About Patricia Larenas

Patricia Larenas Patricia Larenas is a writer and gardener living in Silicon Valley doing her part to heal the planet, one garden at a time. She left her career in the tech sector to dig in the dirt full time and help others create and enjoy their edible landscapes. Read more at her web site: urbanartichoke.com.



Author Archives: Patricia Larenas

A Green Gem of a Tomato: the Malakhitovaya Shkatulka

August 27th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

Like legions of gardeners across the country I'm always on the lookout for a tasty tomato to grow. The open-pollinated Malakhitovaya Shkatulka is my favorite from this summer's harvest - indeed, it's a real gem, true to its name


Sharing Seeds with a Seed Swap

August 20th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

You don’t need to be an expert gardener to participate in a seed swap. All you need is some saved seeds and the willingness to share them, and get free seeds in return!


Making Sherbet with Homegrown Strawberries

August 13th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

If I’m going to eat something with sugar and dairy in it, it may as well be made with high quality ingredients, in other words, homegrown and homemade. Try this easy three step sherbet recipe for amazing berry flavor


What is Sustainable Gardening?

August 6th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

Replacing an old juniper hedge with a beautiful flowering rosemary hedge that bees love is a good thing, right? In my sustainability analysis the juniper wins, and stays


Plan an Edible Gardens Tour

June 18th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

Seasoned gardeners know that besides getting your hands in the dirt, the best way to learn about gardening is from other gardeners. This summer, consider going on an edible gardens tour, even if you have to organize it yourself. Here's how...



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