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Ya know…I kinda miss this place and all of you wonderful readers. I just went through the comments pages—-good GRIEF there was a ton of spam in there! I’m sorry if any of you had to suffer through any of it to get the the real comments on the posts. I’ve deleted most of the spammy comments. (I hope!)

I don’t know how many of you are members of Pinterest, but that site has really gotten me back into the kitchen (not that I left, really, more like fell into a creative rut) and trying new things and coming up with new ideas. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many bacon recipes and drinks and desserts, and blog links all together in one spot! lol Needless to say, I spend a lot of time there. hehe

This year I also started a little container garden on our patio. Here in the middle of the city, we don’t really have yards, but we are very fortunate to have a decent sized patio, where we keep most of the canaries, the turtle, and the pergola for summer dining. :) It’s about 2 by 3 meters (yards) total, and the ginormous grill is in the center of it, so that leaves little space for much else. That’s probably a good thing, though, as I’ve been learning what *not* to do and tending to various pest/disease issues that have come up over the course of the summer. Stupid white flies and aphids! grrr! I am quite proud of the lemon and nectarine trees, though….so far so good and keeping my fingers crossed!

The cherry tomatoes are thriving, and I think I’ll actually plant more of those soon. The first crop of zucchini looked great, but the female blossoms dried up and fell off, so we’re on to round 2, in a much bigger pot.

Green beans, peppers (especially the cayennes) and snow peas did fairly well, and I was able to harvest and eat vegetables that I grew in my own garden! I’ve also got loads of fresh herbs that seem to be doing alright—well, except for the oregano. I don’t know why it’s dying. Aphids killed my spearmint (thugs), and some disgusting green worms did a number on the basil, too. The rosemary, lavender, chives, thyme, dill and garlic are doing great, though.

One pleasant surprise is the artichoke plant. It’s growing from seed and is quite large already, though according to sources on the net I shouldn’t expect to harvest anything the first year. That’s ok, it’s a gorgeous plant as it is.

Do you guys have any experience with container gardening? I’d love your tips and tricks for success.

Remember this guy?

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Who Says You Can’t Have an Orchard in the City?

Wouldja look at that succulent beauty?

So, one of the things we did on my recent birthday was to go to a local nursery. 

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