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!

Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!

First of all, what is Fermentation? People often think of beer or wine when they hear about fermentation, although the process extends to bread, cheeses, vegetables, yogurt, and beyond, and has been around since the beginning of the human era. At first, humans didn’t even know how it happened. In the East and in Europe, people gave thanks to the gods who changed watery juice … Continue reading Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!

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.

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)

Lomita Farm Potted Plant List

Our seedlings are going off!  Below is a complete list of our potted plants grown from seeds.  A lot of these we’ll keep, and the rest we’ll be selling at our open house.  Also, check out Grangetto’s Southern California Planting Guide for successful timing. SNEAK PEEK! Here’s what we’ve got growing for our 4” potted plant sale! Place: Lomita Farm  Time: In 2-3 weeks! Artichokes … Continue reading Lomita Farm Potted Plant List

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