Friday, January 23, 2015

New limes

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My lime tree is still producing well. Here are the new limes for the new year.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

On planting chile peppers for 2015

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Inspired by Mark over at Mark's Veg Plot, I decided to expand my chile horizons for this year. Last year, I had one chile negro pepper plant, and my one plant was quite successful. This year, I decided to focus on two different varieties: early Jalapeno and banana pepper. As I don't have much space in my community garden plot, I will likely plant only one of each.

I am treating the seeds as I do my tomato seeds. I soak them over night in a bit of water. Next, I plant at home where they are in the window sill where there is plenty of light and warmth.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sungold tomatoes still hanging in there

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In the interest of space and time and everything else, I will likely pull my Sungold tomato plant soon. While they are still setting fruit and still blooming, I need space for the winter garden, which is actually quite late in the planting.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Roasted chile negro peppers

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The chile negro peppers were roasted in the oven at a low heat for several hours and then stored in a container. I am now researching mole recipes so that I can actually make use of them. I suppose I could use them in any recipe calling for a mild chili. Here's what they looked like before.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Emerging yarrow

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In the drought-tolerant portion of my garden, I rarely water which works well enough for Southern California native plants in my garden. Today I found the yarrow emerging, a reminder our native Southern California flora finds winter as one of the most active growing seasons.

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