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.
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.
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.
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!…
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!
Hey, Brenda, me too. I got my cabbages and cauliflower in a bit late, but better late than not at all.
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.
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.
I know, Barbara, isn’t it awful. “All” I’m getting from the garden is greens and citrus, plenty of both. But at least you have rain. I do miss the snow.