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Last years plants that survived mild San Diego winter.

20 Jun

The rainbow peppers and cherry peppers are coming on three years old! But they don’t look as healthy as the second year plants. Some of these eggplants I only just noticed as I was snapping 🙂

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Today’s harvest. August Ratatouille or eggplant cacciatore?

20 Aug

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August Update – Other things growing in the edible garden….

6 Aug

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Harvest Monday

7 May

Pulled up almost all my carrots. They’re getting stringy roots off the main carrot so probably means its done growing. something quite satisfying a out pulling up carrots, you never know how big it will be and what shape!

The yellows and oranges are easy to grow. The reds are tougher. Although all my seeds are a couple of years old.

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So colourful!

And I had to harvest all my mustard greens as they were beginning to flower. So many leaves! I washed and chopped them up and stirfried them with olive oil, garlic and salt. Simple. Added a bit oyster sauce for extra flavour.

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Another handful of tropic prince bland peaches and my first homegrown artichokes! Will write a separate entry for those 🙂

Here’s the bigger and tastier tropic beauty peaches.

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Tropic Beauty peaches.

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Tasty Tropic Beauty peaches

7 May

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These taste SO good. They’re bigger and tastier than the Tropic Prince peaches this year. Last year was the reverse. Yum!

Peaches galore! 2012 much more plentiful than 2011

26 Apr

I’m quite impressed and proud of these little trees – if you have been following at all, I bought these little $10 trees from Home depot in these tiny little 1/3 Gallon containers around winter 2010-2011 and last season I had half a dozen or so peaches from each tree. This year is doing much better and my trees are still alive! check out all my fuzzies! Hopefully they will get close to regular store bought peach size, I hope I removed enough baby fruit to allow these ones to flourish.

The Tropic Beauty is slightly ahead of the Tropic Prince peach maybe by a couple of weeks. The fruit are bigger. I believe I prefer the taste of the tropic prince though. Either way, one can’t help but get excited over these cute little babies.

I do have the same problem as last year though with the brown speckling on the leaves that will eventually make all my leaves drop. I believe it’s some kind of mold or fungus spore spread disease that Is hard to control once it has started and spraying when dormant is the best bet. I bought some horticultural spray oil which is supposed to help with disease but I bought the natural all season one instead of the dormant one. Next year I will try the dormant spray oil.
My trees survived last years disease so hopefully this year will be fine too. The trunks of these trees are much sturdier but still need extra support when carrying the weight of the peaches.

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Tonight’s dinner harvest. Onions, garlic and Stupice tomatoes

10 Jun
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Stupice Tomato growing in a container. June 2011

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A ripening bunch of stupice tomatoes. June 2011

My container Stupice is growing like CRAZY. Its so easy to grow and produces so many tomatoes its great! And as you can see, I am growing it in a reasonably small pot. But it keeps on producing! I started these from seed back in January as its cold tolerant but it seems to be my most reliable tomato right now.Earlier in the season, I would only get a small handful of tiny cherry sized tomatoes but they’re growing bigger and pumper now.

I also noticed it better to pick them when they are slightly green as once they’re red, they get a bit mushy. So along with my tomatoes, I also plucked an onion. I planted my onion sets in January which was a loooooong time ago and have been waiting patiently for the leaves to brown and “fall over” but it just hasn’t happened, so I’m just going to harvest as and when I need them as I am concerned I’m going to end up with 50 onions in late summer or fall…how will I ever eat them all!
I bought a pint of mixed onion sets and I noticed that some onions all started to product a flower stalk. Bummer, I believe they’re not supposed to flower…BUT luckily it just seems to be the red onions that are flowering. They still produce a small sized bulb and the tops can be used as green onions so definitely no waste here.

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White onion and stupice tomatoes. Notice how the tomatoes are all different sized!

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Garlic harvest drying outside the house. The biggest one was actually grown in a bucket.

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A few weeks later, my glarlic dried and I braided the leaves. I wish I had grown more of them!

It was very exciting eating a dinner made from mostly home grown stuff. Even my husband was impressed 🙂 Homegrown onions, garlic and tomato make a perfect sauce! Yum!