Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
While we are far from being under ice and snow and our cold temps a trifle compared to other parts of the state, we've been off to a relatively cold and rainy start. Boy, are we thankful for the rain - we NEED it-- and combined with the cold temps they bring a nice and early snow pack to the local mountains. 50 degree days and below 30 nights are as "wintery" we are going to ever get here in the LA basin and, that, my friends (to us wussy Californians), is downright cold.
We've had ice in the yard for over a week now, and, thankfully, much of the backyard garden is tucked in nicely under heavy row covers. The jet stream is lower this year, bringing us a storm or two at least once a week. Rain is a rarity; but this season we are off to such a good start that there's green "stuff" growing on pathways and rocks - otherwise known as moss and algae which I haven't seen much of since leaving Florida.
Hopefully, the cold will kill of the bad, bad bagrada bug plague (yes, plague!) that afflicts the poor brassicas. These invading vampire bugs are newly "imported" and it's a new uphill challenge for organic growers in the area.
With a 365 day planting season, there's something always growing. Winter in California means greens, peas and brassicas are growing in the garden and a bumper harvest of citrus. Yes, citrus! Tis the season for oranges. The cold snap really helped sweeten this year's crop.
We've been drinking freshly squeezed oranges juice, chowing down on Meyer lemon pound cake. Sorry for making your winter any "blue-er!" But it's not all sunshine, lemons and oranges. In fact, it's raining (hard) again today and forecasters are telling us to "Grab a couple of extra blankets. An extreme cold front is about to move in to Southern California. It could be the coldest weekend of the year."
How's your winter garden coming along?
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