Important Announcement From California Gardening & some Summer Vegetable Harvests

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies – Gertrude Jekyll.

We are excited to share with our you tube viewers and gardening enthusiasts who visit our blog that California gardening is moving. Drum rolls, moving to a newer location with a larger growing space and myriad opportunities to sow and reap the purest form of pleasure that comes with gardening.

We are still in SoCal, in the city of Irvine, Zone 10. We now need to put our creative caps ON and design this space to build a bigger and better garden. So, continue to follow along on our journey of transforming this dirt area into a grower’s paradise.

New California Garden - Back yard
New California Garden – Back yard
 New California Garden - Side yard/ Raised bed area
New California Garden – Side yard/ Raised bed area

Now, moving on to some of the harvests that we made in the month of August before moving.

August harvest
  • Hyacinth Beans – We have been growing this bean variety for many years but this year we got a bumper harvest. Our plants produced heavily, and they not only grew well in summer but also when the weather became cooler. We absolutely love the texture of this bean when cooked. Hyacinth beans need to be cooked and cannot be consumed raw.
Hyacinth Beans
Hyacinth Beans
  • Okra (Nombo Giant variety) – We harvested a few pods but overall weren’t too happy with the way our Okra plants grew this season
Okra
Okra
  • Butternut Squash – It was our first time trying to grow this delicious butternut squash in our home garden and boy was it fruitful. We had a productive yield, they are very easy to grow and taste delicious. We didn’t notice any major issues with our plants except powdery mildew on some leaves.
Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash
  • Eggplants (Amethyst variety) – We got our seedlings from Home Depot and were growing these in whiskey barrel sized containers, 2 or 3 plants per container and were very happy with the produce.
Eggplants (Amethyst variety)
Eggplants (Amethyst variety)
  • Banana Flower (Rajapuri banana variety) – We were able to harvest the flower from our plant before moving. The flowers are edible and a good antioxidant source. You can peel the purple covers, harvest the small buds, remove the pistil which is black in color from the bud as it tends to make the dish bitter, chop the buds and use/cook them in salads, soups and curries. You can find a lot of interesting recipes online.
Banana Flower
Banana Flower
Banana flower
Banana flower

Here is a video guide on the announcement and the harvests we made in the month of August “Important Announcement From California Gardening & some Summer Vegetable Harvests”

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1 thought on “Important Announcement From California Gardening & some Summer Vegetable Harvests”

  1. Hi
    I watch your videos regularly and thank you for sharing tips. My concern is about jasmine plant which I planted in May. It was growing good and flowering( I bought potting mix, cow manure, all purpose plant food when potted the plant) . But from last 3 -4 weeks the plant is producing small buds but they are turning brown n falling and not flowering full size. I do not see any pest on leaves or any yellow leaves but producing many new branches and buds.
    Please help me. I watched jasmine videos of yours but don’t know how to fix this problem.
    Please let me know the potting mix and fertilizer brands to be used.

    Thank you so much.

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