More from my New Year's adventures... In 15 years of living in Southern California, I never knew there was a slot canyon just outside of Palm Springs. Featuring ladders to climb, a desert landscape akin to Death Valley, panoramic views at the summit, and a Utah-esque slot, this is easily...
by gardenbetty 7 months ago | via Instagram

It took 5 years to really get these grapes going, and finally, this year... we're able to eat them by the bunch! Or should I say, BUNCHES! I've been wanting to make a fancy cheese plate with our homegrown grapes, but they never make it into the house by the...
by gardenbetty 1 week ago | via Instagram

Feels weird to say this as I know some people are just starting to harvest their first tomatoes of the season, but here in zone 10b, my tomato plants are almost done producing. After giving us hundreds of pounds of fruit since March, our plants will likely be ready to...
by gardenbetty 1 week ago | via Instagram

Most people are only familiar with kaffir lime leaves, and not the fruits themselves. Also known as a makrut lime, the fruit is unlike a typical lime: tough, thick-skinned, and bumpy, with a highly aromatic, astringent flavor. It's not good for juicing but fabulous for zesting; I add it to...
by gardenbetty 1 week ago | via Instagram

We've had to pull up a few of our volunteer tomato plants as they were taking over the garden, and with them came some green (unripe) tomatoes that I couldn't bear to compost. Since I still have several jars of pickled green tomatoes left from last summer, I thought I'd...
by gardenbetty 1 week ago | via Instagram

These rosy ruffled tomatoes were grown from 7-year-old seeds! So pretty to look at and even better to eat—I've been making mad stacks of panini with my favorite summer ingredients (tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella) all week.
by gardenbetty 2 weeks ago | via Instagram