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Grow Your Own Pineapple

28 Jun

All you have to do is chop off the top of your pineapple and place it in a pot of soil.  Place your pineapple in a sunny location and give it plenty of water and watch it grow! If you are in a colder climate you can grow the pineapple indoors! Keep soil moist but not soggy, place in sunny location and mist occasionally.

Growing

Growing after 2 years 3 months.

Growing at 2 years and 4 months.

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Growing at two years and 5 months.

Full Grown!

Cut and ready to eat!

Aloha!

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Hot Chili Peppers

23 Jun

Growing hot peppers this season?  Here are some things you can do to enjoy them all winter long.

DRY the chiles in the open air by laying the chiles on a cookie rack. Place the rack with the chiliies in a cool dry area. Once chiles are dry store them in a sealed jar. You can also string them up to air dry which is great for decoration and display.

Dried Chili Peppers

CRUSH dried chiles by placing them in a food processor until the peppers are ground into coarse flakes.  Transfer the crushed pepper flakes  to a spice jar, which can be stored in your spice cabinet.  Use the flakes to sprinkle on pizza, pasta and others dishes that you want to spice up a bit.

Chili Peppers

This also makes a great gift for your hot and spicy foodie friend!

Ever wonder how baby carrots are made?

5 Sep

I bet you always wondered how those cute little carrots were made, didn’t  you?  I found this cute couple in my garden not too long ago, aren’t they cute!  Well, now you know how baby carrots are made!

Kissing Carrots

Kissing Carrots

Buzzing with the bees

30 Jun

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

We are dependent on bees to pollinate much of our food source and the populations are down around the world. How can we help? Try not to use pesticides and try to do your part to help the bees  by adding bee friendly plants. Create a sanctuary in your yard and they will come. Don’t worry about a sting from a bee, because if you do not bother them they most likely will ignore you.

Bee Friendly

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

While you are creating a bee attraction garden don’t forget to add a watering hole since bee’s get thirsty too.  All you have to do is fill a medium or large plant saucer with rocks and add water.  The moisture will attract the bees to your flower garden.  If your area is prone to mosquitos change the water every other day so it does not stagnate.

Bee Watering hole

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

In the Garden with Samantha

7 May

Warmer weather and longer days, means more time in the garden pruning, planting, clipping, cutting and just plain relaxing.  Samantha loves it too, she has her own shade plant to lay under and snooze.

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

A busy bee at work on a California Poppy.

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Mexican Sage, Hummingbirds love this plant.

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Lemons forming on the tree.

Grow Some Italian Basil

2 Oct

Basil is one herb that should be in every garden and it is so easy to grow!  I keep mine in a pot and move it around from outside to inside.  Always available when I want to use some in my cooking. Keep it well watered and out of direct sun.  Clip the leaves as needed for your Italian Meals or any meal that needs some flavor.

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Local Produce – From My Patio!

9 Sep

 Not only is my thumb getting greenerI am  cutting back on my carbon footprint, plus  saving money and gas!  Just a few steps outside my sliding glass door is my little organic garden where I can pick some  local produce!  There are tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, carrots, parsley, hot peppers and green peppers. Planted within the garden is rosemary to ward off many harmful insects and flowers to attract pollinators such as bees!  Also there is a small area for composting which attracts ton’s of worms! Coffee grounds added to the garden helps to ward off slugs.  Did I mention all these items are easy to grow?   So, if you have a small  out-door space like me, you too, can grow a little patio garden with just a little patience and some time!

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Phot by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

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