Composters, fruit trees and earth oven (right)
Beans in December!
Farmer D and Chef Onil in the garden
Winter in SoCal means citrus and all sorts of tangy treats. Sorry for making many of you feel jealous but that’s what’s in season now. We are certainly spoiled because of our year round growing season.
Our lime tree finally producing now – took a few years. It’s a dwarf on the recycled concrete patio in one of those whiskey barrels. Now that I have a decent harvest of limes I am contemplating the best way to use them. I could make up some salsa since we still have tomatoes and some cilantro growing. Homegrown salsa in December!
Recently we had to tear our our dwarf grapefruit. Sniff. A type of nasty scales attacked the plant and we were just unable to control it – even though we tried every natural deterrent under the sun. Farmer D plans to replace the grapefruit tree with another but it will take year or two before we are able to harvest anything decent.
With our having such a tiny plot we can’t sacrifice sun for large heavy bearing fruit frees. Instead have to opt for dwarf, semi dwarf and even espalier type fruit trees. Such compact trees make for efficient space saving methods here the urban farm.
I am still hoping to squeeze a few (one) dwarf tangerine tree somewheres… now if I can only find where. You see one of Farmer D’s good advice is “don’t bring home any more plants unless you have a place for it.” Good advice but hard for us plant addicts to follow In fact, it’s common for Farmer D to disregarded his own advice!
The winter garden is coming along nicely. We’ve gotten pasts the “tween season” were the garden was looking a bit rough as we transitioned from summer, fall to winter in less than two months.
I am enjoying standing in the garden surrounded by kaleidoscopic of colors (like a carpet). A sight that will be spoiled soon when the hoops and row covers go up to protect the crops from frost.
In fall, when the beds go through such a radical transition, we don’t want the soil to be exposed too long so the easiest thing is to throw out a bunch of edible greens – they grow fast. Giving us time to transition to cooler weather vegetables like broccoli, radishes, green onions, garlic, carrots and snow peas.
Still to plant are beets, cabbages, turnips.
End of the Week
It’s been another busy week. We are wrapping up filming and editing of Homegrown Revolution. We have to submit the final cut by December 15th. We also got word that out of the 25 films being shown at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Homegrown Revolution was chosen as one of just a few to be featured in the WSFF traveling tour! Meaning HomeGrown Revolution will be shown in a few hundred cities across the USA. Also, we are even thinking of making our little homegrown production available on DVD. So stay tuned for that.
Saturday our family will go over to our friends house to take part in the in home premier screening of HomeGrown by Robert Mcfalls. Actually, we not sure if we are going to even watch it. It’s just weird, especially with so many friends of ours in the audience. I mean, why would they care to see you on screen when you are right there in the flesh – weird is all. Anyhow, I may just take the opportunity to use the huge trampoline that’s in our friends house backyard. Definitely more fun and exciting then seeing my mug on screen.
While I bounce I can formulate how to write all that’s going on in our life and that of the urban homestead. There’s soooo much I can’t even begin to tell it all.
Oh, I do want to say that Freedom Gardens surpassed 1,700 members today!. It’s shaping up to be a great little online community of people who are passionate about growing their own food. We still aren’t done working on the site… there’s more to come.
Thank you to all who are spreading the word, such a wonderful social network couldn’t grow without your help. Hmm, should we go out on a limb and shoot for 1 million Freedom Gardeners? That would be something?