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Late Bloomer Show has moved! It is no longer hosted by WordPress. Late Bloomer Show is now a full-service website, and I invite you all to come, visit, look around and download my FREE e-book, “10 Steps to a Great First Garden!”

Kaye's Late Bloomer E-Book

Kaye’s new e-book, “10 Steps to a Great First Garden” FREE at

18 pages of my colorful photos of veggies and critters, links, resources, and LBL’s, aka Late Bloomer Lessons, “10 Steps to a Great First Garden” is everything I’ve learned about growing food in my first year of gardening, distilled into one convenient downloadable PDF. All I need is your name and email address! Get it now!

I’ve been so busy since January with Season 2 of my web show “Late Bloomer” as well as writing this e-book, creating a new website, not to mention finishing up my winter garden and planting my summer garden, that it did not hit me till just now when I got a new follower on my old blog, that my old blog was even still out there, and more importantly, that my old followers have not found their way to my new site! Have no fear, every one of my original blog posts made the trip to the new website, and now all my “Late Bloomer” episodes are right there on my new site, as well!

Late Bloomer Show is now on Pinterest, Google+ and I’m having daily fun with Instagram. If all that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, Late Bloomer had it’s one-year anniversary last Monday, April 22, Earth Day! I celebrated by uploading my 25th episode of Late Bloomer! “Late Bloomer at Tomatomania!”

I welcome you to look around the new site. Please send me your feedback. Let me know you are still there! There are lots of exciting things to share with all of you. “Late Bloomer” will be hitting the road and filming episodes in Middle Tennessee next month! To receive my blogs and web show updates now, just fill in your name and email address at Late Bloomer Show and download my free e-book! Constructive comments are always welcome, and remember, it’s never too late to start growing vegetables!

One Mo’ Time! I won’t be posting to this blog anymore. All articles will be at Visit, sign up. I hope to see you there! And happy gardening! – Kaye

I was born on Valentine’s Day during one of the biggest snowstorms in Tennessee history, according to my mother. My parents couldn’t agree whether I was born in the morning or at night. Back then, they put the expectant mothers to sleep for the delivery, so the confusion is understandable.

Heart-shaped Cyclamen Leaf

From Nature with Love, Heart-shaped Cyclamen Leaf

Valentine’s Day has always been a special day for me, because it’s easy for friends and family to remember your birthday! (One of the great things about Facebook, the happy birthday wishes are pouring in!) The downside is you don’t get a separate special day of gifts of chocolate and flowers. It all comes on one day.

I haven’t had much time for blogging of late, but I will be getting back to regular posts soon. My focus has been to set up a custom blog which will allow for advertising, and will feature the Late Bloomer Show videos. That is not possible with this theme, so I am working on a new one, and also an e-book, “Late Bloomer’s Ten Steps to a Great First Garden,” which has been a lot of fun!

Season 1 of “Late Bloomer” finished up with corn, tomatoes and watermelon, episodes 18, 19, and 20, my three favorite things to eat being from the South, and Season 2 is off to a great start covering my winter garden. I have added a wonderful composer, Jon Pileggi, to my creative team. This is the first time I will have music scored to picture, which is VERY exciting! I will be able to look forward to original music composed for each episode. Please check out the music he created for Planting the Winter Garden.

I am thrilled that my original creative team, Megan, Mika and Chriss, are still with me and our relationship is fantastic! We work remotely, over the internet, and have only been together twice. Here we are last week at a screening of a short film I have the lead in, “A Final Gift.”

There will be episodes about my Monarch experience coming, as well as interviews with other people growing urban gardens. I hope you will follow and subscribe to “Late Bloomer,” and help it grow. It’s never too late to learn to grow vegetables! I am living proof!

And if you are on Facebook, Late Bloomer Show is a very active and interactive page. Please Like and add to your special interests and share YOUR garden news and photos there. I want to build a community of late bloomers growing their own food! Late Bloomer Show is also on Instagram! For nature garden lovers, this is so much fun! Please check it out and share!

Heart-shaped Cup Fungi

Heart-shaped Cup Fungi – Share the Love

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! 🙂 – Kaye

Today, October 24, is Food Day, and I couldn’t be more pleased to be the featured Farmer of the Week on, Backyard Farming for Urban Dwelling. UrbanFig features a different urban organic farmer every week, and this is my week! Please check it out by clicking here, or the title below. Also included is my recipe for Chinese Cabbage Slaw from my Purple Cabbage episode of “Late Bloomer.”



Kaye Kittrell with her Tomatoes

With loads of helpful articles, as well as a full store of gardening necessities, make UrbanFig your source for all your backyard (or, in my case, front yard!) urban farming needs, and sign up for their newsletter!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m going out to plant some broccolini, chard and beet seeds. How are you celebrating Food Day?- Kaye

One of my Monarch Butterfly photos appears on GardenStalking today! (Click on the photo to go the blog post.) GardenStalking is a sister site to DessertStalking. Join GardenStalking and submit photos!

Details, details, it’s all in the details!  As I am premiering the first episode of my web series “Late Bloomer” tomorrow, Earth Day, there is much to be done!  Facebook, Twitter, linking everything together, etc.  You will be able to see “Welcome to Late Bloomer” at Kaye Kittrell’s Channel on youtube starting tomorrow.  I will insert the link here to go directly to the video which will open automatically.

Meantime, the garden waits for my attention.  My sunflowers are stupendous and most cheerful on this foggy day!  I planted Lemon Queen Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), 5′-7′ tall, and I just counted 26 blooms coming on this one plant alone!  And the bees are buzzing all around.  But everything needs a drink of water!

I collected rainwater from last week’s storm in three LA city bins (see Episode 5 “Downpour!” in one week), but a week later, what was left of the water was a bit rank, so I dumped it on my few remaining bushes.  Clean out your rainwater collection receptacles before the storm hits and rainwater will keep for a month my neighbor says!

There also were about a dozen snail shells laying on the alfalfa this morning (this will all make sense when you see “Welcome to Late Bloomer” tomorrow!) and wondered what had happened.  I’m all for dropping the snail population in my garden!  That’s another episode coming soon!

Welcome to the Late Bloomer Show blog!  The blog and web series are about gardening.  “Late Bloomer,” the web series, will premiere this Sunday, Earth Day!

I didn’t fall in love with gardening – specifically growing food to eat – until last fall.  I’m Kaye, and I’m a late bloomer.  In fact, that’s how I open every episode of my web series “Late Bloomer.”  Please tune in to the blog and the web series, where I seek to entertain, enlighten, and educate, about growing your own organic food, through the lens of a late bloomer – a complete novice – me!

We live in Los Angeles County, and after our parkway tree died last August, I got in touch with my soil.  I met a biodynamic farmer, Jack McAndrew (you will be seeing him in an episode of Late Bloomer), who convinced me I needed to be growing my own food, and that grass and bushes were a waste of resources, so I ripped them out and set off on a course that has changed my life…for the better!  “Late Bloomer” chronicles my experiences of learning to garden (farming on a small scale, ha!), which has enriched my life (and my soil!) immeasurably and I wanted to share that with as many people as I can.

I have the most amazingly talented contributors working on Late Bloomer.  Check Late Bloomer Team above for names, bios and contact information.

Please tune in and subscribe to the blog, latebloomershow, and the web series, “Late Bloomer.”  Let the blooming begin!

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Information for commercial vegetable production in Ontario