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Recipe – Curried Squash Soup

This is Ina Garten’s recipe and it’s really good as well as easy. She peels her squash; I don’t. It all blends up beautifully. Preheat the oven to 400°.

1 large butternut squash 2 medium onions, cut into 1″ cubes 2 medium apples, cut into cubes 1/4 c. olive oil 6 cups chicken broth 1 […]

When to Plant?

I recently received this email from a reader.

Message: First i wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful and informative site. I have been reading for the past month or so your posts.

I currently live in Tampa and im looking to be moving into a house w/ a nice back […]

The Cruciferous Bed

The Cabbage Patch

The Brassica family (also called cruciferous or Cole family) includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Napa cabbage, bok choy, collards, rutabagas, and turnips. They all grow well together and should not be grown with the nightshades like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. They should all be planted one per square foot. […]

Recipe – Alice Waters’ Carrot Soup

A couple of years ago my brother Bob and his wife Janet gave me a cookbook by Alice Waters called “The Art of Simple Food.” It is wonderful. She has a deep respect for real food, organic vegetables, grass fed beef, free range poultry and eggs and all things good. This carrot soup recipe […]

Recipe – Eggless Caesar Salad Dressing

I love Caesar salad and there are many recipes for the dressing, most using raw or coddled eggs. With the recent salmonella contamination of the egg supply, I was hesitant the other night to use raw eggs in the dressing. Dijon mustard will also emulsify the dressing, and this turned out just as good […]

Biota Max RULES!

Think that BiotaMax doesn’t work? Skeptical? Well look at this world record breaking pumpkin, grown with BiotaMax!

It weighed in at a whopping 1810.5 lbs! Congratulations Chris Stevens of Minnesota! Order BiotaMax pro-biotic effervescent tablets at Put my name (Marian) in the referral box so they know I sent you! Tweet […]

Recipe – Broasted Fingerling Potatoes

This past week at Costco we picked up a big bag of fingerling potatoes for under $8. If you’ve never made these tender, flavorful spuds, try them some time. We love them. I’ve boiled them, roasted them, steamed them, but found that the best method of preparing these little spudlets is to braise them in […]

Plant Placement

The biggest challenge I faced as a new gardener was how to place the plants in my beds so each would thrive. The seed packets were helpful for the plantlets that I started from seed, as they usually give the height that the plant will grow as well as well as how far apart […]

Beautiful Legumes

I’ve posted before on the beauty and efficiency of the bean and pea family, the legumes. Sugar snap peas are so sweet fresh from the garden it’s amazing. Within 10 minutes after picking, they begin to get starchy. I call them the gardener’s snack, since they seldom make it all the way into the house. […]

A Time To Plant

It’s October in South Florida, the perfect month to plant a vegetable garden. The humidity has dropped, temperatures are still in the 80′s, and the summer storms are still around for great irrigation.

If you haven’t built your raised beds yet, go get the lumber this week and get them built. See my post […]