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

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

2017 Lomita Farm Spring Crop Plans

Here’s the spring 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).  Bush beans, snap peas, corn, garlic, and root veggies (radishes, carrots, onions, chives) are directly sown in the beds while everything else is started in containers in our small green house. The soil is a … Continue reading 2017 Lomita Farm Spring Crop Plans

Beet-Dyed Easter Eggs

Easy, natural, organic, bug free, and no #40. This simple and nutrient packed pink-to-red food coloring is fun to make and completely safe. It’s beet dye! All you need is a few large beets, some white vinegar – and hardboiled eggs, of course! Juicing Method 3-10 beets. This depends on how many eggs you want to dye. 1 Tbsp white vinegar for every cup of … Continue reading Beet-Dyed Easter Eggs

Organic Compost Tea & BioChar

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

Lomita Farm’s Crop Rotation Plan & Planting Tips

 Whether you have a farm or small garden, crop planning and rotation is essential to successful growing. Planting Tips: Know your vegetable families. Only vegetables within the same family should be planted together in a plot or bed. For example, chiles and tomatoes may be planted together, but beets and chiles should not. Also, in a crop rotation, a vegetable family should only be planted … Continue reading Lomita Farm’s Crop Rotation Plan & Planting Tips

The Mother Hubbard: Heirloom Winter Squash

Squash is one of the oldest known crops. It has been a main staple for Native Americans for over 10,000 years, and historically referred to as one of America’s Three Sisters for its sustainability, supporting the livelihood of generations of native cultures. The genus, cucurbita (squash), includes many varieties such as round stem butternuts (cucurbita moschata), prickly stemmed summer zucchini (cucurbita pepo), and the round winter … Continue reading The Mother Hubbard: Heirloom Winter Squash