Managing Crabgrass Around Citrus & Other Fruit Trees

Fighting Crabgrass Around Citrus Trees & Other Fruit Trees Many of our young citrus trees have been growing terribly slowly over the past few years. After fertilizing, nursing iron deficiencies, and constantly getting rid of aphids, mealy bugs and scale, the trees are still runts. The cause, we realized, is the huge matrix of weeds strangling the roots: Crabgrass. Crabgrass…it’s everywhere on our property and … Continue reading Managing Crabgrass Around Citrus & Other Fruit Trees

Spring/Summer 2019 Crops & Layout!

THE LAYOUT We’re now putting the final touches on our Spring/Summer Garden- just in time too!  Here’s the layout: SPRING/SUMMER CROP LIST 2019 Artichokes Green Globe Chicory & Radicchio Castelfranco Endive/Rhodos Grumolo Rossa di Verona Radicchio Rossa di Treviso Radicchio Rossa di Verona Dragon Chile Peppers Ajvarski Barker X-Hot Big Jim Carolina Reaper Craig’s Grande jalapeño Fatalii Fushimi Hatch Green Hatch Red Pimiento de Padron … Continue reading Spring/Summer 2019 Crops & Layout!

Chocolaty Beet Brownies

We don’t have to worry about a “beety taste” with this recipe. Homegrown and organic beets tend to be sweeter and tastier than the average store bought ones. The pureed beets give the brownies a moist, mochi-like texture and a beautiful sangria tint. The subtle coffee flavor really adds to the richness of the cocoa powder and milk chocolate. This unique recipe combined with the … Continue reading Chocolaty Beet Brownies

Ready, Set, Start Seeds!

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!

Sunscald on Tomatoes- Aaagh!

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!

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