer days and nights, and cool weather vegetables that grow best in the cooler weather of spring and fall.  The cool weather veggies like temperatures of 75 degree F or colder. ...

6 Quick Growing Vegetables to Plant NOW in Late Summer for a Fall Harvest

By on Aug 9, 2018 in Blog | 24 comments

6 Quick Growing Vegetables to Plant NOW in Late Summer for a Fall Harvest Would you like to have fresh, tasty, healthy veggies to harvest this fall the fall?  If your answer is YES – there’s not a moment to lose, plant some quick growing veggies NOW in the late summer!  This way when your done harvesting your current summer crops, you’ll have more harvest on the way.    The key to growing a late summer garden is to choose quick growing varieties that go from seed to harvest in about 6-8 weeks before cold weather hits.  If you are a southern gardener like I am here in So Cal, some of these vegetables may even last through a warm winter. You might be thinking “my garden beds are full, I don’t have room for one more plant.”I’m right there with you!I like to look for little gaps and holes in my garden, or plants that are dying out that I can pull out to make room to tuck in new seeds...

Start a Veggie Garden: Quick, Simple, Inexpensive and FUN!

By on May 3, 2018 in Blog | 8 comments

  Start a Veggie Garden: Quick, Simple, Inexpensive and FUN! I love to grow my own fresh, tasty veggies – it’s so much fun grocery shopping in the backyard for dinner!   Here’s what some folks tell me when I ask them why they don’t grow their own veggies:     “It takes to much time – I can’t fit it into my busy schedule.”   “It’s too complicated – I feel overwhelmed when I try to figure out how to start.”   “It’s too expensive to buy the seeds and supplies – I can’t afford it.” Does this sound familiar?  Then you’re in the right place!  ANYONE can have tasty, healthy food growing in their own backyard or patio.  What’s more, it CAN be done in a quick and simple way without breaking the bank!  The best part is, it’s a ton of FUN, and you’ll feel so much pride knowing you are growing your own fresh, health food! Starting Seeds Indoors Let’s begin...

Made in the Garden: Butternut Squash Herbed Rice

By on Oct 24, 2017 in Blog, Butternet Squash, Fall Garden, Garden to Table | 4 comments

Several of you mentioned that you are successfully harvesting a fall crop of butternut squash with the tips from the last blog post.  Great job!  Now what to do with it?  The best advice I can share you is keep it simple!  We all have busy schedules – who has time to spend hours in the kitchen? We work hard to grow our own food and it’s important to know how to prepare quick, simple meals out of our homegrown veggies so we can reap the benefits – and be healthier and happier as a result. Butternut squash is colorful, sweet, creamy and delicious, and makes for a perfect fall meal.  After you’ve read this post watched the video below, you’ll know exactly how to prepare a simple tasty side dish from your own homegrown, delectable butternut squash.     Your family will gobble up this colorful, tasty side dish – and you’ll feel the satisfaction and pride knowing...

How to Harvest Butternut Squash

By on Oct 6, 2017 in Blog, Fall Garden, Harvest, Winter Squash | 12 comments

I recently harvested several perfectly ripe gorgeous butternut squash.  We had a lot of fun sharing the abundance with neighbors, and are loving the tasty fall recipes.  Stuffed butternut squash, butternut squash chili, and butternut squash rice with herbs are a few of our favorites.   Click here  to watch a YouTube video on how to make butternut squash rice with herbs – mmmm!)  Whenever I take a bite of this super flavorful winter squash, it just screams out FALL!       However, if you’re a first time butternut squash grower, you might be wondering “When is the best time to harvest?”  Nothing more frustrating than harvesting it too soon and it’s not ripe. Or maybe you have waited too long to harvest yours, and it splits.  No worries, with a few simple tips, you’ll be harvesting your butternut squash like a pro and soon will be making all kinds of delicious meals with this...

Fall Gardening: Cool Weather Veggies, What are They, How to Plant?

By on Sep 29, 2017 in Blog, Container Gardening, Cool Weather Veggies, Fall Garden | 22 comments

Fall Gardening: Cool Weather Veggies – What are They and How to Plant? As the summer warm weather crops are winding down, the chill of the Fall air doesn’t mean gardening season is over.  It’s a lot of fun to keep the garden going as long as possible!  This is the time of year to plant some vegetables that like the cooler weather. What are cool weather vegetables? Cool weather vegetables are simply vegetables that grow best in the cooler weather, 75 degree F or colder.  If you’re concerned about your veggies getting frozen in the winter, there several types  that will survive and even thrive in frost conditions, such as root vegetables, lettuce, kale and other types of greens. Veggies like lettuce, greens, broccoli, peas, cabbage, radishes, carrots, and brussel sprouts love the cool weather and are ideal for a fall garden.   Where to plant? My garden is still full of summer...