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2018 Tomato Growing: Ep4 ‘Suncherry Extra Sweet’ Tasting

First ripe tomato of the year! ‘Suncherry Extra Sweet’ (hybrid) tomato. The seeds were sowed on the 1st of February. In the greenhouse, the plant is allowed to grow multi-stem.

While the sweetness of the tomato falls short of expectations, there is hope that the upcoming crop will be much sweeter. Perhaps more heat is needed to sweeten the fruit. Maybe when May Gray eventually ends and things heat up will we get to taste a truly sweet tomato.

Additional notes: I believe the large presence of aphids on the tomato plants is due to the early start. Greens growing early in the year tend to have more aphids on them. It so happens that this is the period in the year when their natural predators like ladybugs are still dormant. As temperatures warms up, more and more the predators will arrive to feast on the aphids.

Speaking of aphids, the tomato plant growing in the greenhouse has been sheltered from aphids that blow in with the wind.

Thanks, to my brother and his family, for the t-shirt. I was hoping to be able to join them on their trip but was not able to.

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

2018 April 24 — Garden Update

It is starting to warm up here in the Los Angeles area. The gardening space is filling in with more green.

For folks interested in this high-intensity growing and what is in the soil: in each planter, there is 1 cubic feet of chicken manure. In hindsight, we probably could have started with just 1/2. There is also rabbit manure.

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

Music: The 126ers, “Spring Wind”

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”

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.

HARVESTING: ‘Round Black Spanish’ Radish

Drawn by plants whose colors are so deep that they appear black, I had to grow this radish. Today, we harvest a few heirloom ‘Round Black Spanish’ radishes for dinner. This is video of our harvest.

Raw tasting: Spicy! With a nice smoldering burn.