I wasn't expecting the fava beans would actually sprout, given that they looked like this and were harvested in 2013. Nonetheless, it appears favas are quite resilient. It's been cold for southern California (overnight of 38F) but I think they will do fine.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Here's one of my California poppy seedlings, here this year strictly on a volunteer basis. Even better, I don't water them at all, and so they are the drought tolerant part of my winter garden.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
I also planted a few fava beans (sorry, no photo of the planting but there isn't much to see). The fava beans were collected 2013; last night I soaked them. I plan to plant more in the next few months. I generally plant fava beans where I have had the summer tomato plants as part of my crop rotation system. I have planted them earlier in previous years.
It appears there are a lot of storm drama going as southern California prepares for the biggest rain storm since 2009. For my part, I figured it was about time to gather up the rest of the black chile peppers, the chile negro peppers. They are now in the oven, slowly drying at 140 F, protocol from The Ultimate Guide to Drying Chile Peppers.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I seriously do not know if I have yams or sweet potatoes but if anyone can tell from this bloom, feel free to holler. This would be the last harvest left in my garden. I don't know when to harvest them. I have had this dilemma two years ago.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Black Krim. This is not the last one. There is still another one hanging in there. But seriously, it is getting cooler. We are getting rain. Definitely it is time to think about next season. I will probably start the tomatoes February or March, indoors, of course, in a few months.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Just one rose here but there are plenty in bloom in the Rose Garden at Exposition. If you are local, please be aware the gardens close January to March for pruning so you've got about month left to enjoy the garden and the blooms until March of next year.
I don't know what the name of this rose but spotted it while walking next to the Rose Garden at Exposition Park, downtown Los Angeles. It was after one of the early rain showers today. We should be getting substantially more rain in a few days.
From the Natural History Museum site
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
My summer garden is just about wound down except for the black chile peppers (chile negro), my first year growing them. This plant has done well, mostly because the critters in our garden did not munch on them. So what do I do next? I have to figure out how to harvest them, dry them, and then use them, probably in a mole recipe.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
A nice surprise to see these poking out. I did plant these a bit late so normally these would be further along at this time of the year. I'm not super fond of the beans for food, meaning I may need to look up some recipes, but the blooms are spectacular. Because I have read the hummers love the flowers, they are a definite go for me regardless of the food aspect. I do know for sure bumblebees come around for the flowers as well. I am happy to provide support the locals with the scarlet runner beans. Interesting to me that I read the scarlet runner beans are perennials because I find they die out during our fairly mild winters.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Presenting Pasilla Bajio or 'chilaca' or 'chile negro'. This is the first year I have had success with germination. I only had one seedling at that. We'll see how it turns out. Family: Solanaceae Capsicum annuum