2018 Tomato Growing: Ep2 A Little Tomato Drama

Video production is another hobby in the many list of hobbies that I wanted to get into. This is meant to be a fun video documenting the real life challenges that many gardeners experience.

On the last gardening outing, one tomato plant in particular looked a little thirsty. It was very strange as it should not be. A closer inspection revealed a desiccated trunk. Worst of all, it was the tomato that I had looked forward to the most– the Weissbehaarte heirloom sweet tomato. Luckily there is a back up plant. It was only a matter of digging it out of the ground and moving it. The back up plant was only transplanted a couple of days ago; leaving little concern that its roots would be disturbed.

As far as to what caused the original plant to be damage is anyone’s guess. I could not put my finger between: pill bugs gnawing the trunk, a furry animal or cat trampling the plant, the strong winds from a couple of days ago, or one of the kids accidentally knocking into it.

Zone 10b / San Gabriel Valley / Los Angeles / Southern California / USA

Music:
Doug Maxwell, “It Happens”
Quincas Moreira, “Bongo Madness”
Rondo Brothers, “Bravado”

2018 Tomato Growing: Ep1 Kick Off Episode

A video series for tomato fans. Follow along our year of tomato growing for 2018.

In this episode: An overview of the growing year. This is the year we finally satisfy our sweet cherry tomato curiosity by growing three varieties, Suncherry Extra Sweet (h), Sun Gold (h), & Weissbehaarte.

Additional new varieties: Black Vernissage, Golden Jubilee, Copia, Druzba, Kelloggs Breakfast, Principe Borghese, (semi-new) San Marzano.

Repeat varieties: Roma, Cherokee Purple, and Green Zebra

Music: Dan Lebowitz, “Lazy Afternoon Sun”

Zone 10b / San Gabriel Valley / Los Angeles / Southern California / USA

Mail Call: Baker Creek Live Plant Order

If you are as curious about the Baker Creek Rare Seeds Live Plant sales as me, let’s together unbox and look at what they send over.

This is our first live plant order from Baker Creek. Shipment was processed in the same timely fashion as their seed orders; which is pretty quick. Plants were sent from Florida.

Zone 10b / San Gabriel Valley / Los Angeles / Southern California / USA

Music: Chris Haugen, “Morning Mandolin”

2018 April 07 — Garden Update

Since the last update many of the plants are in the ground or planters. Here are many of them and how they are doing.

Last year’s look of my brother’s food forest:

Zone 10b / San Gabriel Valley / Los Angeles / Southern California / USA

Music: Aaron Kenny, “Desert Caravan”

Crazy About Citrus | Ep01 Receiving Bud Wood + Rainwater Ranch Visit

“Crazy About Citrus” is a series chronicling our connection with citrus.

In this episode:
As an avid citrus collector, we will reach a point where it is necessary to attempt to acquire the skill of grafting plants. The reason for this is that more varieties of citrus exists in bud wood form than can be purchased as trees. In order to add rare citrus varieties to our collection we must now try our hand at grafting. Today we receive bud wood from the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. Because of the Huanglongbing disease that is terminal to citrus trees, it is necessary to acquire bud wood from certified sources as a measure to contain the spread of the disease.

Part 2: In January my family and I went on a road trip and visited with family in northern California. While planning our trip, we were invited onto a farm by the good folks that I had gotten to know through social media. These folks happen to be citrus growers. There are a few clips from that wonderful visit. Special thanks to @rainwater_ranch.
https://www.instagram.com/rainwater_ranch/

Music: Dan Lebowitz, “Blue Creek Trail”

Permaculture Resort Garden Winter 2017 Update

The quiet before the storm. The weather system of the highest severity is to hit the southern California area the following day. Almost 5-inches of rain has been forecasted for downtown Los Angeles (which is not too far away).

In the meantime, this is how our Permaculture Resort Garden is doing this Winter 2017.

Seed Order From Kitazawa Seed Company

Sharing with you the seeds from my Kitazawa Seed Company order.

Updated goals for 2017:
-Purchase fewer seeds
-Grow more / get better at succession planting
-Invite viewers to grow along
-Continue to work on being a better presenter

Last year, we showed and grew many heirloom plants. While they are fun to grow, yields can be iffy. As we turn our focus to crop production, we’ll be looking toward hybrid varieties.

Today’s seed order consists of hybrid varieties from a seed supplier that specializes in varieties that grow well in our warm California climate. If you’re looking for quantity seeds of Asian vegetables to grow in a warm climate, give Kitazawa Seed Company a look.

Tea & Me: EP3. Gong Fu Brewing of Dan Cong Tea

In this mini series I share with you my experience as I reacquaint myself with gong fu brewing of Dan Cong tea.

(This episode was shot shortly before the birth of my second child. The ending can use more work; and there were plans to re-shoot this episode. With a newborn, Spring planting fast approaching, and many more video topics to cover, the re-shoot won’t happen for awhile. Rather than hold this series up, we’ll go with this shoot. I hope you enjoy.)

This is a longer episode and I hope you watch the housekeeping segment. There are many videos that cover gong fu brewing (and they do a better job at it) but the housekeeping segment is one that is important and not often covered.

“The History of the Teochew People-The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery”

HARVESTING: Red Cored Chantenay Carrot

I normally grow carrots and harvest them as I need them. As the plant matures, the carrot becomes more and more dense. More mature carrots are perfect for stewing. Today, we harvest our final three ‘Red Cored Chantenay’ French heirloom carrots for Japanese curry.