Friday, June 29, 2012

Market Harvest

We have a beautiful harvest to bring to market tomorrow. 

There are lots of large red tomatoes and some lemon cucumbers

We have a variety of different zucchini and some cherry tomatoes. 
We'll also have some strawberries, basil plants, cut herbs and some baby Swiss chard. We hope to see you at the market!
Gidget isn't happy about this feast so she's hoping to catch a bird to eat instead.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Market harvest

We have a tasty harvest this week. 

There are a variety of tomatoes, lemon and green apple cucumbers, and some zucchini. 

Not pictured are strawberries, baby Swiss chard, cut herbs and basil plants.

Gidget doesn't understand how anyone could eat this stuff but she hopes you'll come see us tomorrow. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Market harvest

The harvest is small but yummy for our first week back.

We'll have basil plants for sale as well as some cut basil, thyme, mint and oregano.

We have a couple baskets of cherry tomatoes, globe tomatoes, a few round cucumbers,  tomatillos and zucchini.

Gidget seems alarmed at the small harvest.

We'll also have some strawberries, baby Swiss Chard and possibly some carrots.
This week may be small but there's lots of stuff growing on that we'll have in the weeks to come. Hope to see you at the market.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time to recertify

Gidget says, "You're late!"
Our annual certification is due so I've been working on making sure the 14 pages of paperwork  the San Diego agriculture department sent out were completed and I finally got the packet sent off yesterday. I'm slightly late but I'm hoping there will not be a lapse in our certification and if there is, it will only be for a week.
The most intensive part of the paperwork.
The thing that takes the longest is going through each species of plant and then the specific varieties that I want to sell. Tomatoes for example have 6 sub-categories so I have to report not only tomato but break it down into Misc. cherry tomato, orange/white/misc. cherry, pear cherry, red/pink globe, heirloom, or roma/oval and then report how many of each plant I plan to grow throughout the year and how many pounds of each I plan to produce and sell. The same applies for peppers, cucumbers, eggplant and nearly everything else we sell.

I also have to have seeds on hand for all of my winter crops and actually have one of each seed planted for the inspection. It's a lot of brain damage but once it's done, I don't have to worry about it again for another year. For those who are wondering the annual cost to be certified to sell at the farmers market is around $120.00 for our garden. 

We'll be at the market again on Saturday and I'm really excited because I've missed it. Hopefully we'll see you then.

Looking through the passion fruit into the front garden

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1st

It's hard for me to believe June is already here. The garden isn't as far along as it should be but we do have some stuff growing on and with San Diego's favorable climate we'll be caught up in no time. Today's post is just a photographic tour.

Gidget loves giving tours
This is the back garden looking south - we have potted eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, some beans and flowers back here.

This is looking east at the banana tree with some of the potted vegetables in the foreground. 

The roof just got pressured washed and will be repainted soon.

The avocado tree is looking very happy

And starting to produce the avocados that we'll have in winter
This is one of my favorite new flowers, I forget what variety of fuchsia it is though

I used my old red wagon as a planter bed for some succulents

The roses in the front garden are gorgeous and the sweet peas to the left are oh so fragrant

We'll have plenty of passion fruit for the market this year, I hope people still want it.

I just love these Mr. Lincoln roses

Here we have a tomato plant and non fruiting passion flower vine that are colliding.

Northwest view of front garden from the back, lots of zucchini this year 

I've never had luck with a topsy turvey but they were giving them away free at the nursery so I decided to try again. 
Frijole asks, "Is it time for lunch yet?"