California Gardening June 2020 Garden Tour – Gardening Tips, Harvests, & more!

In today’s episode we will show you how our garden looks in the month of June, give a tour of our raised beds and containers. We will show you some of the harvests we made this month followed by an EZ DIY Trellis that you can put together in minutes using a wire mesh sheet. We also show you a delicious Puri / fried tortilla recipe that you can make using fresh fenugreek leaves harvested from your garden.

Raised Beds

Our raised beds have now established quite well.

In the first raised bed we have planted some onion sets. Towards the center we have the loofah(luffa) plant and pineapple ground cherries are planted on the side which make an excellent ground cover.

In the second raised beds we have okras, soybeans and beets growing. It’s been so hot lately that the beets which are cool season crop have struggled to survive.

Our third bed has peppers interplanted with a flowering plant called Portulacas which are flowering plant that act as good companion plants for pepper, add color to your raised bed, and will also attract lot of pollinators. We are growing different varieties of peppers like the Giant Marconi pepper, cayenne pepper, candy cane pepper, bell pepper and Poblanos in this raised bed

In our fourth bed, we have eight different tomato varieties growing and they are inter planted with lettuce. Our tomato plants have grown taller and they are providing shade to the lettuce seedlings. We are expecting to harvest lot of tomatoes in the coming months.

Finally, our last bed has an assortment of plants growing sunchokes, kale, eggplant, taro plants, watermelon, longevity spinach and ivy gourds growing on a trellis towards the back of the bed.

Raised Beds
Raised Beds

Containers

We have the Malabar spinach growing on an EZ Trellis which works well for containers, Black beauty eggplant, Amethyst eggplant which has produced abundantly this month, pole beans, Soy Beans (Edamame), peppers (Bell Pepper, Anaheim chili pepper and bird’s eye chili Pepper), okra, pumpkin, Hyacinth beans on an EZ trellis, cantaloupes, husky cherry red tomatoes, Millionaire eggplant, Nombo giant okra, and sweet corn which has grown quite large.

Containers
Containers

Harvests

We harvested lots of Amethyst eggplants from our plant which was overwintered from last year, Brown turkey fig which was very juicy, ivy gourds, okras, Bell peppers, candy cane peppers, bird’s eye chili pepper, pineapple ground cherries, strawberries, and husky red cherry tomatoes which is an abundant producer.

Harvest Collage
Harvests
Amethyst Eggplants
Amethyst Eggplants
Pineapple ground cherries
Pineapple ground cherries

Things to do

Container Trellis – We build this EZ trellis for two of our whiskey barrel sized containers. You will need 42’’x84” steel wire remesh sheet, 8inch wire cable ties, spray paint if you want to paint your trellis. You can find these at your local Home Depot. Now, bend the trellis on the long side applying pressure on all ends till it forms a cylindrical shape. The steel mesh is not very malleable so you will need to apply pressure to get the desired shape. Once it forms a cylinder you can secure the two ends using the 8inch wire ties. Now, push the trellis into your container and you can optionally secure it further by tying it to rebars/steel stakes for added support.

Bending and securing wire remesh sheet
Bending and securing wire remesh sheet
EZ Trellis in the container

Worm Tea Application – We are using Vermisterra worm tea which is an excellent quality amendment that you can add to your soil in raised beds or containers. You can buy these at www.VermisTerra.com and get 10% off using coupon code cag. It’s a great quality product and we have been using their products for some time now. We add couple tablespoons to a gallon of water and regularly drench our plants with this solution once in 10 days.

Worm tea application

Recipe – Fenugreek Puri/Fried Tortilla

For this recipe you will need 2 cups of chopped/cleaned fenugreek leaves. We recommend removing the stems and just using the tender leaves for this recipe, otherwise it may make the puris bitter. We also need 2 cups whole wheat flour, ½ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp chili powder, some carrom seeds, a pinch of asafetida (optional), oil to knead and salt as per taste.

Chopped fenugreek leaves
Chopped fenugreek leaves
Ingredients
Ingredients
Whole wheat flour
Whole wheat flour

You mix all the ingredients in the flour and use water/oil to knead into soft dough.

Kneaded dough
Kneaded dough

Once the dough is ready you roll them into small circles using a roller and fry in some oil/ or optionally use the air fryer to make delicious puris that our kids devour in seconds.

Fenugreek Puris
Fenugreek Puris

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