Paris, Provence, Patricia Wells

November 5, 2013

Patricia Wells has a new cookbook out, The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence. Last weekend, Owner and Founder, Susan McBeth’s Adventures by the Book hosted culinary legend Patricia Wells at Torrey Pines Lodge. Check out Adventures by the Book, you’ll never go to another regular book signing again. McBeth features […]

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Composting with Grape Pomace

October 29, 2013

I’m a firm believer in backyard composting. I love the idea of recycling what you have from your own garden, property, and kitchen scrapes into your own personal compost recipe. It is especially important to compost when you have backyard chickens. In fact, I really delve into this subject of backyard composting and backyard chickens […]

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Autumn Vintage Container

October 22, 2013

There is nothing like a vintage container with a beautiful “warn and warm” hue to fill for a simple autumn display. This is some sort of vintage bucket, which is big, and can be re-purposed for all kinds of objects that remind you of fall. I found the bucket on a whim at Gardenology. This […]

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Deborah Madison’s Book Signing at Chino Farm

October 7, 2013

                  If you love to grow and eat vegetables, you are going to love Deborah Madison’s new vegetable bible called, Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes. On Sunday, October 6, 2013, the world famous […]

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DDM Harvest & Bottling 2013

September 30, 2013

Here at Domaine de Manion we are especially grateful for the family and friends who help us harvest the grapes from the vines, sort the grapes before crushing, and share a delightful dish. This year, we had a bit of a heat wave right before our intended harvest, and so had to scramble and bring […]

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What I Am Reading These Days

August 31, 2013

If you are looking for help attracting more beautiful birds and butterflies into your garden, take a look at George Adams’ new book, Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard George Adams is not only the author, he is an artist including his pen and ink drawings, and contributing colorful photography, too. […]

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Viva Verbena!

August 21, 2013

My new favorite perennial plant is Verbena bonariensis, also known as Purpletop Vervain. I planted it in mass on one side of my courtyard next to my olive trees and white iceberg roses, and I have really been enjoying it. It is very low maintenance with high “plant appeal.” It is native to South American […]

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Clean as a Whistle

August 4, 2013

Don’t you wish sometimes you could freeze time? Like after you have just finished deep-cleaning your chicken coop. All the cobwebs are swept away, all of the old bedding has been removed, dust and dirt has been vacuumed out, and the entire chicken coop has been sprayed with Orange Guard. New bedding has been placed […]

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“N” is for Necessary Netting

July 22, 2013

It is the special time of year in our Syrah vineyard when the grapes begin to show their color and start their verasion process. Grapes turn from green and hard to the touch, to their first blush of color and softer to the touch. Verasion in our vineyard tells us we are about 8 weeks […]

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Gardening with Free-Range Chickens for Dummies

July 3, 2013

Hot off the press! My new book, Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies (For Dummies (Home & Garden)) with coauthor, Rob Ludlow of, is now available on amazon and in bookstores. You can order the book now from my right side bar below. Please tell all of your chicken-loving friends! Gardening with chickens is […]

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