Browse my most recent Garden Maven posts

Good Luck Black-Eyed Peas

Jan 1, 2013 / By Serena
Posted in Garden Maven / Good Ideas / Places / Recipes / San Francisco Bay Area
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Happy New Year! Time for some black-eyed peas! They’ve been eaten since Babylonian times as a good luck food and as I dug around for recipes, it was hard… Read more»

Leaves of green: seasonal salad ingredients

Nov 19, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in DIY / Garden Maven / Good Ideas / Places / San Francisco Bay Area
edible fall leaves This time of year is such an alluring adjustment. As the season changes, I thin my closet of summer t-shirts, put away my flats of cans from the summers’… Read more»

A week (or two) in tomatoes

Sep 28, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in DIY / Garden Maven / Good Ideas / Places / San Francisco Bay Area
jump for joy! my san marzanos! Ah September, the time of year when the tastiest tomatoes abound. The soil has its last hurrah of dry sturdiness before the dewy mornings of fall, and the strained vines give… Read more»

Beef in an ideal world, a follow up

True Grass ranchers Last week, after attending the “It’s Complicated” talk about beef at Oliveto, a famous Bay Area Italian restaurant, and going to the International Heirloom Exposition, I’ve got more to… Read more»

Urban Farm Tours in Oakland

Jun 1, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in DIY / Garden Maven / Good Ideas
artichokes and baby fruit trees learning to espalier To the growing number of city-dwelling farmer hopefuls, Oakland is like Hollywood. Check out any decent bookstore’s gardening section and you’ll trace many worthy titles back to this city,… Read more»