Autumn Tomatoes

The late summer batch of tomatoes are producing extending summer’s bounty into the fall season. What sort of lingering summer veggies are other fellow urban homesteaders enjoying?

Autumn Eats

Autumn traditionally means apples, pumpkins and cranberries.   The urban homestead autumn eats have a slightly tropical twist to them. Since we eat primarily what is grown here on our 66′ x 132′ property and what’s growing in the garden now is, of course, the traditional winter squash, tart pomegranates and tropicalguavas.   Our apple crop was harvested in the summer so no fresh apples to enjoy instead jars of apple butter which is just as yummy.

This week we’ll be busy preserving the guava harvest and freezing more pomegranate seeds.

Gardening in Hollywood …

is calledRehab.    Perhaps we should offer our place for celebs who need to save their career, who knew that we’ve been in “rehab” our whole lives.  😉  Only in LA.


Finding Time {Orion}

THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF MY APOCALYPSE are called Efficiency, Convenience, Profitability, and Security, and in their names, crimes against poetry, pleasure, sociability, and the very largeness of the world are daily, hourly, constantly carried out. These marauding horsemen are deployed by technophiles, advertisers, and profiteers to assault the nameless pleasures and meanings that knit together our lives and expand our horizons.
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Germ Fighters May Lead to Hardier Germs {TreeHugger}

Reports of schoolchildren dying from infections with drug-resistant bacteria are enough to send parents on an antimicrobial cleaning frenzy.
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Organic food is healthier: study {Guardian}

Early results from a £12m study showed that organic fruit and vegetables contained up to 40% more antioxidants than non-organic varieties, according to Professor Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, who leads the EU-funded Quality Low Input Food project.
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Number of the Day – 2,500 {Treehugger}

2,500 — the “water footprint” of the US, in cubic meters per capita, according to,430 — the equivalent in US gallons per person per year. Compare that to 700 cubic meters per year per capita (184,920 gallons) in China and 1150 cubic meters per year per capita (303,798 gallons) in Japan.
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Colony Collapse Jeopardizing Beekeepers {CBS}

(CBS) If you want to grow fruits, vegetables or nuts in the United States on a commercial basis you have to have soil, sun, seeds, water, and honeybees
— millions and millions of honeybees brought in from all over the country to
pollinate the crops. As correspondent Steve Kroft explains, honeybees are the
unsung heroes of the food chain, crucial to the production of one third of the
foods we eat. So when billions of bees began to mysteriously disappear last
year, there was plenty of concern and no shortage of theories, blaming
everything from cell phones to divine rapture. None of the usual explanations
seemed to fit. Some of the nation’s top scientists are trying to understand
this phenomenon, but no one is more immersed in the mystery than the man who
is widely credited with discovering it.
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Don’t Rush It. Dig In: Defining Advice for the Possibilities Ahead {CommonDreams}

Let’s face it things aren’t going well “out there.” California is in flames, the Southeast is in horrible drought and the title of the Common Dreams e-mail that I got on Thursday October 27 th was “Earth is Reaching Point of No Return.”
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All About: Waste heat {CNN}

(CNN) — There’s no place like home — especially when it comes to affecting the environment, it seems. For all the bad mouthing we dish out to the auto and manufacturing industries for the foul pollutants they force us to breathe, a wealth of evidence is suggesting that we should be looking a little closer to home for the other villains of global warming.
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New Era of Water Conservation {Treehugger}

It used to be that only people in the dry western part of our country had to worry about drought, and the rest of us could enjoy our lush lawns and long showers, believing that our water supply was endless.Well, guess again. The extreme drought in the Southeast shows that no region of our country is immune to severe water shortages.We’ve all seen the TV footage of the dry lake beds, and every day we hear about cities like Raleigh, NC that have less than 100 days of water left in their dwindling supplies.
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  1. Claire says:

    I didn’t realize you could freeze pomegranate seeds! Do you spread them out in a single layer to freeze before packing them up or just pile them in a container and pop them in the freezer?

  2. Roger Gray says:

    Beans. Green beans. A plant overshadowed by a neighbor sent out blooms and beans when an old vine was ripped out in late September. Have had several large meals off the one vine, for no apparent reason, over several weeks . . .

  3. Queen Whackamole says:

    Purple “green” beans, stunted but delicious eggplant, TOMATOES, basil… I posted a picture of our “Haunted Harvest” on Fuller & Fuller.

  4. Mia says:

    I had a bowl of tomatoes not unlike the one you’ve pictured. Also, a nice bunch of bell peppers. A few green beans left on the vines, but I’m leaving those to dry for seed. I have onions, carrots and chard, I guess those would be considered fall crops.

  5. Rebecca says:

    We just had our first frost yesterday. I got the last of my tomatoes picked last Sunday, tho. The green beans are gone now, and I let some of the lettuce go to seed to save for next year.

  6. Laurie says:

    Unbelievably, here in Zone 5 southern Wisconsin I have okra and hot peppers still coming on (although slowly) and am still picking green beans and cherry tomatoes from the trellis! They are all in snug little micro-climates that are well protected though. I love to work in the garden now that the mosquitoes are gone! I have winter greens started in a cold frame as well. My chickens have nearly stopped laying due to the darkness, but I think it’s good to give them a rest. Take care!

  7. David says:

    Still have my black beauty eggplants flowering & producing. Just made some delicious babaganoush, mmmnn :p. Going dipping.

    The baskets of matoes slowing to a trickle but are still flowering but few fruiting. Bell sweet peppers turning red & orange but getting smaller. Took out the 6ft okra to make room for some square foot garden spaces of beets, turnips, carrots & yellow & red onions. Favas beans coming up & sugar snow peas, scallions, red, oak & romaine lettuce coming on good, garlic sprouting & red cabbage starting to ball up. Spinache being sampled & more beets ready to be sampled & cherry matoes putting out a few red globes. Oregano still going & pineapple sage’s scarlett flowers attracting battling hummers, mint rejuvinating but the fennel going downhill. Planted broccoli & one brussel sprout, & green cabbage. Nasturtiums coming on strong & adding bright accents to the mesclun mix. Short day strawberries going into the patch. Now if I can only deter the mystery animal nightly digging up(tilling,lol)& eating bugs(worms?), in sections of my garden :(!

    All have a productive week & fall back an hour this weekend. My computer already lost its hour last weekend despite congressional say so,lol.