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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!

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More bountiful blueberries

18 May

This comes mainly from three plants. Al grown in containers. 

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?! 

Big bunch of Blueberries! 

18 May

Here’s a good bowl of blueberries harvested 5/9/16
I also have a couple of peaches. My peach trees were damaged in the storm earlier this year so not many fruits this year. 

Pollinated spaghetti squash!

20 Apr

There are at least three babies growing 🙂 I hand pollinated them early in the morning earlier this week. I hope they make it! Considering I hav 6 plants, hopefully I can have at least 6 squashes… 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

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. 

Dry cure olives

18 Oct

Didn’t get too many olives from my tree and last year I tried to cure in brine but it olives just went moldy which was unexpected as I put so much salt in it. So trying something different this year, just pure salt. 
   
    
 

I have to check it in 3 weeks. The salt is supposed to turn sludgy and I can test the flavour for bitterness and resalt if needed. They’re supposed to go wrinkly and can be plumped up again with boiling (which removed the saltiness) or put in oil. I hope these make it that far!