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Dec 2017. Volunteers from compost and asparagus one month growth

21 Dec

So tall! Over a foot tall! Unfortunately I do not know how old these crowns are. I am going to assume one year crowns. Impulse buy 🙂

I think I have some kind of squash! First time used some compost. I have a closed bin which possibly has zucchini seeds from the old zucchini I grew earlier this year or spaghetti squash seeds. I hardly buy any squash. So excited to see what we are getting!

Also I see a couple of tomatoes. We had a random volunteer that grew and grew and grew. It was a pear yellow cherry tomato and was very productive so these are likely from that.


New home

1 Dec

So I guess I haven’t posted in a year but lots of changes this year. We bought a home so now I have a small yard!

Planting as much stuff as possible in the ground and this week, I just planted some asparagus crowns into the ground.

I first started this blog when I planted asparagus in containers so it seems fitting to start the new chapter with asparagus too!

This time they’re in the ground!

I just bought these bareroot crowns from Walter Anderson in San Diego and decided to do put them somewhere I initially wanted ornament plants.

So still a little unconventional, these asparagus are partially going to ornamental for landscaping to hide an ugly fence. The spot is narrow and mostly shaded in the winter but I am hoping I will get some sun as the seasons change.

Supposedly, it can take some shade so let’s see how it goes!

Spaghetti Squash succumb to proceed mildew :(

18 May

Here’s what I got! Unfortunately may grey has brought too much dewy foggy weather. 
Wonder how much flesh are in these little ones… Some are still soft skinned. So hopefully they will harden up?! 

Dry cure olives 3 weeks later 

13 Nov

Was surprised to see the dry curing olive jar with moist salt and a fluid level. 
Did all that fluid come from the olives? Or did water enter the jar from the atmosphere? It’s a mystery 🙂 guess I should’ve weighed the jar first!

As you can see they’re all wrinkly!! We tasted one, surprisingly no salty but still have a bitter taste and quite enjoyable but probably needs a bit longer to get more bitterness out. 
Unlike any bought olive I have ever tasted!!
So I ran out of rock kosher salt and used a combo of the salt I have…  

The pink bamboo salt (looks like brown sugar!) has an interesting taste, I am hoping it doesn’t affect the final product. Also some regular sea salt too. 
Since they’re quite dehydrated, it barely needed a 1/3 jar of salt to cover. 

End of April 2014 update.

1 May

Surprisingly, my neglected garden isn’t as bountiful as it was when I tended to it more. Peaches are small, blueberries are fewer…

Still, the few I get taste good.




My pineapple guava is flowering once again, I think last year it didn’t do so much.


And excitingly, my olive tree is flowering. The flowers are tiny! I just bought this little tree about a month or two ago.




Finally, my fennel is starting to look like fennel. Boy these take a long time to grow but are very pretty plants.



Pineapple guava shedding leaves but still a couple of fruit left

6 Nov

I have probably had a dozen little strawberry sized pineapple guavas this year which I am most impressed with as I wasn’t expecting anything. The pulpy center has a very fragrant purfumey taste which my hubby described as soapy but to me, they taste like mixed, tropical, miscellaneous fruit flavour 🙂



First ever homegrown pink lemonade lemons!

2 Oct

Started my Autumn clean up today and checked up on my little lemons which seem to have been growing for a whole year. The peel felt soft, like old lemons so I decided it was time to harvest.

Look at these cuties!


My tree is still pretty small and unhealthy looking but at least I got three little lemons.

I was pleased to see this when I cut one open.


Lots of juicy flesh!

I decided to make a butter lemon drizzle by heating lemon juice, butter and sugar. Tasted so delightful on waffles!