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:  askjoy@joyinthegarden.com
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.


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35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carl
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 14:54:22

    Well this looks great, well one more of the hundred questions I ask of you. you came to my house in the spring to take a look up in Hooper and things are going well and now we are getting ready for fall what is the best thing I can do for my yard to keep looking great?


    • Joy
      Sep 28, 2010 @ 10:42:50

      Hi Carl,
      Each of your trees will need a slow, deep watering towards the end of October, and if the weather stays warm enough that the ground isn’t frozen, one more deep watering around Thanksgiving. The lawn should have an application of slow release fertilizer around the middle of October. Should it actually rain or even snow, the fertilizer can be put down 2 or 3 weeks later. Most brands of fertilizer carry a ‘winterizer’ formulation for this time of year.
      Put about 2 inches of compost over all the planting beds, but keep it at least 2 inches from the trunks of your trees. You may want to consider putting down some Corn Gluten before the compost. That will help keep any early germinating weeds in check.
      Finally, the evergreens that may have trouble with some winter scorch should be sprayed with an anti-dessicant like WiltPruf when the temperatures are about 45 degrees during the day.
      Happy Growing,
      Joy in the Garden


      • Carl
        Sep 28, 2010 @ 15:14:24

        Thanks for letting me know about the yard now the garden questions? So now that the garden is almost done and I have me compost to put back into the soil before winter is there anything like more nitrogen, or stuff like that to put in the ground before winter im new at the garden thing and just want a good crop next year a nabor said potash? but it seams like every one has there own ideas so then I guess I turn to you thanks again for the info.


    • Joy
      Oct 02, 2010 @ 12:58:05

      Hi Jeanne,
      It just might be that you have a single crop variety and by cutting back every year you are removing the canes that would have borne berries the next year. Try leaving the raspberry canes this fall and next spring to grow without restriction. Then get back to me around the end of June and let’s go from there.
      Happy Growing,
      Joy in the Garden


      • Jeanne Jensen
        Oct 03, 2010 @ 12:40:29

        Thanks so much. I’ll try that.


  2. Jeanne Jensen
    Oct 02, 2010 @ 10:04:18

    I’ve had a 10′ X 2′ box garden of raspberries for 8 years now, and I get about
    one cup of berries. They have shade in the morning and late afternoon, and I
    am watering with a drip system. The bushes are always 3-4′ tall. I always cut
    them back to about 6-10″ every fall or spring. I’d like some advice on what I need to do. I’ve also used nutri-mulch every spring for the past 2-3 years.


  3. Emily Saddler
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 12:30:58

    Hi Joy,

    I have a question about my Meyer lemon tree. I thought I killed it this winter by not giving it enough water. All the leaves dried up and fell off. In my attempt to revive it I put it in a sunnier window (south facing) and started watering around 2 times a week. Not to wet, not to dry. To my surprise it started growing again, leaves and now small buds. The only problem is, is that the buds won’t open, it’s like they stopped growing all of the sudden. Wondering if I need to fertilize or add more water? Not really sure what to do.

    Thanks, Emily


    • Joy
      Jan 14, 2011 @ 18:58:48

      Let the little lemon tree dry out between waterings but fertilize just after the next watering. My last lemon is ripe now and the new flower buds and new little leaves are starting to grow! Keep it in the brighter location and be on the look out for Spider Mites and Scale. Either or both will stop the new growth and kill of what has already grown.


    • Joy
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 09:10:41

      Hi Emily, have you tried checking for small insects? Scale and Mealy Bugs are particularly attracted to citrus in our homes. One of the best clues that indicate an infestation is a shiny, sticky top surface of the leaves. Next, check the leaf petioles for what looks like little teeny tufts of cotton – those would Mealy Bugs. Scale looks like miniature brown tortoise shells stuck to the vein of the leaves and the young stems. Let me know if you spot either one.


  4. doug humphreys
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 09:56:20

    I dont see the down load for randale songs ?


  5. Natalie Pope
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 21:21:36

    Joy, I heard you recommending houseplants on the show yesterday, and I think you recommended a palm tree of some type, but I missed what it was exactly. I like what you described about it, though, how it cleans toxins. I heard that it needed the pebble tray to provide some humidity, etc. What plant was that?


    • Joy
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 09:02:24

      Any of the small palms do an excellent job cleaning the air but the highest ranking are: Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) and the Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii), which has an exceptionally high transpiration rate and needs constant moisture. The next two plants with the high rankings are the Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta) and Dracena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena deremensis)


  6. Wade
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 10:31:52

    Is it too early to transplant rasberry starts from my nieghbors garden to mine. I asked you on your program last fall and you said “no” to a late fall transplant, wait till early spring…we have had some warm days is it time now?


    • Joy
      Feb 15, 2011 @ 12:26:39

      Hi Wade! You can transplant as soon as you can work your soil. If you have heavy clay soil, it is probably still too soon. Try taking a handful of soil from about 4-5 inches down and squeeze it in your hand. Does water run between your fingers? Does it sit there like a, well, like a lump of wet clay? It is too early to be digging about. If the soil crumbles like a chocolate cake; if it crumbles when you drop it to the ground then you can dig away and get the raspberries into your garden.
      If the canes are over 4-5 feet tall, cut them back to about 4 feet before you dig them up.


  7. Adam R.
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 16:07:42

    Hi Joy,
    I was listening to your show last weekend (by way of comment, you do a fantastic job stirring up all those pre-gardening jitters inside to pump us up for the coming spring. Truly you are a “Gardener Cheerleader” 🙂 and heard you talking about an expo or farmers’ market where one can go and trade/buy/sell seeds. However, if your weekends are as busy as mine then you will surely understand why that particular piece of information did not find its way to sink its claws into my memory. If you have the time, would you please be a doll and let me know where I can place myself to attend one of these.
    P.S. I just bought your book and I love it. Only constructive criticism I have is I wish you would have put a diagram or maybe a little note about starting plants early by way of lighting. I know you’ve talked about this before and I’m sure I can figure it out. I’m just one of these people who have limited imagination and really thrive on instructions and many pictures. 🙂 otherwise you did a fantastic job and am glad you are a part of this great Utah community.
    Adam R.


  8. Adam
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 21:30:09

    I heard you talking about a farmers market/expo where one can go to buy/sell/trade seeds. I was wondering if I could get that information again.
    P.S. I just got your book and I am loving every bit of it. By way of comment, I was wondering if the next book you produce could have a section/diagram showing a good indoor lighting set-up to start one’s seeds early. I know you’ve talked about this and I’m sure I could find it out on-line but I hold your opinion highly and am one of these people who thrive on instructions and many many pictures. 🙂
    Thanks again and keep up the “Gardener Cheerleader” to help motivate all of us.
    Adam R.


    • Joy
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 08:52:38

      Thanks for the kind words! the Seed Exchange was a couple of weeks ago – in Ogden and we went to see what it was like. This was their first stab at such an event. There were a couple of glitches but it was fun to meet people and see the seeds they had for trade. I’ll try to mention any other seed exchanges I hear about, and perhaps there will be a Second Annual Exchange next year!


  9. Marilyn B.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:48:30

    I picked up the end of your response to a caller on Saturday about tilling/not tilling a vegetable garden before planting seeds or plants. Could you repeat that for me, please. Also, if you do till is it okay to put in manure in as you till? We read your 2010 book and didn’t find out any of this in there. My husband learned this method from his father who had a huge vegetable garden in California many years ago. We also have some raised beds and wonder if you recommend particular vegetables which do better in a raised bed. Thank you . Marilyn B.


    • Joy
      Apr 01, 2011 @ 19:36:26

      Along the Wasatch Front we do not have topsoil – nor will we ever! It takes humidity, rainfall, and much natural organic matter that decays and forms topsoil. We have top dirt. Unlike other parts of the country it is essential for us to ‘grow our soil’ and that means not only continually adding organic matter, but also encouraging all the micro and macro organisms that help our plants and soil. Recent studies have shown that the ‘no-till’ gardening methods allows mycorrhizae to growth in conjunction with the tiny root hairs of plants. Tilling disrupts this connection, weakening the plants ability to absorb nutrients – to compensate for this, more and more fertilizer (usually chemical) is needed to maintain fertility. The fertilizers, basically salts, also kill off the microorganisms thus continuing the downward spiral of the health of the soil.
      Manure, very well composted, is a good addition of organic material. I think all veggies do better in raised beds!


  10. Sue
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 05:43:48

    Dear Joy,
    I have questions concerning trench composting. I came to a lecture of yours a few months back and you mentioned trench composting taking the place of standard composting…and rats. I keep wanting to compost, am a novice, and so have decided to give trench composting (tc) a try. After reading on the web about tc, there are varying depths of the trench (the depth of the top of the shovel to 18″ or more).
    **Could you be very explicit in how deep to dig the trench?
    **How many inches of stuff do I put in before burying?
    **Do I try to fill all the trench before filling it in or do I do a small part and then bury it?
    **Can I put in grass clippings?
    **Newpapers and shredded correspondence?
    **Layer or just toss in as it comes?
    **What all can I put in it?
    **Do I add any granual fertilizer or stuff?
    **After a year, for preparation of planting; do I dig it up and use it around the garden, till it in place, or leave it and just move the soil above it?

    Thank you. I enjoy your Saturday morning show.


    • Joy
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 21:34:36

      I recommend 8-10 inches in depth and about the same width. Dig only a couple of feet at a time or as much as you have material to fill (less likely for someone to step into an open ditch). Combine as many ‘ingredients’ as you can and fill to about 3/4 full and then cover with soil from the trench. Dig a couple more feet and repeat. No need to be technical in the mixing – Grass clippings layered with other ‘stuff’ are great. I don’t recommend just filling the trench with clippings. Shredded paper, again, layered with a mixture of other organic material should be fine. The layers can be from a skiff to 3 inches or so deep. There shouldn’t be any need for fertilizer. Next year just cultivate that area as usual – it should be fine to plant there.


  11. Suzzi Williams
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 10:46:19

    Hi, I have a ?….we have a serpantine flowering cherry tree, it began to come out after the winter with bright green leaves on several branches, then it turned cold again and now the poor thing just appears to be dead….there are several “saplings” coming out at the base of the trunk that are bright green but nothing else on the tree….is there anything that can be done to help her? We have done a treatment and I beleive that is what helped the saplings!


    • Joy
      Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:29:30

      The little saplings are coming from a rootstock that is most likely an entirely different type of flowering cherry. Sorry about that, but your original tree is a gonner.


  12. MaryKate
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 14:34:07

    I just wanted to tell you that I love that you tell me what to do and when to do it. I’ve also LOVED your book. I’m a novice gardener and you are helping me learn my way. THANK you for sharing your talent.

    that’s all and happy gardening to you.



    • Joy
      Jul 27, 2011 @ 14:48:00

      Thank you MaryKate! And Happy Growing to you, too.


  13. Sarah
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:16:29

    I planted 4 Japanese honeysuckle bushes during July. They no longer have flowers or blooms. Is that normal or am I water too much or not enough? I have a drip system and they are each receiving 2 gallons an hour every 2-3 days. Thanks for taking the time. Sarah


    • Joy
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 11:01:24

      It is most likely transplant shock. But also too much water. Without leaves the bushes use very little water.


  14. Carla
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 18:20:23

    Joy, I have a house plant question. I have a peace lilly I received for mothers day this year. After a couple of months some leaves started turning yellow, then brown, one leaf at a time. I usually have two leaves dying at any given time, but in different stages. Other leaves are green. I cut the dead leaf down to an inch from the soil. I only have a few leaves left on the plant now. I water once a week. It is kept in indirect light near window on north side of my house. Was in center of south side room on dining room table when problem started. What can I do to save this plant?


    • Joy
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:59:58

      This plant needs very little water but it should NOT be soft water and if possible, no fluoride. Light level needs are very low – it is one houseplant that can thrive in dim corners of your house. You can trim the browning edges to keep it looking tidy. And make sure it has good drainage. No fertilizer after the end of October. Start ‘feeding’ again next February


  15. Britney
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 20:13:44

    Hi joy,
    I have a garden that was originally 20’x 34′. I have only gardened for about 2 years. This last year we realised we weren’t usuing very much of what we grew so we decided to donate it to local s helt ers and soup kitchens. Because we enjoyed doing so we have expanded our garden to 20’x50’… I want my garden and yard to look beautifully but I am at a loss of what to do with it now. Do u offer any layout or design tips? Thanks, Britney from ROY, Ut


    • Joy
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:55:53

      Hi Britney,
      I’m tickled at your success and your sharing the harvest. I do consultations to help with just those things. This fall is closing quickly, my last appointments will be next week. You can email me, askjoy@joyinthegarden.com and we can discuss details.


  16. garmin 1490t
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 08:45:44

    Thank you for these kinds of a great blog. In which else could one get this kind of info written in these kinds of an incite full way? I have a presentation that I am just now working on, and I have been looking for such information.


    • Joy
      Jan 05, 2012 @ 10:07:18

      Thank You!!!


  17. Ruth
    May 17, 2012 @ 14:49:00

    Is it too late to have pear and apple trees pollinated? Does it only work to tie the branches on when there are blossoms?


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