Solving Global Problems in a Gorgeous Garden

In a little corner of Puglia, Italy one man is attempting to find solutions for water shortages, world hunger and crop diversity. Paolo Belloni started Il Giardino Pomona in 1994 as an experiment in permaculture and as a way to save heritage varieties of fruit trees. Along the way he created an ingenious method of…

Signs of Spring in London

Since my last post, I picked up stakes and moved from sunny California to London, arriving in mid-October. The city is quite a contrast to my suburban West Coast home with it’s large garden and temperate climes. Here, the constant frigid grayness of January has merged into rainy, chilly February – which had me searching…

Artichoke Love

Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables and this year I’ve been lucky to have several healthy plants in the garden. Since mine aren’t quite ready yet, I’ve been buying them at the market and cooking them up for dinner. You want to look for chokes that have tight leaves and feel dense and solid…

IT’S FINALLY APPLE TIME

When I started this blog, I came up with a list of possible names for it that tickled my fancy. Then I went to buy the domain name and the entire list was already taken. So it was back to the drawing board, but I was out of ideas. One day I was talking to…

PEACHY KEEN

We are on the downhill slope towards the end of peach season, so I’ve been experimenting lots with this fruit. I have a pot of spicy red peppers going crazy and wanted to use them with peaches somehow. My sister-in-law, Anne, made a delicious salad for a recent family get-together that inspired me to pick…