Later to ‘Maters? Maybe not just yet…

Ugh. For all my planning, swapping, hoping, reading, writing, digging, tilling and composting, this was a pretty dreadful season for tomatoes. I’ve had several crappy years in a row with tomatoes but I keep thinking things will improve if I just do things better. I started my good, strong, organic heirloom seeds back in February. I had…

Piles of Peppers

I’m trying to catch up with my 2014 garden notes so I have to take a break from watching my monarch caterpillars for a moment, which is not as easy as it sounds. They’re so stinkin’ cute! But in the interest of having something to look back on when planning next year’s gardens I need to…

Trouble in the Garden Part II + Grilled Shishitos

Grrr. Gardening. Some weeks it’s all “ooh, look at the pretty flowers,” and “hey is that a baby cucumber?” Other weeks it’s like “hey, what is eating my baby cucumber?” and “crap and damn did I seriously hammer a spike through a sprinkler line? Twice?!?” Hmph. Guess which I’m having?

Garlicky Lemony Grilled Artichokes

Grilling season is about to kick into high gear and I am SUPER EXCITED!!! Actually here in San Diego it’s a toasty 91 with hot Santa Ana winds whipping fiercely westward across the county. I hate this weather and honestly the last thing I want to do when it’s this hot is cook. But a…

Easy Coconut Thai Grilled Shrimp? Yes please!

It’s been crazy times here on the farm! Well, farm may be overstating it, but in the last few months we’ve expanded the vegetable garden and squeezed organic and heirloom veggie seedlings into every nook and cranny. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say we’ve tripled the size of the garden. My knees and fingertips certainly…

A look back at 2013…

A week ago I woke up thinking it would be fun to go back through a year’s worth of photos and remind myself of my favorite moments of 2013. What a trip! It’s incredible how much happens in 12 months. I went through my photo stash and picked some of my favorite pics. At the…

Grilled veggie goodness

I really only started cooking ‘for real’ a few years ago and found that I love experimenting in the kitchen. Having an organic garden makes things even more interesting as I grow things I’d never buy if I saw them at the store. Growing them myself feels like less pressure, like as long as I…