Saturday, January 30, 2016
Living in this temperate climate in Temecula, at the northern border of San Diego County, the weather variances are mild at best, although we do get a very small period of chill time. This past winter, I've been holed up in the house entertaining guests during the holidays, as well as sewing, quilting and baking bread. I thought I might have lost all interest in digging dirt, but my little garden beckons and with Spring in mind, I had to visit the nursery to buy those things that I grow every year about this time, here at the Casita:
- Walla walla onion sets
- Winterbor curly-leaf kale
- Cheerful violas and delicate poppies
- Bulbs that are already sprouted (daffodil and hyacinth)
- Flat-leaf parsley, cilantro and German thyme
The onions and kale are planted, and the rest will go in this week. As for the rest of the garden, my ultra-dwarf apple and peach trees, now in their second or third season, are pruned and now waiting for the miracle of spring.
|Daffodils and violas|
|kale and onion sprouts|
Sunday, July 19, 2015
|"Eight Ball" Zucchini|
Eight Ball Zucchini These round-shaped zucchini are firm and have excellent flavor. I have had great success in cooking them on the grill, marinated in Italian dressing; frying them after dusting with flour (I used Mochiko sweet rice flour) and then dipping in an egg batter; and also grated for zucchini bread. Next I'll be putting up some zucchini relish. Must say that I still have a whole refrigerator drawer full of zucchini; they just keep coming.
Little Prince Eggplant It's mid-August and the fruit of this eggplant variety are now setting. Pictured are two plants in a container purchased from Home Depot, which measures about 24" x 30" and about 14" deep. There are lots of blossoms and I'm thinking there will be a bountiful harvest to come. These eggplant are supposed to reach about 3" in size; so far, mine are about 1-1/2". I'm leaving them hanging to see how large they will grow before becoming too seedy
Friday, April 3, 2015
Gnomes are tucked in here and there amongst the flowers and potted plants. There are a handful of these bearded fellows in my garden. I wanted to create a magical fairy garden, but instead of fairies, gnomes appeared. Whimsical and charming, cheerful and hardworking; these fellows do not disappoint.