Fall tomatoes, guavas, strawberries and carpet of mustard

The storm that blew in Monday night, lingered all day Tuesday dumping heavy rain at times throughout the day.   Certainly was a blessing to have such precipitation at this time of year. When the rain stopped in late afternoon the air was heavy with humidity and Justin whipped up a batch of EM (Effective Microorganisms) to spray all over the yard.

Everything seems to be so lush and growth seemed to happen overnight (thanks to the nitrogen given off by the lightening).   The plants certainly got a boost with the rains. The newly planted beds with peas, beans, and greens are filling in and looking good.  

The latest veggie that we are harvesting this week are limas which are a tasty and “meaty” addition to our daily meals.

We received an email from a fellow gardener regarding “Fall Tomatoes” She wrote: Have you guys had any luck growing winter tomatoes here in Southern Calif?

Answer: Lucky for us living in So Cal it is possible to continuing growing tomatoes up until the holidays. We recommended planting varieties such as Stupice, Glacier, Manitoba, Siletz. These “cool weather” varieties can stand lower temperatures. We rotate our tomatoes to the sunniest and frost free spot in the gardenThe taste of fall tomatoes are good. But the fruit lacks the sugar and some of intense taste and color that summer tomatoes have.


Saturday in the mail we received a curious, large envelop from Afghanistan. It turns out it’s from one of our readers who was kind enough to send us a copy of the AP article “Homegrown in the City” which appeared in the Mideast edition of the military’s Stars & Stripes Newspaper

If you are reading this, Eric, thank you for sending the clipping to us and for the service that you (and many other, including our relatives) are doing this volatile region.


For those of you who emailed wishing to have detailed plans and specifics for the rocket-cob oven, I have emailed Ray (we thank him for his efforts in making the cob oven a reality!) and he said that he will try to write something up for us to put on the site. So stay tuned!

The cob oven looks like it’s drying nicely, thanks to the high humidity. So far no signs of cracking. Once completely dry and covered in boiled linseed oil, it’ll be time to fire her up again.   We’ve already cooked pizzas and steamed veggies and the next project we want to try is bread. Hopefully in a week we can bake our first loaves in the oven.