• Rosemary Blooms

    STATE OF THE WINTER FRONT YARD

    Where do you find garden joy during the winter?

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  • Blood Oranges Halved

    WINTER'S ABUNDANCE: BLOOD ORANGES

    Sometimes nature downright astounds us—if we take a moment to notice and savor.

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  • Justin Dervaes Planting

    TRANSITIONS

    Seasonal transitions in my EDIBLE front yard

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  • African Blue Basil

    LANDSCAPING WONDER: AFRICAN BLUE BASIL

    One of my favorite plants that replaced the lawn in the front yard is the stretch of African Blue Basil.

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  • Pressure Cooker

    PRESSURE COOKER

    A cookware investment that gives great returns over the years is a good quality pressure cooker. My mother often cooked with a pressure cooker when I was growing up in Zambia.

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  • SOAP FROM TREES

    Over the years, a “what-if” question I’ve asked is, What if I don’t have______ or can’t obtain________? During my childhood in Zambia, that question was sometimes more than hypothetical

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  • THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING…AND GIVING!

    If there were to be a vegetable mascot for the Urban Homestead project, it would be—without a question—a Tromboncino Squash.

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  • ORGANIZING THE KITCHEN (PART 1)

    One of the (fun) challenges of moving into a new house with not a lot of money is figuring out how to set up the various living spaces to work efficiently within the limitations

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  • TURF REMOVAL

    When I moved to my new place in Pasadena, the property offered a typical Southern California St. Augustine grass front lawn.

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  • PINTEREST

    I’ll admit it: I’m a big Pinterest fan! Because I signed up around the time I was in the process of moving to a new residence (from a one-bedroom duplex to a two-house lot with spacious outside areas and a garage), all the DIY and home and garden topics were immediately relevant and useful

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