Category Archive for 'Gardening'

Lettuce from seeds!

Now that I’ve been porch gardening for over a year, I thought I’d try out a new technique – growing veggies from seeds. The pros are definitely there: It’s way more cost effective, better for the environment (less shipping of seedlings, less trips to the garden store). But the downsides, like waiting and wondering, have [...]

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The Charlie Brown Christmas Squash

I went to the garden store last weekend to grab some seeds for the porch garden (more later) when I saw a dejected, unlabeled squash plant six pack. It was a little bit green with a lotta bit of yellow and brown. Being the sap I am, I thought, “I’ll rescue it!” which outside of [...]

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Simple Summer Salad

I brought this salad to a summer solstice party that I threw with my buds Traci and Siel.  It was super easy to make and is refreshingly yummy. Two cut up organic cantaloupes (don’t forget to wash the outside before cutting). 3-4 sprigs of porch-garden-fresh-mint, finely chopped.  If you aren’t growing your own mint yet, [...]

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Fave Green Reads

Fave Green Reads is actually one fave read, and two fave watches. I’m lovin’ me some online videos today! Episode 6: Trendy vintage shops, migrating plants, and new gardening how-to vids. Oh my! Vintage shopping guide by Elle magazine. California’s native plants may have tough times ahead because of global warming. Check out what my [...]

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Upsidedown Tomatoes

It’s tomato planting time in Santa Monica! And I’m moving up in the world – the patio garden has gone vertical! This weekend I drilled a couple holes in the top of my patio and experimented with hanging tomatoes. The positives of flipped tomatoes for urban gardeners? -More room! -No need for staking -Greater yield [...]

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The mom-in-law emailed me this Risotto recipe a couple weeks ago and I finally tried it out today on the hub and BTC Elements’ lovely Customer Care rep, Hannah (below). I served it for lunch with a side of baked tofu and a spinach salad. Reviews? Hannah thought it was great. The hub loved it [...]

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Surprise Cilantro and Snap Peas

You’d think it’d be hard to lose track of plants when urban gardening on a porch the size of a dingi…. but I’m here to prove: It Happens. I guess I’ve been so worried about nursing my new lettuces, and juicing up my old strawberries… that I forgot about an entire bin in the corner. [...]

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A little over a year and a half ago, I started a porch garden. It’s been sort of a trial and error extravaganza. I’ve learned that plastic containers are not so good for plants and that dill gets covered in bugs faster than I can say, “organic”…. and that if you play your cards right [...]

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Last Year I had two eco-resolutions 1) Waste less food 2) Try to green my camping. Both went pretty well. 1) Though I don’t have cold hard facts, I do feel like I wasted a lot less food this year. How? -I relied on the porch garden for a lot of my salads (old lettuce [...]

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There I was, riding my bike up a lofty hill in Santa Monica to watch some Cal football with old college buddies…. eco-fashionably wearing my vintage Cal softball jersey (circa 1980)…. Fate would have it that the Wolaver’s Organic Brown Ale in my bike basket was misbehaving…. I stopped mid street to adjust and looked [...]

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