Saturday, June 7, 2014


June 7, 2014
Artichoke season is almost ending. I though I would share some pictures of how the season progress. Artichokes are bi-annuals plants. However, baby plants easily sprout from the base of a healthy mother plant, making it seem as if the plant never dies. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bare Root Trees

May 30, 2014

Taking advantage of jet leg to catch up with my blog posting! Even so this week two of vacation....

Recently, in April I purchased a number of bare root fruit trees and shrubs from Starkbros for our Temecula Orchard. Very exciting. I had previously purchased fruit trees from them when I lived in New York. This was my first time purchasing for California and also first time purchasing currants, elderberry, jostaberry and gooseberry plants. I have dreamed about planting these fruit trees for many years. Not that I have seen these trees in person or tasted the fruits. I have just spend so many years reading about them in gardening books, that they have been part of my "dream" orchard. 

For those of you who have never bought bare root trees, I strongly encourage you to. You get a better variety of fruits trees which cannot be found in local nurseries. They are often cheaper than potted trees. The trees undergo less transplanting shock and establish quicker and better. The only caveat is you must plant them as soon as possible after they arrive. If you cannot plant them immediately, you must take them out of the carton and wrapping, keep them moist in the shade until you can do so.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Little Meyer Lemon Tree that could.....

May 8, 2014

I let my lemon remain on the tree until I need them. Generally, this works out well but sometimes there are so many fruits, that I am forced to harvest them and find ways to use them. The Meyer Lemons are so juicy thatyou can easily squeeze the fruits with your hands, and the fruits literally flows out. The juice is fragrant, sweet and citrusy.
 The tree is full of lemons from 3 season; ripe lemon, maturing lemons and green lemons. You can also see flower buds for yet another season of lemons.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Blood Orange Harvest

May 8, 2014

It is hard for me not to blog in chronological order!! Everytime I think ablout blogging, I think about events that have passed that I had not blogged.That sentiment however, just makes me lag further and further behind in blogging. I miss sharing the little bits of gardening I have done this spring. So today, I will share photos of this afternoon's Blood Orange harvesting.