Root Opinion: Rutabagas rule! Turnips, eww!

Turnips and rutabagas are from the Brassica family, which includes cabbage, mustard greens, and cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. Both are root vegetables, have purple tinted tops*, are cylindrical in shape, sprout tall, sturdy, edible leafy greens, and are rich in Vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, and soluble fiber. Although similar looking, turnips are slightly smaller on average, can be entirely purple … Continue reading Root Opinion: Rutabagas rule! Turnips, eww!

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 … Continue reading Lomita Farm’s 2017 Fall Planting Guide

Growing Tomatoes with Wild Boar Farms

Brad Gates, tomato expert and owner of Wild Boar Farms, knows everything about breeding and growing tomatoes.  It’s always a pleasure to attend his lively and informative presentations at the National Heirloom Expo.  Below are some valuable takeaways that will help you in becoming a more successful tomato grower! Tips for Planting & Growing Tomatoes When transferring young plants to the ground, bury 1/3 of … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes with Wild Boar Farms

The Red Warty Thing

Naturally, you’re probably thinking, “Whatever that is, I don’t want it!” Contrary to what it sounds like, it isn’t a fictional monster, heinous carbuncle, or STD. It is a fabulous pumpkin that was originally introduced as the Victor Squash by Victorby James J.H. Gregory of Marblehead, MA in 1897. It was a hybrid between an ordinary pumpkin and a red hubbard squash. This old heirloom … Continue reading The Red Warty Thing

Blue Hokkaido Squash (Blue Kuri)

The Blue Hokkaido Squash, also known as the Blue Kuri, is a beautiful Japanese Kabocha type squash with its bluish hue, and flattened, lightly ribbed globes. Our largest kuris have been almost 10 pounds with a diameter just shy of a foot. An average kuri weighs in between 3-5 pounds.   They are prolific producers with running vines. The orange flesh is thick, hearty, and very … Continue reading Blue Hokkaido Squash (Blue Kuri)

Growing Garlic in Southern California: Our Garlic Reviews

Quantity, Size, and Quality Grades Our review of each garlic is based on quantity, size, and quality. Each criterion was given an A, B, C, or D grade according to the following: Quantity: The amount of bulbs produced. Size: At least ping-pong ball size or larger. Quality: The shape of the bulbs, wrapping, fully formed cloves, amount of cloves. Garlic Type: Quantity: Size: Quality: Will … Continue reading Growing Garlic in Southern California: Our Garlic Reviews

Growing Garlic in Southern California: Varieties and Subspecies

Growing Garlic in Southern California: Varieties and Subspecies? Whaaat?! When it comes to growing garlic, not all varieties are equal. There are multiple varieties of garlic that include arrays of subspecies. Unless you plan on becoming a garlic guru, I suggest knowing which varieties will grow well in Southern California, or other southern climates. It’s also important to know which garlics are tailored to your … Continue reading Growing Garlic in Southern California: Varieties and Subspecies

May 20th, 2nd Chance Lomita Farm Potted Plant Yard Sale! 9-11AM

Below is a list of  what we’ve got growing- most of which will be available for our 4” potted plant sale! Place: Lomita Farm (Contact me below for address details, or PM me via Facebook or Insta @lomitafarm) Day: Saturday, May 20th Time:  9am-11am Prices:  $2-$3 Artichokes Green Globe Purple of Romagna Chile Peppers Ajvarski Big Jim Carolina Reaper Chimayo Craig’s Grande jalapeño Fatalii Hatch Green … Continue reading May 20th, 2nd Chance Lomita Farm Potted Plant Yard Sale! 9-11AM

Seed Starter & Potting Mix Recipes

Seed Starter Mix Recipe We started making our own seed starting mix considering that the small 1.5 cubic bag of organic mix costs $8. Making your own seed starting mix is easy, cost effective, and minimizes the hassle of running out and having to buy more. Try out our recipe- it works for us! Seed Starter Mix Ingredients 2 parts peat moss 1 part perlite … Continue reading Seed Starter & Potting Mix Recipes