Since our greenhouse is our living room, and the weather is finally warming up in southern California, it’s time to start our seeds. Last weekend, during our first warm, sunny morning in months, we started chile peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, and basil (see varieties below). For all you SoCal gardeners out there, here’s a breakdown of our method: Seeds: We started planting our summer plant seeds, … Continue reading Ready, Set, Start Seeds!
When tomato fruits are exposed to direct sun in really hot weather, they are susceptible to sunscald. Sunscald is more apparent on plants with sparse foliage or those that have lost foliage due to disease. The leaves on many of our plants in “Tomato Land” contracted a fungus that was easily rid of, but caused a lot of foliage to shrivel up, exposing our much … Continue reading Sunscald on Tomatoes- Aaagh!
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.
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)
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
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!
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
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
It’s hot, spring and summer crops are coming to an end, and the transition to fall planting is in the horizon. If you live in a southern climate like we do, now is the best time for soil solarization. Solarizing unused garden beds or areas cleared by harvesting will help rid the soil of plant funk, otherwise known as diseases, pesky weeds like crab grass, … Continue reading Soil Solarization
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