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Thank you, KLO!  Starting March 16, Joy in Your Garden will be the new gardening show on Saturday mornings.  Broadcasting from 8 to 9 am, you can find us on 103.1 FM and simulcast on 1430 AM.     Ah hui hou!


Both books, Joy in Your Garden and The Incredible, Edible Landscape are available.  YOU CAN ORDER NOW!!  Click on Books tab (above) for details.

Rhonda Leigh’s music is still available for mp3 download – just email me:

Check the Calendar for information on the Parade of Ponds, August 10 & 11th.

 Joy in the Garden now partners with KLO for a Saturday morning garden show.  We will air at 8 am on 1430 AM  and  103.1 FM    Call in number is 866 627-1430

Please spread the word to everybody about this terrific change.  I’ll see you on the radio, and please call in so I know you found Joy in Your Garden once more.

At a recent UNLA Midwinter Conference, I included these quotes in a presentation for our members:

unla quotes, 2013




Rhonda Leigh left a great legacy and part of that legacy are these two songs, graciously shared with us by her family: 02 We Could 01 Jambalaya
Email for mp3 downloads of these songs:
Start children early in the garden and the garden center – making choices, planting and watching the little seedlings emerge will create lasting memories of the garden and the parent or grandparent who is lucky enough to work with the little hands.

Mama, are you sure these are the best peas?

My how time flies and gardens grow and grandchildren just keep getting better and better!

Grandma’s favorite flowers




3 eggs                                                                                                                             1 C. oil                                                                                                                              2 C. sugar                                                                                                                      2 C. Green Tomato Puree (add a small amount of water if needed)                           1 T Vanilla                                                                                                                         3 C. Flour                                                                                                                          1/2 tsp salt      1 C. chopped nuts (optional)                                                                        1 C. raisins (optional)

Mix eggs, oil, and sugar. Add green tomato puree and vanilla.                                Sift dry ingredients together and add to other ingredients.                                           Add nuts and /or raisins if desired.

Grease and Flour two 9×5 loaf pans. Divide batter evenly and pour into pans.                                                                                                                                                                                Bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes

**** The Joy in the Garden far-from-official test kitchen tried this recipe recently and it makes a very pleasant sweet bread that has a mild citrus-like “tang” to it. Great way to use those green tomatoes!!! No, the loaf doesn’t end up green…it’s a lovely golden yellow. Two spoons way up! ++

The JIG test kitchen has also noted, along with several other “test kitchens” that a leavening agent is not in the original recipe (we aren’t sure why, maybe we received the recipe incorrectly). After several experiments (using anywhere from 1 to 3 tsp of baking powder), adding 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder seems to be the correct amount to bring a lovely texture (lighter than pound cake, heavier than sponge cake) to this otherwise heavy bread. The batter is quite runny but does not, in our humble opinion, require any extra flour.


Mini choc. chips= a sweet dessert cake

Pecans= very nutty flavored

Raisins = chewy, great if you like raisins, I like dry Currents better.

Lime zest = wow, my favorite! I used 1/2 tsp. for a small loaf. – My son says he likes the ‘crust’ best so small loaves increase the crust area. He also says it is great as a ‘coffee cake’…..he doesn’t dunk, just eats [the bread] with [the coffee].

GREEN TOMATO BREAD TIPS FROM LISTENERS: Freezing the puree ahead of time will save you from having the green tomatoes ripen on your counter top while you wait for the spare time to make this treat. If you freeze the puree in 2 cup quantities it will be pre-measured and ready to go for a batch of bread.  Just whir the green tomatoes in a blender (a food processor would probably work, too) with little or no added liquid.


Rhonda Leigh’s music

Hello fellow gardeners! I noticed some people are having trouble downloading the Rhonda Leigh mp3 songs that Joy has so graciously posted here.
In order to download the song, you will need to:
1) Right click on the song download link where it says “01 Jambalaya” or “02 We Could” (depending on which song page you are on).
2) In the right click menu, choose the option that says, “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” or “Download Linked File” or “Download Linked File As” (depending on which web browser you’re using)
3) This will then save the song in an .mp3 format to a destination on your computer that you designate. The default destination is usually your My Documents folder on your computer’s hard drive, but you can change that to wherever you want.

Joy in the Garden for Nov 27, 2010