Harvest Monday Feb. 7, 2011

Things are tootling along here. I’ve been so busy with a new battle over a badly flawed restoration plan for the Bolsa Chica Mesa, that I haven’t had time to garden.

Bolsa Chica wetlands seen from the new footbridge at Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach.

Bolsa Chica Mesa within the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

The weather in coastal southern California has been superb with highs in the 70s and nothing but sun, sun, sun. Actually, that’s bad because this is supposed to be our rainy season. We got 10 inches of rain in December, which was way too much. Our normal rainfall on the coast is only 12-15 inches of rain. Since January 3, it has only rained once and that wasn’t much of a rain. I’ve used half of my stored rainwater already and am going to have to resort to tap water soon to keep my garden growing.

I really need to post photos of my spring flowers in bloom. I have irises, paperwhites, camellias, a pink magnolia, pink cobbity daisies, purple sage and a lot of other flowers in bloom already. It’s starting to get pretty outside.

This is the sum total of my harvest for the week. It all went into a yaki-soba with leftover pork tenderloin and some other vegetables from the store.

Here’s what I harvested last week.




4 oz. chard

1 oz. komasuna (Japanese green like bok choy)

1 oz. snow peas

TOTAL harvest 6 oz. produce plus 5 eggs

If you had a harvest, or want to see what others are harvesting, visit Daphne’s Dandelions.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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7 Responses to Harvest Monday Feb. 7, 2011

  1. It has been amazingly dry for January and February so far. After such a wet fall, winter is just too dry. I hope we both get a little rain soon, our garden is completely confused with this lovely warm weather, especially the orchard. I know I shouldn’t be complaining, but all our seasons seem out of sorts at the moment. Off to harvest some tatsoi!…


  2. Brenda K says:

    It sure has been a crazy fall/winter! I finally gave in and fed everyone yesterday at lunchtime since I had given up on trying to getting the plants to stay dormant when they were absolutely convinced that spring had sprung….That said, I’m sort of hoping we’ll have a nice long spell of cool-ish weather since I finally got cool-season veggies planted over the past couple weekends!


  3. Brenda K says:

    P.S. Any thoughts on putting in some tomato transplants now in a sunny, protected location? I’m afraid it’s going to rain for the next several weekends, then music festival season kicks in, and I won’t get another chance to put them in until mid-June otherwise.


    • Brenda, sorry for the late reply. I put an Early Girl in the ground in February. Now is a fine time to plant them. Actually, now that it’s mid-March, just about any tomato can go in. They don’t set fruit until the night temps are above 55, but spraying the flowers with blossom set helps.


  4. Barbara says:

    Even your harvest is letting up a little at this time of year! The rest of us poor schmucks in less friendly climes have no harvest at all. But ok – at least we have plenty of water – rain, snow, you name it.


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