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.
Now, moving on to some of the harvests that we made in the month of August before moving.
- 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.
- Okra (Nombo Giant variety) – We harvested a few pods but overall weren’t too happy with the way our Okra plants grew this season
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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”