Garden Journal2022-01-29T22:19:45-08:00

Zone 9b August Planting Guide

With the heat of August upon us, now is the time to begin preparation of our cool season garden. The hot summer sun brings hearty vegetable yields and flowers in full color! Now is a great time to ensure your garden is receiving sufficient water and that no garden pests have made their way to your precious plants. Consider placing an order for your cool season seeds from a local heirloom provider. Hardy vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale and radishes thrive in the cool season and the most dazzling varieties tend to sell out quickly!

Basil Plants: The 10 Best Varieties for Your Garden

Ready to add basil plants to your garden? Our guide of the 10 best varieties for Southern California will help get you started! From edible perennial options to the best plants for summer, this guide has a variety to bring beauty to your culinary garden.

Composting Methods: A Thorough Overview

Let the Heirloom Potager team help you set up the best composting solution for your home or business based on your composting goals, available space, lifestyle, and budget.

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

If spinach artichoke dip is a requested staple, you wont be disappointed with this healthier variation. Spinach artichoke hummus is a dairy-free, protein-rich full of fresh flavors (or pantry staples). Enjoy with warm flatbread, toasted crostini, carrots, steamed artichokes, and radishes.

Water-wise Edible Garden

Even with an ongoing drought in California, it’s possible to grow a productive and sustainable, organic food garden (or landscape - we design those too). No extreme methods are required to have a water-wise edible garden. If you’re not sure where to start, complete a garden inquiry form to schedule a garden consultation.

Mango Turmeric Hummus

One of my favorite fruit to enjoy is a decadent ripe mango. My mouth is watering just thinking about the sweet sticky juice and rich flesh. Combining mango with heart-healthy turmeric, this hummus recipe is a sweet version of the savory classic. Great as a stand alone option, I also enjoy pairing this hummus in protein bowls with quinoa, flaky fish, and lots of fresh veggies.

Chocolate Hummus

While hummus in our household is most often of the savory variety, the occasional sweet treat is always welcome. Full of protein and no processed sugar, chocolate hummus is one way to flip the script on all your previous ideas of what you can make with garbanzo beans. I added local honey, vanilla extract, and instant espresso powder for a rich dip that goes well with fresh strawberries, bananas, and of course your favorite cookie.

Five Garden Books for Chefs

Five Garden Books for Chefs: The Books Every Chef Needs in Their Library No Chef starts at the top. And for all the cooks working to become executive chefs, you have to be hungry for knowledge both in and out of the kitchen. For chefs looking to become legends,

What are Nasturtiums?

What are Nasturtiums? Nasturtiums are flowering plants that belong to the genus Tropaeolum. The most common variety is Tropaeolum majus, which is native to South America. They are commonly used in companion planting, also known as coplanting, to repel pests from other plants. The plant is also popular as

San Marzano Tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes are a variety of tomato that is native to the Sarno River Valley in Campania, Italy. The tomato was first mentioned in print in 1879, in Vincenzo Corrado's book La Cuciniera Napoletana. They are considered to be a superior type of tomato for making pasta sauce, as

Potager Salad Philosophy

At Heirloom Potager, we follow a simple philosophy to use fresh ingredients with pantry staples and a few classic recipes that enhance the best of the season. Follow our easy approach to creating delicious salad without fuss. We consider proteins as an additional item that can be added to enhance any salad, but it shouldn’t be the focus.

Lemon Garlic Hummus

Herb roasted garlic pairs with Yotam Ottolenghi's lemon paste for a savory combination on the classic hummus dip. The bright and concentrated flavor of the lemon paste elevates the hummus for a mouth-watering combination that is best served with fresh herbs and warm flatbread.

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