Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Can you tell I am so thrilled with my thornless boysenberries? One thing I'd like to do but have failed so far is to get a photo of the bees visiting the fleurs. Yes, we have wild bees here in urban southern California. Where they live, I do not know. We're pretty densely populated here so they must be pretty sneaky. Here are past photos.
Family: Rosaceae, Rubus urcinus
Family Malvaceae, Lavatera sp.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Family: Tropaeolaceae, Tropaeolum sp.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Since I think I have zillions of slugs lying in wait for any tender seedling emerging from the soil, I tend to start my seeds at home. I use recycled yogurt cups filled with sterile potting soil, holes punched in the bottom for drainage. After germination, I take the seedlings outside to harden. I like to enrich the soil with compost and fertilizer before transplanting. Chard seems hungry for fertilizer so I make sure to use plenty. In the background, you can see how linarias (toadflax) fills in the blank spaces of my garden. Family: Chenopodiaceae, Beta vulgaris var. cicla
Family: Fabaceae, Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon
Family: Rutaceae, Citrus X meyeri
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Family: Brassicacea, Brassica rapa, var. nipponsinica
Family: Asteraceae, Achillea sp.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Family: Brassicaceae, Eruca sativa
Family: Plantaginaceae, Linaria sp.
Family: Malvaceae, Alcea sp.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
We had a warm spell this week, and the Valencia responded well. I find growing tomatoes here by the coast to be a challenge. We experience cold overcast foggy summers when the rest of the Los Angeles basin basks in heat and sun. Not surprisingly, last summer, it was the cold tolerant varieties which produced tomatoes, such as my Paul Robeson and Carmello.
Family: Solanaceae, Solanum lycopersicum
Friday, March 19, 2010
Family: Rosaceae, Rubus urcinus
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Family: Araceae, Zantedeschia sp., probably aethiopica
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Family: Marsileaceae, Marsilea sp. probably
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon
Friday, March 12, 2010
Genus: Eschscholzia californica
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I use mizuna in chicken noodle soup, added at the very end, or in miso soup.
Genus: Brassica rapa, var. nipponsinica
Here's info on mizuna from SpecialtyProduce.com
Dark green leaves offer the most nutrition and provide beta carotene, vitamins, minerals, plus are a source of fiber. Low in calories, greens are a dieter's delight and salvation as they healthy eating without an abundance of calories...
Mix tender little mizuna leaves with other greens or enjoy alone. Steamed mizuna is delicious topped with a light sauce or melted butter. Toss in stir-fries the last minute of cooking. Great in soups. Quickly wilt mizuna leaves; add a touch of garlic and a dash of oil. Mature mizuna makes a perfect substitute for chard or kale...To store, place in a plastic bag; keep in crisper drawer of refrigerator. Do not wash until ready to use; rinse briefly in cold water. For optimum flavor and texture, use within three to five days.