Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. I especially enjoy how cooking helps to bring my family closer together. Because of my love for cooking, I naturally have a passion for nutrition and fresh great tasting ingredients. I am always searching and trying out new recipes that I find. Below is a growing collection of links to the recipes that I want to share with you, along with some other cooking tips and ideas. I am adding something every week, so check back regularly.

Blackberries in May

By Donna Bruce, RN In the desert, May is the month that many of our fruit trees show signs of the promise of the fruit to come. But berries are few and far between here in our alkaline soil. Most berries like moist spongy acidic soil. I do have a huge strawberry patch...

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Taking Care of Your Seedlings

By Donna Bruce, RN March in the Arizona desert garden marks the time for transplanting our seedlings from the pot to the garden. Whether you started your little seeds in a pot yourself, or bought a seedling at the nursery; this post is for you. In order to coax our...

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Observation in My March Garden

By Donna Bruce, RN It is warming up. I am placing the shade cloth over the winter/spring vegetable beds to extend their harvest. Though they are sun lovers, the brassicas do not like the way that the desert sun starts to turn up the intensity in March and April. We...

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Tomato Planting Time in February

By Donna Bruce, RN While most parts of the country are waiting ‘til May or June to plant their tomatoes; here in the desert we need to get them in the ground as soon as possible before the June heat causes blossom drop. Though there are some of us who start our seeds...

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Grapefruit in February

By Donna Bruce, RN It has been 18 months since we moved to this farm property. It was part of the original Sunkist orange orchard from the 1940’s. The orange trees were in different stages of dying.  We were able to save about twenty. Other than a dying lemon tree,...

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Strawberries in February

By Donna Bruce, RN For years I have been in search of the elusive “organic” Strawberry. If you are a gardener, you know why commercial farmers use pesticides and herbicides on their crops. Strawberries do not ripen further once picked, so they must stay on the vine in...

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Bok Choy in January

By Donna Bruce, RN January is the month with the largest variety of vegetables to harvest. The only problem is, we Arizona desert rats hate to go outside into the freezing tundra to harvest our vegetables. Humor me for a minute though, our two weeks of winter will be...

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Turnips in January

By Donna Bruce, RN Turnips have a place in my winter garden every year. I plant them in September and I start harvesting some of the greens in November. But January is the month that I can grab the leaves at the base and give a light tug and out comes the root. We...

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Lettuce In January

By Donna Bruce, RN Yes, folks that’s right. During the coldest part of the month, my garden happily produces several different kinds of lettuce. There was a time when I grew 16 different kinds. Now I just do a few.  We love both red and green romaine. Black seeded...

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Have Orange will Travel

By Donna Bruce, RN I know that this is not vegetable garden related… But I have 20ish healthy “Arizona Sweet” orange trees on my property. They truly are the sweetest oranges I have ever eaten and boy; are they juicy! January in the Arizona desert is citrus time....

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Cilantro Replaces Basil in December

By Donna Bruce, RN Woe is me, my basil is gone. Basil likes the warm weather and is very heat tolerant. But now that the night time temps are dipping below 50; I will not be harvesting its fresh fragrant leaves from my garden. While I was lamenting over basil’s...

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Beets in December

By Donna Bruce, RN Well actually; if you started planting beets back in September—you should be harvesting beets at different stages ever since the end of October. I finished digging up the last of the large beets in May. But right now, we are enjoying baby beet-lets....

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