The Aeonium is a Beautiful Succulent That is Easy to Grow

Aeonium arboreum is native to the Canary Islands, although the one above is growing in my front garden. My plant came from friends who no longer had room in their garden. It does quite well, most of the year, but tends to struggle in very hot weather. After doing a little reading on the habits of the aeronium, I learned that they like to be in a light place, but do not do well in full sun. Sadly I’d placed mine in full sun. Tomorrow I’ll give it a slightly shadier position in the garden. Fortunately, it’s growing in a pot, so can be moved easily. I also learned they can’t survive temperatures below 50 degrees and prefer a sandy porous soil. I like to make my own soil mixtures, and below is the recipe I use for succulents and cacti.

Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix Recipe

Two Parts Potting Soil

One Part Perlite

One Part Pumice

Place the above ingredients in a large dry container and mix well

These three ingredients are found easily in garden departments, or nurseries. It’s much less expensive to make your own mix, and all types of succulents and cacti do well with this mixture.



Easy and Delicious Turkey Chili



A delicious and easy to prepare turkey chili. This is one of our family favorites and the perfect recipe to double and prepare ahead. It is even tastier on the second night.

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 can 16 oz. or approximate, cut up tomatoes with liquid. I give them a quick mix in the blender.
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder (more if desired)
1 can 16 oz. red kidney beans
1/2 cup beef broth

1 cup of finely chopped zucchini can be substituted for celery



Place ground turkey in skillet and sprinkle with salt. Cook over a medium heat until all the meat changes color. Blend with a fork so meat has a crumbled consistency.

Add onions,celery,and green pepper. Mix well.Cover and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes and liquid and all seasonings, mixing well. Bring to a boil, cover, then turn heat to low and simmer gently for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Next add drained kidney beans and beef broth. Gently stir and simmer uncovered over low heat for another 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve with shredded cheese, bread, and a salad for a wonderful meal. Enjoy!