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Botanical Report: Growing K’uyu Chuspi Corn (in Southern California)

This video is a botanical report on growing K’uyu Chuspi corn in the Los Angeles area of California. The information presented is meant to be academic in nature. Please the enjoy this report.

If you like to skip ahead to the most interesting part, start at 7:54.
The synopsis of this report is:
K’uyu Chuspi is an ancient corn variety grown in Peru. Its natural climate is in the cooler regions of the Peruvian highlands. Because it is also a rare variety, there is not much information on its growth habit when grown outside its natural environment.

Using the mild winter climate of the San Gabriel Valley (Southern California) as a surrogate for the cool climate of the Peruvian highlands, the corn was sowed on the first day of Fall 2017 (September 22nd).

From 15 seeds grew 11 plants. Of the 11 plants, 4 overcame an unexpected October heatwave. Of the 4 plants, one good sized ear of corn was harvested. With this harvest, we have more seeds to grow with.

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

Utah Tall Celery Harvest

Wife is needing some chicken soup. Out to the garden we go for produce. We harvest: ‘Utah Tall’ celery, Red Core Chantenay’ carrot, ‘Moss Curled’ parsley.

Succulent Garden Tour

Today we will look at some of the succulents that we have amassed over the years. I will talk about a little about what it is that draws some of us into growing succulents.

Post Rain Front Yard Garden Walk

The rain is something that I enjoy very much. When it pours, I like to go out there and feel the rain. Immediately after the rain is also another a special time. This video captures yet another special time; the period when the sun pokes through the clouds.

December 2016 Backyard Garden Walk

This video ran longer than originally intended. There is so much more to share; I sincerely hope that you enjoy this video. Along with vegetables we will look at some fruit trees like, Yuzu citrus, ‘Moro’ and ‘Sanguinelli’ blood orange, ‘Bearss’ lime, and ‘Reed’ avocado.

Additionally, we’ll look at our newest growing area.

Landscaping’s Impact on Home Energy / Heating + Cooling

A home and garden episode briefly covering the prospect of using landscape to help with heating and cooling of the home. Landscape can be utilized differently depending on season and location to have either a cooling or warming affect on the temperatures inside the house. Or man made structures can be built to be used in conjunction.