Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Food for winter

We're in serious transition mode in the garden so I thought I'd show you what we hope to be eating this winter. While many gardeners around the country will rely on the food they canned during summer and fall, in San Diego, we should be able to eat fresh food from the garden all year long. If you are looking to plant a new garden now, these are some things you could consider growing.

Gidget is exhausted from watching me work

We've got nasturtiums that will bloom soon and provide tasty flowers to add to salads

We also have some fall planted tomatoes on the roof, the warmest and sunniest spot in the garden

Here is cauliflower and broccoli

And we have some Green Arrow peas starting to bloom 

If you have curious cats that you want to stay out of your newly planted beds, I suggest this product

It's completely natural and our cats get the hint if we apply it once.
Soon the newly planted seedlings will be bigger and take up most of the surface area of the raised bed. While there is exposed dirt, cats will get in and rummage around but this powder does the trick to keep them out.

Here we have Cauliflower and Bok Choy with some cat repellent around the new  plants.

We still have some eggplants that are growing nicely so we'll wait before pulling this plant out

The Lemon Boy tomatoes are doing a nice job of ripening up. I will replace this plant soon.

This was full of peppers yesterday but I pulled them out
The new plants I am putting in the garden consist primarily of:
Swiss Chard
Cool tolerant tomatoes
All types of lettuce
all types of cabbage

The citrus is ready now so we are enjoying lemons, limes and avocados
Here is a brand new pea plant that we direct seeded in the large raised bed about a week ago
We just had a ton of rice straw delivered to beautify, mulch, and reduce weeds so we have to go get prepared to lay it down.

Gidget says, "Really? Because I'm ready for a nap."


  1. Question ---- When switching out your plants/crops, do you need to prep the soil? Is there concern of cross contamination?

    Also, does the cat repellent keep out chickens? :) --Andy

  2. Hi Andy, I do prepare the soil with a little powdered milk to help reduce fungal disease, a little corn meal for the same and to help kill any little grubs that may be in there, some worm castings, compost and a bit of organic fertilizer such as the one Dr. Earth makes.

    I do rotate crops to the best of my ability in this small space, for instance I only grow tomatoes in the same spot every 3 years (not that our garden is even that old yet but that's the plan). the rotation will help reduce disease.

    I don't know if the cat repellent keeps out chickens, the package does say birds but does not elaborate. I like it for the cats because they have a pretty good memory and will only smell it once a season - I wouldn't like to use it if they were going to it every day because the pepper is harsh and peppermint is bad for their liver...I have no idea about chickens. Sorry.