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Hot Peppers: Celebrating the Habañero and Jalapeno Pepper!

Habañero, jalapeno, Red...HOT... PEPPERS!
Hot Peppers...What's your favorite variety? An excessive amount of hot pepper plants seem to find their way into my garden each and every year.
What can I say...
Not only do I enjoy growing any variety of hot pepper really, 
I also LOVE to eat them!


In this year's garden, my intention was to keep things small, or at least, simple.
Sure! Simple I may have kept things... 
But the 'garden' just kept stretching.

Sooooo... What's your favorite variety of hot pepper?Do you like your hot peppers SUPER hot, or more on the mildly spicy side?
Do you prefer the heat of the habañero or hop of a jalapeno? Where do your tastebuds land in the Scoville Heat Scale /aff?

Not sure? Here's 20 Different Types of Peppers and Their Delicious Uses found at Epicurious.com for you to explore.
"If you can't take the heat, steer clear of the garden!"

Ramblings of a Rabbit

[UPDATE: 8.29.2020] The summer has always been my favorite time of the year, mostly because of the availability of a large variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs.
I have so many childhood memories that lie within the rows of a cherry orchard, a stand of apple trees or stealing the peas from my mother‘s vegetable garden.
Growing up in an area of the world with a lengthy growing season and a desirable climate, fruit farms and ground crops used to be found lining the roads, filling the fields, and trailing up the mountainsides...

Today, vineyards and suburban housing developments take place in many of these areas. 
Today, much of the fruit and vegetables that arrive in our grocery stores and markets are imported from far away countries. 
I often wonder how this all really makes sense. 
Of course, there are certain fruits and veggies that can only be grown in specific areas. 
Importing this produce makes sense! 
Coming from an area as I have though, I find it rather disappointing to be buy…

From a Meadow, Grew a Garden

As a young child, just beginning to learn about and see all the miracles that occur every day in Nature, I would travel past the backyard vegetable garden and past the chicken coup...
It was very much on the borderline of “too far from the house”, as our parents would recite on a daily basis. 
However, hidden among some trees at the back of the yard was my 'secret place', the place where 'magic' happened!

Adventurous and daring as children often are, no matter what I was told, I had to see what was hidden behind those trees.

Breaking through the wall of evergreen boughs that scratched my bare arms and face, there, a secluded meadow that lay behind the trees.

At first, all I saw was a rocky barren hillside. 
After standing there for a moment, minuscule flecks of colors began to pop out from behind rocks and under sticks.

This meadow was not barren ground at all, but a luscious garden of miniature flowers.
If I had been any older, or further away from the ground, I wonder…

A Beginner's Guide to starting seeds indoors!

In every seed, rests a plant just waiting for its moment to shine brightly in the warm sun. From this plant, come more seeds that return back to the soil, to begin the process all over again.

It is in this basic essence and connection of a plant, and the garden, that my passion for plants, and gardening, became firmly rooted.

New to the 'grows' of starting a bountiful, edible garden?

Simply looking for a few new tips to help start your garden seeds AND plants off on the right... garden path?
A Beginner's Guide to starting seeds indoors!  Many vegetable garden seeds prefer to be started in the warmth of the indoors, be it the confines of the greenhouse (when available) or a brightly light, warm, dry space inside the house. This is where most seedlings will start the best!

With that being said, pre-planning is a very important aspect of every vegetable garden. If these seeds are not started early enough, your seed planting success plan will be turned into a complete waste o…

The Sprouts of A Garden, A Sprinkle of Historical Reflection.

My love for plants and gardening first began when I was a young child.

The miracle of a little shoot growing from a seed, the blades of grass popping up in the lawn and the delicate plant sprouts arriving in the garden every spring, was amazing to me.

From there, my respect, fascination, and admiration for everything Mother Nature provides for us, grew. Why blog about a garden? Well, there are a few reasons. Garden. Plant. Grow. Eat sprouted from my concern with the food that we grow and eat.

What a great way to share ideas and learn from the many talented and knowledgeable organic gardeners, landscape designers and home growing foodies there are around the world.

This atmosphere of knowledge available to green thumbs and fingertips of today is absolutely astounding! Bringing my love of writing into the equation, a garden blog just seemed inevitable.
I made a decision, about five years ago, that I was changing the way I live. To cut a long story short, simplify. Find a garden, plant …

150+ Amazing Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps! This is one of those healthy cooking recipes I will be sure to save. Zucchini recipes have been on my mind quite a bit recently. I have been shredding, slicing, freezing, baking zucchini casseroles, chocolate zucchini muffins, zucchini bread, trying all sorts of ideas to subdue the season’s surplus from my mother’s garden.


I never particularly liked zucchini… I ate them anyway, but they were never a part of the meal I enjoyed.

Baked chips are such a great idea. Here's the dish! I'm still saving this one for later...  Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (Recipe by Ellie Krieger/ FoodNetwork.com)
The last zucchini of the year just arrived. The sucker is nearly twice the size of the last one my mother gave me. Recently, I tried zucchini muffins, which ended up being more of a chocolate, zucchini, banana, and raisin muffin/ cake creation. I guess that would be a cupcake, now wouldn't it. Regardless of the name, they were yummy! I cannot say they were “healthy”, by…