Love of gardening, sharing recipes leads to cookbooks, website for Quincy woman | Lifestyles

QUINCY — A retirement plan to start a hobby garden for sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables led to a second career for a Quincy woman — and reinforced her love of cooking.

Rebecca Bobier and her husband Dave retired in 2015, moving from South Dakota to Quincy to be closer to family, and started raising strawberries, organic blueberries, tomatoes and other crops.

“I started a little Facebook page just to let people know where we were selling our produce,” Bobier said. “We called ourselves the Farm Stand. It was a mobile operation. We’d pick, and then we’d go sell.”

A request for a recipe led Bobier to start posting seasonal favorites to go along with the produce available for sale, then someone asked her how to make homemade noodles.

“I told Dave about it and said I’m not sure I can just tell her and she’d be able to do it,” Bobier said. “He said let’s just make a video, put it on the page and she can watch it. That was our very first video.”

Before long, the Facebook followers asked for a cookbook, and Bobier compiled right at 100 of her family favorites.

Now six cookbooks — with a

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Gardening with Micki: Planning more container gardening | Lifestyles

Walking my garden areas at the end of the 2020 fall season, I quickly realized how overgrown my three back garden areas had become. While I was too busy with writing projects, the garden was having a field day growing and multiplying its offspring. 

Ouch! On that late fall walking tour of the garden, I saw plants and new vegetation I never would have planted. I also realized just how busy the garden had become in my absence from trips to visit garden centers across Oklahoma. It appears my garden had a field day. The message is “Don’t go away and leave your garden unattended.”

The enormous hydrangea is now competing for sun, shade and water with the Chinese Pistache, and the tall, seedless Cottonwood tree that seems to touch the sky. Those plants were among my original anchor pieces for the garden, thanks to a suggestion from a landscape architect friend.

So now, I’m in a “paring down” mode for my garden. Everything seems to be overgrown and I’m looking for a simplistic pattern that is still pleasing to the eye. The cherry laurel tree, the garden’s anchor centerpiece, shows off its Christmas ornaments, year-round. But the versatile Holly,

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