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I’m usually very busy at work. Very, very busy. Oh my god, I’m so busy. But every once in a while, I’m a little less busy and then I spend my time searching for things like pictures of balcony container gardens.

It was during one of those (rare) less busy moments that I stumbled upon the Biggest Little Garden in Town program in New Westminster. What is the Biggest Little Garden in Town and where the heck is New Westminster you ask?

Well, New Westminster is in Canada, about a 45 minute drive from Vancouver and the Biggest Little Garden in Town is this awesome looking three-tiered number.

Biggest Little Garden

Lots of planting room, very small footprint. Perfect for balconies, decks and non-dirt garden spaces of all kinds. And the best part? In New Westminster you can get these puppies for free through a community services program that is encouraging people in apartments to grow their own food.

Intrigued? All your questions will be answered in this happy little article I wrote about it for the Los Angeles Times’ Home section.

That’s right, this enterprising lady turned a work break into work.

HOLLA!

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Boy was I proud of my cauliflower. I probably grinned extra wide for a good three days because I grew actual cauliflower, despite the lack of good sun conditions here at My Patio Farm.

So why didn’t I harvest it? I don’t know. I just didn’t. Maybe I thought it would get bigger. Maybe I got busy. Maybe I just forgot about it. And then, before I knew it, my gorgeous cauliflower turned into this spindly nonsense:

Overgrown cauliflower

So much for that. But at least I’ll know better next year. Learning!

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Oh arugula. You know I love you. But what am I going to do with you?

Arugula is my favorite green. It’s a fact! But my husband doesn’t like it, so it doesn’t feel right to make arugula salad every night. But there it was, growing like a delicious weed on the patio farm, putting every other green to shame. So, what to do? I racked my brain and then I remembered: Arugula pesto!

Here’s what we did. (And by “we” I mean “Eric.” I think I was busy making ice cream or something).

Arugala Pesto Step 1

1. Take about 2 cups of arugula and put it in a Cuisinart with 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, the zest of a lemon, some walnuts,  Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper, and of course, olive oil.

Arugula Pesto, step 2

2. Blend.

Arugula Pesto, Step 3

3. Box it up and put it in the freezer for later. (Unless you want to eat it now).

Ed note: This recipe was inspired by the “Gnocchi di patate con pesto di rucola a noci” recipe in a cookbook called Trattoria by Maxine Clark. I wish I was a recipe inventing whiz, but I’m kind of a by the book kind of girl. I like instruction.

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