Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)

20180414_091720If you drive along some parts of the central California coast, you are likely to see wide swaths of the landscape covered in artichoke plants.  In fact, this is pretty much the only place in the U.S. where commercial artichokes are grown.

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Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

When I watched “The Wizard of Oz” as a kid, I never understood why the poppies in the field Dorothy walked through were all red.  Duh, everyone knows that poppies are orange!!  Right?  Wait…

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Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris)

20180313_171040If you love leafy greens, you can’t go wrong with chard.  Talk about easy and reliable!  My garden seldom goes without this delicious staple in the ground.

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Corinth Grape (Vitis vinifera): On the No Grow List

I sooo wanted this one to work.  I was enchanted by the tasty little grapes and was equally excited that they were Greek in origin.  But alas, it turned out to not live up to our expectations. Continue reading Corinth Grape (Vitis vinifera): On the No Grow List

Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica)

20180203_095251Being in zone 9 makes growing cool weather crops a bit of a challenge, especially if you are trying to follow the instructions usually given on seed packets.  I finally gave up and used science as my guide.  What do you know, it worked.

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