My first attempt to grow squash resulted in a ton of blossom end rot. I was baffled. Then I learned about hand-pollinating. I was also faced with powdery mildew that season. I learned about creating airflow in the garden.
This year my squash taught me about the importance of excellent soil - and how to amend it after planting. And thennn taught me all about ground squirrels.
It’s a never-ending cycle of trial and error. A never-ending cycle of deep rooted joy that calls me back in over and over again.
There was a frost last night and we woke to crispy, frozen blades of grass, water droplets fell from bare tree branches as the sun hit their frost covered bark and melted it. The droplets caught the morning light and looked like little golden beads. Now, there are brightly coloured parrots and tiny grey-brown silvereyes flitting through the citrus trees, which are multicoloured with oranges, lemons and limes, and gently steaming as the sun warms their dew covered leaves. And the apricot has got a bit overexcited and ahead of itself and started blossoming already. It’s so lovely! It makes me so happy I could watch it for hours, but there are retic pipes to be laid and an elderflower tree that needs planting! I hope everyone’s having a wonderful Sunday! 🍊🌿💕
Sunflower buds are so interesting. Each variety looks wildly different. Did you know that sunflower buds are edible? I have yet to try eating them as it seems a shame to lose the flower. This year I started Kong, Giganteus, Teddy Bear, and Sundancer. Kong is a branching variety so I'll try eating a few of the buds 😁
Built my sister some real simple raised beds, nothing fancy but serves their purpose of providing her more growing space. All are 4’x3’x18” redwood, one is heart redwood, the other two are the next grade down from heart because there wasn’t a decent selection of heart available. Total cost for all the building materials was only around $370. Don’t have a saw? No problem, I don’t have one either (yet!), I had the hardware store cut the pieces so all we had to do was assemble them. Cedar will cost more and is difficult to find in the area...but these redwood beds are durable and will last awhile since the weather in the Bay Area is mild so they really won’t take that much of a beating. The beds are placed on the south side of her house where the old lawn was killed off about a month ago. Prior to putting in the beds, I had her take pictures every hour of the area so we could determine where to place the beds...this area gets about 7-8 hours of direct sun and is shaded by late afternoon. Now she’s on her own for laying down gravel between the beds, my work here is done 😊
My first big beetroot! 💃🏻 Roberto helping me in the garden today too. 🐈🌱🥰
50 1,0669 July, 2020
“Franks pea” has smaller pods than some varieties I’m growing but so sweet and delicious and it’s tempting to not even shell them as the outer shell is so sweet and crunchy... no need for a fridge today either cause it’s still very cold outside 😆 #peas#frankspea
19 7585 July, 2020
I wish I’d planted more of these telephone peas now 🤨... there seems a bit of space but at least they’re covered in flowers and new pods 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻. They’re about 175cm high now (almost 6ft) so I hope they don’t want to go much higher 😳🤪 #telephonepeas#peas
36 2,14827 June, 2020
The last of the passionfruit off our vine (that I can see 🤪) pretty awesome getting passionfruit in July 🙌🏻... I did miss some over ripe dry ones off the ground though 😆🤦🏼♀️ #passionfruit
32 8432 July, 2020
EXISTING ORCHARD - Two things immediately stood out to me upon seeing the Epic Urban Homestead for the first time...1) An old lemon tree and 2) A massive loquat tree.
As the loquat tree is the only fruit tree at my old garden, it was very fitting that it would be the largest tree on the new property! BUT...it turns out there are TWO growing next to each other.
As I plan out the orchard, early decisions will cascade into the future, becoming set more and more in stone as time passes. So the decision is...to chop down or not? I don't need two trees worth of loquats, as they're somewhat annoying to process and 1 tree provides MORE than enough for myself, family, and friends.
But I also don't want to affect the health of one tree by cutting the other down to free up space. In my old garden, I made decisions fast and loose as time and space were of the essence. But here, I can stop and think a bit more to make the right decision up front.
Garden harvest. My first passion fruit and peas! Picked heaps of kale, beans and tomatoes 🍅🥬
16 5355 July, 2020
Might be time to prune my nasturtiums! Did you know I often cut my nasturtiums back hard it’s how I get this beautiful compact shape 🌱 so if you don’t have a lot of space you can still grow nasturtiums without them taking over your garden. I have a video on how I do it in my “me” highlight reel I think 💚