JUL
02

GrowCookEat: Community Garden Tour {Video}

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I am still out of town from attending Evo Conference. It was such an amazing opportunity! Right now we are probably on our way home after a week of visiting with friends and family (post conference). Please welcome Bree from Baked Bree for today’s GrowCookEat Garden Tour guest post. Thank you Bree for sharing your garden and beautiful tour video with us!

Bree Hester is wife to a Coast Guard pilot and mother to 3 children. She and her family live in Carmichael, CA, which happens to be in Zone 9. This is her first year gardening and loves growing her own food. Weed pulling? Not so much. Bree spends most of her time in the kitchen and behind the lens shooting for her website www.bakedbree.com but also for her boutique photography business.


Welcome to our Community Garden {Tour Video}
by Bree Hester

This is our first year as home gardeners and we are really enjoying watching our garden grow. We decided to use a community garden because our backyard has rocky, sandy soil and very little sunlight. It is good for keeping our house cool, but not good to grow vegetables. We live in Carmichael, CA and we have had an unseasonably cool spring and early summer. We live about 2 blocks from our plot in the community garden and visit it daily or every other day to water it. One of the things that we love most about the community garden is the more experienced gardeners helping us out. They have provided us with a wealth of knowledge.

We decided that this year would be an experiment to see what we could grow and just have fun with it. We have learned that we planted snap peas too late in the season and that some of the seeds that we planted may have been mistaken for weeds. We recently planted some new things in those spots and added mulch to cut down on the weeds. I use a ton of fresh herbs in my cooking and it is so nice to be able to use herbs that I grew in my own garden. Our children have gotten involved and have been learning about how plants grow and how to take our of them. All-in-all this has been a great experience for us and look forward to being life long gardeners.

Thank you to Katie and the other gardeners at GrowCookEat for keeping us motivated and following along on our journey.

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This is what we have planted in our garden:

Tomatoes:

  • Bush Early Girl
  • Royesta
  • Yellow Pear
  • Mr. Stripey
  • Black Prince
  • Green Zebra
  • Black Cherry

Herbs:

  • Black Opal Basil
  • Genovese basil
  • Lemon Basil
  • Dill
  • Lemon Creeping Thyme
  • Oregano

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Ancho Poblano Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet Bicolor Corn
  • Walla Walla Onions
  • Ozark Beauties Strawberries
  • Eversweet Strawberries
  • Armenian Cucumbers
  • Cucumbers
  • Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkins

What’s going on in your garden this week? Have you made any great recipes with your fresh produce or planted something new? I’d love to hear about it!

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GrowCookEat Announcement: I am currently accepting Garden Tour guest posts from readers. If you are interested in giving us a virtual tour of your garden through photos, slideshow, or video please email me at goodlife.eats[at]yahoo[dot]com for more information. Thanks!

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JUN
30

Sharpen Your Knives with KnifeSpa {giveaway}

Giveaway, Kitchen Gifts | 106 comments

knife spa giveaway for knife sharpening

And the winners are: Sharper, Valerie, queenoftheclick, Cass, and Sarah. Please email me ASAP and I will get your prize to you. Congrats! About a year and a half ago I finally invested in a nice set of knives. And when I say invested, I mean that I asked for them for Christmas. They’ve been [...]

JUN
28

Evo Conference + USWM Giveaway Winner

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evo conference park city

3 days in Park City for Evo Conference was not enough. It is so beautiful up there! My brain is still processing everything, but I wanted to share some photos and a few thoughts with you from the conference. It was an amazing experience an I really appreciate US Wellness Meats for sponsoring me so [...]

JUN
25

GrowCookEat: Tips for Tomato Success {guest post}

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tips for growing tomatoes

I’m in Utah at Evo Conference right now, so today I have a great gardening guest post from Katie Kimball to share with you! I love Katie’s method for watering tomatoes, that is definitely something I am going to try next year. Katie Kimball blogs at Kitchen Stewardship, where she gives baby steps to balancing [...]

JUN
21

US Wellness Meats and Evo Conference {giveaway}

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filet mignon recipe

Allow me to introduce you to the newest sponsor of goodLife {eats}: US Wellness Meats. Yes, I’ve written about them before when I made this delicious recipe for Seared Filet with Mixed Herb Gremolata. But let’s recap what they’re all about just in case you don’t remember. US Wellness Meats is all about high quality [...]

JUN
18

GrowCookEat: Grilled Baby Artichokes with Lemon

Grilled Vegetables, Grilling, Side Dish, Vegetables | 4 comments

grilled baby artichokes

I planted two artichoke plants in our garden. I love artichokes but they are always so expensive here. Occasionally they will go on sale, but most often they are a few dollars each and that just seems crazy! I can’t wait till my plant starts producing some, which I’m guessing probably won’t be until next [...]