Harvest Monday 11/28

A sad day on the farm.  We lost out Barred Rock, Princess Laya.  Not really sure what happened, we left for a couple of days, they all had plenty of food and water,  The Princess was just laying in the middle of the the coop, no signs of trauma, no feathers scattered around.  TPW was pretty bummed as it was her second Barred Rock to die.  On a more happy note, I have expanded the garden some, see pictures below.  More room to plant.   Warm weather low 80's.  All of the citrus are looking good.  The Grapefruit should be ready in a week or two.

Boysenberry bush.  I have not had much luck with the berries. I planted 2 Raspberries as well asthe Boysen.  Maybe the spring will be better

Had to add some color to all of the leafy
greens.  Fresh OJ is only days away
Planted a new olive tree.  TPW has agreed to cure the olives when they arrive, probably not for a year or two.  Apricot tree losing it's leaves in the background.  See there is such thing as Fall in Southern California.  Well sort of.

Lots of leafy greens.  The little guy just can't get enough of the spinach.  I guess I should be happy, he could be drinking my beer.  Still getting tons of lettuce as well as radish, can't pick'em fast enough.

A couple of shots of the avocados.  Both trees are pretty heavy, not pictured is the Fuerte, like the Hass it's fully loaded.  Now if I can just keep the squirrels away.

Two new areas that I have opened up for planting.  I have planted the lower section with onions, lettuce, turnips, garlic and carrots.

Come on rain!

Got another inch of rain today, so much for La Nina.  Hope I didn't just curse myself.  All of the seeds that I planted a couple of months ago are doing well.  Had my first radish, pretty good.  Beets should be along shortly as well as turnips. 

Put some purple kale with one lonely chard, they all seem to be getting along.  Harvested 2 of the plants, hence the open section up front.  TPW makes killer Kale chips. 
Spinach on the left with lettuce next to that, beets in the middle, radish on the right with more spinach,  2 artichoke.  I have to keep the boys out of the spinach because they like to pick it right off the plant and eat it.

 All of the citrus are turning.  Fresh OJ is not far off.  The Blood's as well as the Navel will probably be first, followed by the mandarin, then the grapefruit, then Valencia. 

Harvesting the last of the Basil, I think.  I have a few plants that were able to over winter last year.  We'll see what they can do.  TPW has been drying some of the herbs in her very Brady dehydrator.  It always seems like I have so much, however when she is done it looks like so little.

Harvest Monday 11/7

Lots of leafy greens.  The Kale that I put in has gotten HUGE, below are three leaves that I cut along with a sample of the lettuce.  All of the seeds that I put in are looking good, and the citrus is starting the change color, well at least the Navel's are.  Had a pretty good storm blow through here this weekend.  About an inch of rain, some of you may be laughing at the fact that I am even mentioning that small amount of precipitation, but we usually only get 14-16 inches annually.  So it's a BIG deal! 
Lot of basil still going. 

Another look at some of the lettuce, I have been able to cut a pretty big bowl of lettuce every day for the past week, along with a variety of herbs.