It is early in the gardening season but, oh no, I’ve already spotted the damage. Several leaves are getting spotty. It could be aphids, or spider mites, or white flies…oh my! I need to call in reinforcements! Take a look at what happened after I found a lady bug in the back of my yard… Continue reading Ladybug Raising: Beneficial Gardening Meets Early Education
I must have been about 10 years old when I learned what a Lima Bean was and tasted it after picking it right off an organic vine in my Grandpa’s backyard garden. Little did I know how these brief childhood experiences would impact me for a lifetime.
My daughter has been "helping" me in the garden since she was one year old. I may have learned a little bit about plant spacing, pruning, covering exposed soil with mulch to prevent weeds, weeding, etc; but gardening with a toddler is kind of like gardening with Curious George.
Fall is for Football, and Messy Buns!
I wrote this recently about blooming where you are planted. I hope you'll enjoy reading about living like a local and please feel free to share with others! https://www.theodysseyonline.com/if-youre-not-living-like-local-youre-missing-out
When approaching my landscape, I tend to have less is more approach to grass. My vision includes ornamental plants, more rocks, more mulch, more edibles, more edging, more pavers, more planters, and much less grass! I envision well-planned beds that will be easy to maintain and tiny plots of grass that are quick to mow.… Continue reading Making the lawn “bloom”
When you live overseas, you spend an awful lot of time lamenting the usual comforts of home. How often I have heard my friends say "Gee I can't wait to shop at Target (or Ross, Barnes and Noble, etc)" or "I can't wait to be stateside again so that I can eat Mexican food, be near… Continue reading Okinawa, I can’t wait to…
If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Kool Whip on the side, you might be a redneck. –Jeff Foxworthy This post includes affiliate links to products I use in my garden and trust. I receive a small commission on sales for helping the seller but my readers still receive… Continue reading Grow Your Own Salad: It’s Easier Than You Think!
Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history. David Chang As promised, I’m going to show you my homemade tamales made with garden fresh green salsa. I can’t take credit for this recipe; my source is “Simply Mexican” by Lourdes Castro. Let’s get started. You will need: A package of corn husks… Continue reading Tamales, it’s been too long!
In a previous blog post I gave instructions on how to grow tomatillos; in this post I'll show you how you can use them as I share a personal recipe for tomatillo salsa.