cheese tomato chives omelette
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Cheese Omelette with Garden Fresh Tomatoes and Chives

We planted tomatoes just a few months ago in our garden, and they're coming up beautifully. The first batch has begun ripening, and I've brought in the ones that have turned red. Our chives are also very healthy, and I snipped the top of the plant to add to an omelette with the tomatoes and… Continue reading Cheese Omelette with Garden Fresh Tomatoes and Chives

basil parsley Fiji garden
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Tropical Garden Starters

We have a lush garden in our yard in Fiji. I can't take credit for it. Our gardener has been working the yard for many years, and previous tenants have installed their own touches. Before we moved to Fiji, we imagined being able to eat from our garden. After we arrived, we started small by… Continue reading Tropical Garden Starters

green papaya salad
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Green Papaya Salad

The first papaya tree that our gardener planted is growing beautifully. It's already starting to bear medium to large fruit. Being able to eat from your garden is so satisfying. To see something edible growing in your home, to experience both its beauty and its practicality, is a wonder. We've got several more papaya trees… Continue reading Green Papaya Salad

Coleus
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Planting Coleus

We have a lot of coleus growing in our tropical garden. This is one of my faves because the plant's spring green and mauve colors make it stand out. During growth spurts, it shoots out thin flowering stalks that bloom a lovely lavender. I recently pulled up a planting from a pot that was getting… Continue reading Planting Coleus

young papaya tree Fiji fruit
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Growing Papaya

Our gardener planted some papaya seeds, and I'm amazed at how quickly a tree has grown from them. It's already about 7 ft. tall after less than half a year. The process is so simple: When you eat a papaya, scoop the black seeds out, give them time to dry, them plant them in the… Continue reading Growing Papaya