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Having a kitchen garden in Southern California, where we benefit from an average of 330 sunny days a year, is like having the Garden of Eden on your patio. It means, you can grow your own vegetables year-round and when I say year-round, I mean it.
After four foggy rainy days —such a blessing, considering we are in the high desert—, today I went to check out the kitchen garden. I went straight to see the seeds that we planted 12 days ago to start our first winter garden.
The persimmon tree didn’t bloom this year, so we won’t have any fruit, but we’ll have juicy California oranges from the two trees that Andrés Ignacio and Tomás Eugenio planted three years ago, when we moved to this land, so blessed by the Southern California sun.
Once again, the miracle happened: it’s already time to plant the zucchini sprouts. In a few days we’ll be planting arugula, Italian lettuce and micro greens, whose sprouts are growing so fast. Then, it’ll be the time to plant broccoli.
This is the never-ending story. From last summer, we still have little eggplants and tomatoes, healthily growing on their plants. Pretty soon they will be done, but they are still there…While we started to prepare the soil to plant white, yellow and red onions bulbs for the first time, a tiny bush remains full of red jalapeño peppers. The little strawberry plants we planted last spring are now quite a dense strawberry field.
The lemon tree is full. The peach and the plum trees planted when we just came, were generous in fruit last summer and now are losing their leaves… At the end this is the fall season and as the Bible says there is a time for everything under heaven: a time to plant and a time to harvest…
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