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White Bean Soup with Portuguese Sausage and Kale

Serves: 4 people Prepared for: 4 people Ingredients: 1 Carrot Chopped 1 stalk of Celery Chopped 1/2 Onion Minced 1/2 tsp Garlic Chopped Pinch Crushed Red Chile 1/2 lb Cannellini Beans 1 bunch fresh Kale 1 piece Portuguese Sausage 1 cup White Wine 2 1/2 quarts of Chicken Stock Pinch Dried Oregano 1 Bay Leaf [...]

By | 2017-09-29T15:19:18+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens, Recipe|0 Comments

Easy Herbs for Winter

The most important word for cool weather herbs is SUN. Water deeply (as in: water slowly so that all the soil gets a drink, not just the top & sides of the pot or ground soil) once a week… and did I mention SUN? A lot of people want to grow herbs inside and while this [...]

Cool Tips for Successful Cool Season Tomatoes

One of the great pleasures of vegetable gardening is finding new and unusual varieties to grow and tantalize our taste buds. Heirloom tomatoes are one that have surged in popularity in the past several years. Tomato enthusiasts are finding bounties of bright, rainbow colored, sugar sweet flavored tomatoes that are harvested from their gardens with [...]

By | 2017-09-29T15:20:24+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Gardening|0 Comments

Extending Your Tomato Growing Season

One of the great pleasures of vegetable gardening is finding new and unusual varieties to grow and tantalize our taste buds.  Heirloom tomatoes have surged in popularity in the past several years.  Tomato enthusiasts are finding bounties of bright rainbow colored, sugar sweet flavored tomatoes that are harvested from their gardens with pride and consumed [...]

By | 2016-08-18T16:54:53+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Gardening, Tomatoes|2 Comments

What is Milkweed and How Do You Care for It?

Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. As a host plant, it provides the monarch larvae and adult butterflies with a food source. Milkweed belongs to the genus Asclepias, which has many different species spread out through America and Mexico. Asclepias line the migration path for these butterflies as they travel back and [...]

Designing with Succulents

Succulents and cactus have experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. Their colorful, unique shaped foliage looks good year round – no flowers necessary.  They grow large and small so it’s easy to find one that will fit happily into the smallest pot, or grow up into a [...]

Using Beneficial Insects in your Garden

It is well known within the sustainability movement that an integrated approach to pest control is the best way to go. Technically, the term is “Integrated Pest Management” (IPM), and it basically means applying several well-considered methods of control to address a pest problem. […]

By | 2017-11-28T09:22:44+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Earth Day, Gardening|2 Comments

5 Rules for Garden Success

Rule #1 Despite our recent water restrictions, this rule has and will always be the best; Water deeply, less often. S-l-o-w  down watering, making certain your soil is soaked 6-12 inches deep ~ twice a week in hot weather, once a week in cool, dry weather. Trees need deep watering around the root base, not just the [...]

Outdoor Living Trends 2016 – Southern California Style

On Trend For 2016 Colors White is the color of choice for 2016 for outdoor living furniture and accessories; Any shade of white from polar to cream. Start with a neutral palate but mix it up using colorful accessories and textiles. [...]

Plumeria Care for Socal Climates

Plumerias are beautiful, colorful flowering plants that produce numerous flowers with fragrant scents. These flowers are famously recognized in Hawaiian leis and are easy to grow in our Southern California climate. It’s impossible to track all the different flowers and scents because there are countless varieties, however the pink, yellow and white varieties seem to be [...]

By | 2017-09-29T15:06:06+00:00 June 16th, 2016|California Friendly Garden Solutions, Gardening|6 Comments