Cinco de Mayo 4″ Potted Plant Sale @ Lomita Farm! 9-11 A.M.

We have lots of rare and heirloom vegetable varieties grown from seed right here on Lomita Farm.  We will also have homegrown avocados, grapefruits, lemons, beets, and radishes available for purchase.  Come on by and check us out this Saturday, May 5, between 9-11 AM.  Contact me via this website for address details. Plant varieties include: Artichokes– Globe, Purple of Romagna Chard– Swiss Rainbow Chiles– … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo 4″ Potted Plant Sale @ Lomita Farm! 9-11 A.M.

Our Spring 2018 Growing List & Raised Bed Layout (Zone 10, SoCal)

Growing List- Spring 2018 We are super excited to see what this spring and summer give us with the varieties we’ve narrowed down to due to hardiness, abundance, and above all, taste. We’ve also added a few more varieties this season, such as the golden beet, chicories and radicchios, elephant garlic, pinkerton avocado, hops, and much more.  Below is an “almost” complete list of what … Continue reading Our Spring 2018 Growing List & Raised Bed Layout (Zone 10, SoCal)

SoCal Planting Guides

A few teeny tiny tomatoes?  Unimpressive shrively winter squash?  One or two spindly sprigs of kale?  Hmmm….sounds like you may have bought veggie plants too early, or planted seeds at the wrong time.  Unless you have a high tech growing facility, Mother Nature isn’t easily fooled.  For a successful harvest, start your seeds and plant out doors when the time is right for our SoCal … Continue reading SoCal Planting Guides

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