Lomita Farm’s 2017 Fall Planting Guide

Below is our fall list and layout for our planting beds this year.  Remember, artichokes are perennials, so plan on them staying in a chosen spot for about five years (if they’re healthy and thriving).

Since some of our spring/summer crops are still producing and the rest of our beds are being prepared, we got a head start by sowing most seeds in trays with seed starter mix. Thereafter, once everything is in the beds, we will continuously plant in the ground for succession farming.

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For soil preparation, we do a lot of spring cleaning. This means shoveling deep and turning up the soil, getting rid of crab grass and leftover crop roots. Fava beans will be our cover crop to get nutrients back into the soil and mulch top layers of growth.  We add a new mixture of soil and rich compost, which fills the beds to the top.  We also add two cups (one cup for 4×4 beds) of EB Stone Organic Plant Food as fertilizer, mix thoroughly and evenly into the soil, and wet the soil well before planting.

Remember to keep your soil moist for germination whether sowing in seed starting trays or directly into the ground.  Even if your beds are on a drip system, it’s a good idea to shower them down as well until plants begin sprouting.

For more information on what and when seeds should be sown and plants should be transplanted in Southern California, visit: LA Garden Blog and  Grangetto’s Veggie Planting Guide.

Crop List

Beans & Coles:

  • Broccoli
    • Calabrese Green Sprouting
    • Romanesco Italia
  • Fava Beans (as green manure)
  • Purple of Sicily Cauliflower


  • Arugula
  • Cilantro
  • Cuban Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary

 Leafy Greens:

  • Chicories & Radicchios
    • Castelfranco
    • Grumolo Rossa di Verona
    • Radicchio Rossa di Treviso
    • Radiccio Rossa di Verona Dragon
  • Endives
    • Rhodos
  • Lettuce
    • All Star Gourmet Lettuce Mix: Includes Green Oakleaf, Red Oakleaf, Green Romaine, Red Romaine, Lollo Rossa, and Redleaf lettuce
    • Mild Micro Mix Greens: This mix of mildly flavored brassicas contains Mizuna, Cabbage, Kale, and  Kohlrabi. Mostly green with a touch of red.
    • Parris Island Cos
    • Rocky Top Mix
    • Spicy Micro Mix Greens: A colorful blend of red and green mustards with various textures.
  • Kale:
    • Dwarf Siberian
  • Spinach:
    • Bloomsdale
    • Merlo Nero
    • Monstrueux de Viroflay


  • Beets:
    • Detroit Dark Red
    • Shiraz Tall Top
  • Carrots:
    • Kuroda Long
  • Leeks:
    • Autumn Giant
    • Bulgarian Giant
    • Chinese
    • Giant Musselburgh
  • Onions:
    • Australian Brown
    • Bianca di Giugno
    • Bianca Di Maggio
    • Bronze D’Amposta
    • Cipollini- Borettana
    • Martina
    • Violet de Galmi
  • Radish:  Munchener Bier
  • Turnips:  Golden Globe, Shogoin


Raised Beds Layout 


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