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FRUIT HARVEST

FRUIT HARVEST

Signs of Summer – Fruit harvest Posted on May 28, 2012     All of the fruit trees at CasaLana are loaded with fruit – cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, pears, apples and cycles of fruit harvest will begin very soon. But the fruit harvest that excites me the most is the abundance of early figs I see.  There are two harvests of figs each year –…

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Summer Favorites Harvest

Summer Favorites Harvest

Abundance of Harvest Posted on August 3, 2012   July 2012 marked 13 years since I opened CasaLana. Part of my attraction to the property was the grove of fruit trees – apricot, apple (5), fig (6), peach, pear, plum and cherry – all summer favorites. I’ve noticed over the years that the trees have a really abundant yield every other year. Well, this year…

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Summer in Full Swing

Summer in Full Swing

The early signs of an abundant garden harvest are evident.The summer bounty of fresh vegetables is in full swing at Gourmet Retreats and is being used in classes. It is beginning of June and there are already ripe tomatoes (cherry type), lots of green larger variety tomatoes, plenty of squash, peppers and lettuces. What a joy to walk to the…

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Pest Control Plants and Flowers

Pest Control Plants and Flowers

There are so many beautiful flowers that can enhance the beauty of your garden. Besides adding color and beauty many also have beneficial qualities such as being a natural pest control – some act as a trap plant for pests and thereby save your vegetables and herbs from being devoured. I plant Marigolds in areas that are prone to earwigs…

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Preserving Summer Bounty

Preserving Summer Bounty

I am happy to report that this has truly been a bumper crop year for the garden at CasaLana. Lettuces were spectacular, greens are showing their ‘fall’ vigor. It’s early November and I still have lots of delicious tomatoes and peppers to use fresh for a couple more weeks. They will be preserved by dehydrating, oven-roasting, pickling and making sauces…

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