Happy Easter, Happy Spring

As you can see, I haven’t gotten back to blogging regularly. Getting the new community garden up and running took an inordinate amount of time. That plus working on my own garden at home seems to have eaten up all my spare time. I’ve been taking photos, but finding time to process them has eluded me. So without playing catch-up, here is what my home garden looks like this week.

The first head of cauliflower this season was perfect, weighing in at 1.5 lbs.

Henrietta and Chicken Little are both laying again. But sadly, Henny Penny passed away last week of unknown causes. She hadn't laid an egg since last September, so maybe it was old age.

One of our lunches was steamed cauliflower with shaved parmesan cheese, plus black beans and greens with garlic and onion, topped with sliced boiled eggs.

The pathway in back is lined with irises, roses, grapes, ferns, and fruit trees (peach, plum, and three apple trees).

This is the first of my new bearded irises to bloom, a variety called Clarence.

My dwarf Granny Smith apple tree is in full bloom, but the Fuji and Gala are still dormant, as are the Asian pear trees.

My roses are in bloom, at least some of them.

This one is my favorite. It's either Mr. Lincoln or Chrysler Imperial.

My two veggie gardens in front are The Garden of Infinite Neglect and The Garden of Perpetual Responsibility. I've decided to name my raised beds in back "The Farm." They produce most of the food that we grow. The herb garden is in front, and our new block wall is in back.

This is about half of my radish harvest so far this year. These are French Breakfast and Dutch Redheads.

Here's a better shot of the Clarence iris.

Look what I found! An avocado that I missed. They don't ripen until picked. I'm thinking that this one will be good for Cinco de Mayo.

My salmon orchid cactus are in bloom now, with the red ones about to open.

That pretty much does it for what the backyard looks like in late April. On to this week’s harvest.

Harvest Monday, April 25, 2011

FRUIT

0.5 oz. strawberries

VEGETABLES

1 lb, 5.5 oz. artichokes

3 lbs beets (Chioggia)

14 oz. carrots

9 oz. chard

1 lb 13 oz. cauliflower

5 oz. green onions

2 oz. kale

14 oz. radishes (French breakfast, Dutch redhead)

TOTAL  8 lbs 15 oz. produce plus 10 eggs

If you had a harvest, visit Daphne’s Dandelions to post the results.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I am retired from writing a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent, but I am still teaching at the Orange County Conservation Corps. 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.
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10 Responses to Happy Easter, Happy Spring

  1. Brenda K says:

    Wow! That cauliflower really is perfect! I tried growing some this year and out of the 30 or so seeds I planted (direct-sowed), three have come up and are growing slowly but steadily: one cheddar F1 and 2 Romanescos. The purple graffiti F1 didn’t come up at all 😦

    • Brenda, I’ve had similar luck with growing cauliflower from seed, but managed to get some cheddar cauliflower last year. My purple cauliflower didn’t sprout. This year I grew Candid Charm from transplants and am having great luck.

  2. I’m so sorry to read about Henny Penny. Sometimes it’s so difficult figuring out what ails a chicken, as they’re such stoic creatures. Glad though that the rest of your girls are doing well.

    Your cauliflower looks fabulous! I love cauliflower, but sadly Mr. CV does not, so I don’t tend to grow it here. I can’t believe how much you have blooming in your garden! Looks like your nasturtiums are a blaze with color. Ours aren’t that far along yet!

  3. Daphne Gould says:

    You got a very nice harvest. And I love your iris. I was looking for some dwarf iris today. They tend to live through anything and I have a spot for a plant like that.

  4. Dennis Chen says:

    Where is the community garden located in Huntington Beach. I would love to visit it sometime.

    • Dennis, the community garden is at the end of Atlanta Avenue, east of Brookhurst, at the dead end under the power lines. Park your car on the right on Atlanta and walk through the chain link fence gates. Walk a short distance and the gardens are on the right. If someone is in the garden, the gate will be unlocked.

  5. Barbie says:

    Nice harvest. Sorry to hear of the loss of Henny Penny. 😦
    Enjoy your avacodo on Cinco de Mayo!

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