Tuesday, July 3, 2012
May gray and June gloom make me blue
Normal summers for our area start off cool and cloudy. We've learned that our peaches need sunshine to get sweet, and without it, they are just blah. So, if you're thinking of planting a peach in coastal Southern California, get a very late ripener with extremely low chill hours such as August Pride, Southern Rose, or Red Baron.
The good news is our boysenberries (Thornless) and blueberries (Sunshine Blue) didn't seem to mind the lack of sunshine. Both have done extremely well this year. We froze 12 quarts of berries in addition to making multiple cobblers, smoothies, jam, and all the fresh eating we wanted.
After working out some kinks with the water system, our summer garden is planted and we look forward to tomato season.
May harvest tally:
38 lbs. of fresh fruits and veggies
June harvest tally:
43 lbs. of fresh fruits and veggies
2012 total so far:
175 lbs. of fresh fruits and veggies
We live on a 1/10th acre lot and rent a 20x20 foot community garden plot.