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Growing an edible garden in SoCal, zone 9b. Garden updates and chicken shenanigans. 🌱🐓🌶🙃👩🏻‍🌾

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We only had one chicken laying for the last three months. I’m not sure why all the rest stopped. They weren’t molting. It wasn’t cold. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I’m just glad they all started laying again and we’re finally getting enough for omlettes! 🍳😻

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Harvesting a misato rose radish for lunch. These look really similar to the watermelon radish but the pink color comes on at a smaller size and run along the middle. They taste sweeter, with less of a bite, and are the perfect size when sliced for sandwiches. Seeds from @hudsonvalleyseedco

16 day ago
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Sugar magnolia snap peas. They’re finally coming in by the handful. Snap peas are one my favorite parts of winter gardening in So Cal. They look and taste their best with a few cold days here and there but don’t bolt like other winter veggies when we see 80 degree days in January. (Like today!)

18 day ago
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First batch of moro blood oranges is ready to pick! Cobra Commander wanted to help. 🐓#bloodoranges

37 day ago
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The winter garden veggies here are cozy, not crowded. 😅 Radishes, broccoli, red mustard, tatsoi, rosemary, and curly kale are looking comfy. This weekend we’ll harvest some of the mustard and radish for pickling and tatsoi for sautéing. 🥬🥦

38 day ago
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A few of the superstar flowers giving our winter garden some color right now - magnolia sugar peas, strawberry blonde calendula, Mexican sunflower. 🌞

44 day ago
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Happy New Year from the community plot! The kale plant has become a shrub. And I’m hoping that keeping the garlic here will give it a better chance so I don’t fuss over it and overwater. 🧄💚

47 day ago
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For New Years Eve, we decided to do some garden clean up. I’ve left the luffa to do its thing for the last month without any supplemental watering, assuming the plants would dry out and I’d get one more big harvest. Well we harvested this giant pile of fruit and started pulling down the vines but found that there’s still new growth and a bunch of baby fruits. I didn’t have the heart to pull the whole thing out, so maybe we’ll have luffa forever! 🙃

49 day ago
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Radishes incoming! These were ready to harvest exactly 8 weeks from being direct sowed. I really need to set a calendar reminder to be better about succession sowing this time around so we can have fresh radishes throughout the winter and into spring. 🤓

50 day ago
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A month of winter growth for Japanese red mustard, broccoli, tatsoi, blue curly kale and radishes. The outer leaves of the mustard and tatsoi were harvested two weeks ago so the new growth came in pretty quickly considering the cooler weather. One of the few things I can appreciate about winter is that I can grow a ton of different leafy green things that normally struggle in the heat by the time spring comes around. @aweedygarden mentioned that they are able to grow tatsoi in my same zone during the summer too so I think I’ll give that a go next year. Next week, as we approach the new year and the last week of holiday break, there will be a lot of garden clean up, spring/summer garden planning and seed organizing. Maybe seed starting? Anyone else starting their spring seeds soon??

51 day ago
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Borage sprouts anyone? Did I listen to all of the warnings that borage self seeds profusely and can be invasive? No. Do I mind it? Ehhh a little because of the extra work to clear these out of the heavily mulched walkways after it rains. But not so much since they are easy to pull out when they’re young and the chickens seem to like them as sprouts. The trade off is those beautiful blue flowers that pollinators love so so much. 🐝

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Blue beauty tomatoes still hanging in there as we head into late December. Seeds started back in January, transplanted in March and still making fruit. Color me impressed. Crossing fingers that we don’t see a frost until these babies have fully ripened. 🤞🤞🤞

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