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
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
I’m a Latina gal growing a lot of Japanese kabochas, so of course squash tacos are a thing in my house! The beauty of the taco is that it can be stuffed with almost anything. The sweet flesh of our Blue Kuri kabochas are heartier and healthier than any meat option and the flavor is incredible. If you can’t find a beautiful tasty heirloom squash, … Continue reading Vegan Squash Tacos
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
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
Serendipity…that’s what I called the timing of meeting up with an old high school friend who happens to be a sales rep for Earthworm Organics- Vermigrow. He knew we’d be getting ready for spring planting soon and offered to bring over some of his company’s compost tea and bio char. At the time, I was concerned about our perennial artichokes since it was nearing fruiting … Continue reading Organic Compost Tea & BioChar