"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Missing In Action

I can't believe it has been 5 months since my last post.  My winter garden didn't do all that well and I ended up with just swiss chard, beets, kale, sorrel, onions, and some lettuce varieties.  This of course is after the wonderful cauliflower harvest.  After that we had super hot weather and I lost the cabbage plants to bolting and lost the brussel sprouts to aphids.

 On to better news.  I have 11 tomato plants in at my senior garden plot and am still  harvesting swiss chard and beets.  Lots of onions are just about ready to pull, but the garlic is slow and small.  I will leave both in for a month or so.  

I have summer squash coming in now but the other day I saw the 3 striped beetle on the leaves and even found them on the radish leaves.  I hand picked them and disposed of them then sprayed with an organic oil spray to see if that will keep them away.  Once they move in you are pretty much out of luck. 

When I remember to bring my camera along I will add some photos to my blog.  I hope all of you gardener friends are in full planting mode and I look forward to checking out your blogs soon.

Life has been busy of late.

Happy Spring!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Purple Cauliflower!

I picked this cauliflower a few days ago.  It is one of six plants that I planted back in October.  I have two more that are just about ready to harvest.  The flavor is wonderful and the color stays even after it is cooked.  I saved half of it for eating raw in salads.  It is just beautiful!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter Garden Update January 2015

More photos of my winter garden.  These are again from my garden at the senior community garden that we are so lucky to have.  Our plot is 18x20, a good size for just the two of us.  I fertilized all the plants today. Sadly, I had to pull out the San Marzano tomato plant that got hit by the frost over the last few days.  Now I have that space to the right of the photo above to plant more lettuce seedling.  I started them a couple of weeks ago and they will be ready to transplant by the end of the month.  The good news is that the tomato plant is the only one I lost to the frost and this week we will be warming up again.  Monday and Tuesday will be 80 degrees!  Nights will still be cool at the mid 40's.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Garden 2014 More Photos!

The garden has once again taken off after the recent rains.  This is the second week in a row that I have not had to water, and that is so good for us CA gardeners.  Normally I would water at least once a week.  The purple cauliflower plants are in the foreground, then to the right is the San Marzano tomato plant that is still thriving.  I only pick a tomato now and then even though it does have many on the vines, they just aren't getting ripe; not enough heat I would guess.  This week we should see a couple of days close to 80 degrees so I may be able to find a few red ones.

On the left of this photo is Lacinato Kale, about 6-8 plants and lots of green onions.

In the center beds are kohlrabi, turnips, beets and swiss chard.  The bed toward the top of the photo has 6 Brussel Sprouts plants, radishes, rapini and some more lettuces. Against the back fence is a Chinese cabbage called Michihili,  I planted a lot of this and harvested that tall one after taking the photo.  I made a really good soup with it and some potatoes and onions.  YUM!

To the right of this photo is Buttercrunch lettuce and Rouge d' Hiver, a romaine lettuce.  Snow peas at the top right of the photo,

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Garden Update 2014 December

My community garden plot is growing! After that first rain, everything really took off.  This group of photos was taken on Dec 8.  Today we are getting that Pineapple Express rain storm that you may have heard about on the news.  I know when I go to check on the garden tomorrow I will no doubt, see muddy plants.  The rain has been really coming down, I don't think it has let up since it started early this morning.  I am so grateful that we are finally getting significant rainfall.

On to the photos!

Garlic in foreground, then Russian Red Kale, and Lacinato Kale

Ruby Red Swiss Chard

Sorrel and Michihili a Chinese Cabbage

More Chinese Cabbage

Snow Peas

Purple Cauliflower


Lacinato Kale and green onions

This bed has Green Chard, Beets, Kalette's, Turnips and Kholrabi

Rouge de Hiver a romaine lettuce

Buttercrunch and Arugula

more Arugula, Oak Leaf Lettuce, and hit and miss of Mesclum mixed.

Radishes, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli Raab and lettuces in background

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter Garden Update 2014, Lots of Photos

 The garden at 5 weeks.

Here we have Kohlrabi, Red Beet, Chioggia Beet, a blend of Gourmet Beets and Kalettes, a hybrid plant that is crossed with brussel sprouts and kale. San Marzano Tomato plant in the back, getting huge.  I will need to put a fence around it soon, or it will move into the bed.

 Red Russian Kale

 The larger plants in the center are Brussel Sprouts.  Back row is Easter Egg Radish, White Icicle Radish and French Breakfast Radish.  Front row has Freckles, a Romaine lettuce and also some Broccoli Raab plants that are not in the picture.

 Lacinato Kale plant is a real workhorse.  I pick from these two plants each week.

 Sorrel, one of my favorite greens to add to soup and salad.  It has a wonderful lemony flavor.

Some backup Lacinato Kale plants.  I think I have 6 of these growing in a few places around the garden.

 This is Michihili, a Chinese Cabbage; off to the right are more smaller seedlings of the same plant.

 More Broccoli Raab or Rapini plants, planted just a couple of weeks ago.

 Marvel of Four Seasons lettuce

 Snow Peas

Now for some bad news!  A gopher moved in overnight and took down one of my Graffiti Cauliflower plants.  I have 6, and I hope to get him before he moves on to more and damages or kills them as he did this one.  We set a trap here so hopefully...

 Buttercrunch lettuce, and more holes from a gopher.  We set two more traps here so keep your fingers crossed that we get it.  Friday Tony will dig down 18" all around our garden, and put down a barrier of wire mesh to keep them from getting in again. Lots of work and we should have done that before I planted.

 Speckles lettuce

 Graffiti, a purple Cauliflower. The five remaining plants that the gopher didn't get to.

 Ruby Red Swiss Chard

 Augula, Oak Leaf and a butter lettuce.  Also seeded a blend of mesclun that is beginning to come in now.

I will leave you with a photo of Garden Party, my pretty rose in my front bed.  She is all covered in raindrops from the few showers we had last week.  All of my roses are blooming again!