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Green Thumb Sunday: Bee in my beet greens

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Roasted fava beans

One of my favorite stands at the Jack London Square Farmers’ Market in Oakland is the Happy Boy Farms stand. That’s where I almost always buy my salad greens, and usually a whole bagful of whatever else they have available at the moment. Sunday was no exception. I stopped by to get some arugula for [...]

Kettle padróns

Last night, Fatemeh assigned me the job of side dishes to go with pork chops. Roasted fingerlings, I decided, and roasted green beans tossed with preserved rangpur lime, because in the Bay Area, summer is so damn chilly and foggy that it’s quite normal to be able to roast up some vegetables a la winter. [...]

Guest Post: Fairies inspire a young gardener

[Editor's Note: This post is from Ysa, the step-daughter of one of my co-workers. She's making her first foray into gardening this years, and I invited her to make an appearance here. Please give her a warm welcome!] Hi. I am doing a guest post. I am 7 years old and I have a garden. [...]

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour Highlights: Raised Beds

Let’s face it. Gardening? Might seem like a harmless activity, but it’s hell on the body. All that bending? Kills the back. All that crawling around in the dirt? Might seem like fun to some people, but the knees! The knees! I know. I sound like I’m Methuselah or something. But I swear to you, [...]

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour Highlights: Edible Kitchen Garden

One of the last gardens my friend Michelle and I visited on last weekend’s Bay-Friendly Garden Tour was one of my very favorites. You, good readers, know my preference for all things edible, so this shall come as no surprise: It was a kitchen garden, but one designed, beautifully, by Leslie Bennett and Garden Fare [...]

Heirlooms in Pots: Graceful Grazing on the Patio

I’m still deciding exactly what needs to go in the wine barrels on the patio, and Bill Thorness, author of Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden has been kind enough to provide me with some terrific ideas, and the following guest post: Growing heirloom vegetables in large pots can be a great way [...]

Seedlings, not seeds

One of the most gratifying things about putting out the word that a patio garden is in the offing has been the offer of seeds from friends near and a little bit far. Seed shopping? Nope. Don’t need to. One of the offers came from a coworker, who told me she had a variety of [...]

Vote to promote healthy food

Over the weekend, I went in a giant grocery store in Madison, Wisconsin with my friends in search of some local cheese curds. We found what we were looking for, but since it has been so long since I regularly shopped at that kind of store, the aisles and aisles of brightly-colored boxes of processed [...]

A seasonal calendar for 2010

The best thing about January? Opening up a brand new calendar. And, while I usually come up with a calendar that features my photography, I stumbled across a resource late last week that I have to share. The Cottage Industrialist’s monthly calendar highlights seasonal produce and recipe ideas to put those seasonal fruits and vegetables [...]