Wasabi Growing Trial — January 2017 Update / Doubling Down

We have had a couple of good months of cool weather. During this period of the year it was expected that we would find a tremendous amount of growth. Unfortunately, expectations have yet to be met.

The wasabi plant starts that we received from our first vendor are rather small. It is becoming obvious that it would take at least three years before they reach a size worth harvesting.

Remembering http://www.thewasabistore.com, and seeing how large their plant starts are, we thought that rather than calling this project that we would double down on our efforts and purchase additional plants.

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

Green Onion Battle, Rd 2: Tokyo Long White vs Ishikura Long Winter

Round 2: Mounding the  ‘Tokyo Long White’ and ‘Ishikura Long Winter’ green onion plants.

Green onions / spring onions / scallions / bunching onions are either in delicious dishes or make dishes delicious. The two varieties mentioned will be grown in a side by side contest to observe how they grow.

My favorite scallions have been the Japanese heirloom varieties. Very easy to grow and can be grown year round in the southern California – Los Angeles area. Though an inexpensive produce it is the convenience of walking to the garden to find some that makes this plant worth it to grow. Moreover, fresh harvested scallion has more spring in its texture and is more aromatic.

Tea & Me: EP2. Different Ways to Enjoy Tea

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

In this episode we’ll look at and talk about the many different ways tea is enjoyed. In the next episode we’ll gong fu brew dan cong tea. Before we do that, we’ll use this episode to highlight that while tea ranges in price and “quality,” there is not one that is better than the other. Rather, they are unique from one another and their characteristics play a role in how they are enjoyed.

Harvest for Lunch — January 10th, 2017

Another demonstration video of a garden in action. In the late morning we head to our garden to forage for shallots, green onions, bok choy, cilantro, and ‘French Breakfast’ radishes. While not a large harvest, it is just enough to provide nourishment.

Thanks, Leif, for Seeds + My Fav Seed Companies

January is when many gardeners are perusing seed catalogs. In this video, I share my favorite seed companies and what I like about each.


But first, I want to thank Leif, a regular viewer, for sending us a special package of seeds for us to grow out together. Leif, Thank you for your thoughtful and generous gift. Much appreciated.

Christmas Tree Recycling + Blueberry Bush Transplant

The clearance section is a fun place to shop. More often than not the plants found there turn out to be gems. Like the one found back in Fall of 2013. It was when we scored a ‘Sunshine Blue’ blueberry bush on clearance for 8 bucks. Ever since, the bush has produced and produced.

Now comes the nerve wrecking moment when we finally set it in the ground.

NED Gardens Across America — Finale

The finale to our participation in the Gardens Across America Project– a seed saving / seed awareness project. For the project we were able to send back seeds of: ‘Powder Star’ pole bean, ‘Kirlangic’ or ‘Tiger’ melon, ‘Abigail’s Coffee’ okra, and ‘Yixuan Sweet’ watermelon.