Monday Harvest 10/22/12

A lot more going in than coming out at this point.  Only a few pepper plants left over from the summer, but man are they still producing, Fresno Chilies, Yellow and Purple Bell Peppers.  Already getting some lettuce and cilantro.  It's nice to finally get the fall planting underway.  It was 100 degrees last week, but finally the days are getting cooler as are the nights.  We even had a little drizzle this weekend.  Put in some potatoes, shallots, carrots, and more lettuce.  Citrus trees are all heavy, some are even starting to change color!  The Blood Orange tree is especially productive this year. 
 One of the advantages of a close farmers market is that you get to know the vendors.  I met one of the avocado growers from ACE Ranch, which is in Escondido, south of LA.  He brought up a Reed avocado for me that I put in the ground yesterday.  Now with a little work, some TLC and luck I should have another avo tree that kicks out a lot of fruit.

Also picked up a Babcock Peach to go with the Santa Barbara that I put in last year.

Satsuma Mandarin to round out the citrus selection.

Garlic just starting to poke their heads up.

Beets, only took a few days to germinate, I've learned from last year to do plantings every 3-4 weeks to assure that they keep on coming in the spring.

The littlest farmer is especially excited about the Spinach.  The little thief sneaks into the garden and eats it right off the plant.  I'll have to watch him this year, maybe have him  plant his own patch.

This lettuce germinated in 2 days, no joke.  We have a hot spell for 3-4 days right after I set out seeds and within 2 days they were already starting.  I love the SoCal fall.

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