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More tasty homegrown edibles from earlier this month.

20 Jun

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Been on vacation and picked some tasty veg and a few tasty bowls of fruit before and after. Fresh blueberries are the best! My peaches are all gone now. Sadly they dropped and rotted while I was away.

This was the only kohl rabi I managed to grow this year. I have to say, quite an unexciting vegetable – kind of taste like broccoli stem. But reminds me of my grandma when she would stir fry it with garlic. Yum! I ended up baking with the turnips, a couple of tiny homegrown artichokes, some onions, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. It was ok but should have stuck to grandmas cooking!

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Are these “wild” artichokes?

7 May

These are the artichokes growing next to the sidewalk on my walk to school.

No one is harvesting them so I guess I’ll be able to watch them flower 🙂

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Some more by the tree.

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Two lucky Globe Artichokes.

26 Apr

On my walk to class, I always check out the local gardens in the Clairemont neighborhood as the weather is slightly different there than coastal SD even though it’s only 5 miles from the coast. There are more canyons and cliffs here and there and on a hilly area between two detached houses, I saw some leafy plants which I recognize to be artichokes. I wonder if they were wild ones or ones that were planted by one of the adjacent house but I have heard of wild artichokes growing in So Cal.
Anyway, earlier this week, I noticed that flower buds were popping up on these “wild” chokes so when I got home, I checked on my little babies, i wasn’t expecting much as overall, my plants haven’t been that healthy. But lo and behold, here are my own homegrown little chokes peeping out!

I bought these artichoke plants in a tiny six pack probably last year some time and have had a lot of issues with the leaves dying on me. The plant will look really healthy but then yellow spots appear on the leaves and they eventually die.

So out of the six little plants, three are doing really well, and two have little artichoke flowers developing. Hopefully, after I harvest the center choke, other ones will start growing from the side.

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Container Vegetable Garden. June 2011 Photo update

16 Jun

Tiny Tim Tomatoes in container outside my door. Very cute! The toms are bigger than I though they wouldbe. Haven't had any ripened ones yet. I wonder how they will taste....

Tiny Tim Tomatoes. June 2011

Tiny Tin Tomatoes. In Target plastic pot. I grew all my tiny tims from seed...I think I planted too many!

Round Zucchini. June 2011. Growing in bucket. Grown from seed.

Crookneck Squash. Transplants from Walter Anderson. Only had these for a couple of weeks and they're taking over the bucket already.

Another Tiny Tim Tomatoes in squat terracotta pot. Flowering. June 2011

Globe Artichoke in container. June 2011

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Container Brandywine Tomato. I grew these last year in the ground too and got the same results - only a couple of tomatoes per plant.

Heirloom Tomatoes. June 2011. boughht these from eBay as a mix bunch of seeds. Happily surprised I have some different shaped toms on the way.

Sunshine Blue Blueberries. Repotted out of boring black pot from garden store. Looks cute! June 2011

One year old avocado grown from pit, in container. June 2011