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My Cookbook Collection

I consider myself to be a cookbook collector. Shortly before the pandemic, I started a monthly cookbook club to celebrate and feature new cookbooks.  A cookbook represents possibility and wonder.  Most cookbook creators have spent many years perfecting their style and honing their niche. Cookbooks can all at once represent diverse cuisines, highlight decorated chefs,…

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2021 Complete Seed Starting Schedule

This started as a joke to myself – “no more seeds, Carmen” – as I picked up yet another seed package in the mail. When it felt like I had gone too far, I made a promise to myself. I promise to not buy anymore seeds until I inventory everything I have and make a…

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12 Herbs to Grow in Containers

A garden is not complete without herbs. In fact, I think that any beginning gardener should begin with herbs. Right after I graduated college, I lived in a small apartment with a small balcony. On the balcony, I grew rosemary in a small container. That rosemary plant followed me to my next apartment, and the…

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Indoor Seed Starting Set Up

Indoor seed starting can be intimidating… but it really doesn’t need to be.  When I first started getting really serious about gardening I watched tons of YouTube videos about intricate, expensive seed starting systems.  I’ve tried a lot of different seed starting products and a lot of them are really bad.  There is truly nothing…

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What to Plant Now: January in Southern California Zone 10b

January is hands down the busiest month of gardening if you live in Southern California. Not only are you juggling your regular garden maintenance, but you are rapidly starting amazing new varieties for spring and summer. While exciting, January can be an exhausting month for the Southern California gardener. My advice? Batch out your seed…

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