Monthly Archives: July 2013

B is for Beets

If you read my post on Bok Choy, here’s a quiz for you: Are beets a warm or cool-season vegetable? A cool-season vegetable, right. Why? Because it’s the root and leaves that we eat. If you were to plant beets … Continue reading

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B is for Bok Choy

Bok Choy is called many things but basically it’s Chinese cabbage, and it grows great here. Bok Choy is a cool-season vegetable: a term that throws many people off. Here’s an example–I once had a call at the Santa Clara … Continue reading

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B is for Blackberry

Blackberries, of all the berries, are the most adapted to California primarily because they have a high heat tolerance. Ironically, I have had the least amount of luck growing them. This could be, in part, because they are my least … Continue reading

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B is for Basil

Besides being a really cool name (my husband wouldn’t go for it), what garden would be complete without basil? Seriously. Unless it’s a succulent garden, basil should be included in every kitchen garden, herb garden, organic garden, butterfly garden, ethnic … Continue reading

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B is for Blueberry

Inspired by the conversation I had at lunch today: To those in the South Bay who want to grow blueberries, I have all kinds of advice and tips. I could bore you with acidic soil stories and protective bird netting … Continue reading

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A is for Avocado

Three types of avocados exist:¬†West Indian, Guatemalan, and Mexican. The West Indian avocado isn’t adaptable to California conditions, rendering it useless to me. Guatemalan avocados are the rounder, less pear-shaped fruit with leathery rough skin. Guatemalan avocados are almost a … Continue reading

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A is for Aloe

Aloe Vera is a succulent belonging to the lily family. Aloe has a long medicinal history attached to it and while it is edible, we don’t eat it. We do use it for the occasional sunburn, but have it around … Continue reading

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