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Emily’s Garden

My husband and I have embarked on a journey to grow all our own produce in our backyard in Long Beach, and these are my tales of triumph and obstacles along the way. We are not natural-born horticulturists, and are learning many hard lessons as we go. This garden has become my friend, my nemesis, and my teacher and I hope this candid blog helps you in your own gardening adventures!

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Planting the Seed

It is just starting to feel like Fall in Southern CA (it was only 84 degrees today), and that makes...

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Black Gold

Whether you have a large vegetable garden, one little flower pot, or just want to cut down on the amount...

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Pesto Party!

The end of summer brought a bountiful basil harvest for us (isn’t the purple basil pretty?), so I had to...

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A Clean Slate

We here in Southern CA have the luxury of gardening all year long, which is both tremendously rewarding and occasionally...

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Not For the Lazy

It occurred to me, as my husband and I headed out to the garden for our big weekly harvest on...

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Save your seeds!

Last year I had the best watermelon of my life. Globe-shaped instead of oval, it was sweet, juicy, and with...

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Garden Party

I love nature, particularly birds. But that does not mean I’m ok with them trying to steal every last tomato...

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Growing Food From Kitchen Scraps

It may sound too good to be true, but you really CAN grow food from many of the scraps you’d...

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Hungry? Plant Kale.

Leafy greens are this gardener’s dream – I eat them at practically every meal, and they are so easy to...

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Deterring Cabbage Butterflies

We have an unwanted visitor in our backyard – the cabbage butterfly. Though these little white butterflies are absolutely beautiful...

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