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La milpa from joe b on Vimeo.

July 19, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Cucurbita, how do I love thee

Cucurbita is a genus of plant that includes squash, melons, and cucumbers.  They are dedicated growers, eager to please their gardener with a panoply of color, flavors, textures, and shapes.  They can be found in all parcels throughout the garden.

July 17, 2012 at 6:00 am 2 comments


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Our tomatoes are ripening on the vine.  A little bit of summer heat should be just what they need.

July 14, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

La milpa

In spanish each part of the corn plant has a special name.  The term milpa refers to a corn plant as well as a field of corn. A milpita is a small plant, or a small field.  A fresh ear of corn is known as an elote, while a dry one is called a masorca.  The kernels are called granas, and the husks are called hojas.  The stems and leaves, known as zacate, are chopped into fine pieces with a machete and composted.  The ground flour made from corn called masa, can be used for tortillas, tamales, atole and more.

July 13, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

The Life and Times of a Broccoli

The lives of our broccollis began as seeds purchased from our local garden store. Their lives ended when we cut the hardy nutritious florets from their thick stalks. They lived on in our kitchen as we ate them raw, steamed, or made them into delicious stir-fries.

We started the broccolli seeds in small pots at the beginning of our lives together. They lived in our sun room and on our front porch. We allowed them to soak in the rays in the sun room. During the colder winter and spring, we moved them from the inside of our sun room to the outside deck and then back indoors again during the night time. We ensured a consistantly moist soil. Of course, not all sprouts make it. Also, when the sprouts became crowded we removed smaller plants. Some sprouts faded as other sprouts flourished.This ensures space for the healther plants to thrive.

We prepared the land for the soil when the broccolli reached a height between 3 and 5 inches. I envision the roots of the plants to be equally below ground as plant that is above ground. Thus, its helpful to change the plant’s living space when tthe plant’s roots reach the bottom of its small pot. We shaped the earth into an individual  pot for each of our plants. As we rooted the sprouts in Mother Earth, we watered heavily so the roots would know they could live in their new home.

From this point on, the broccoli thrived. We watered them every four to eight days depending on their needs. At this time we also watered, herbs and cabbage in the Earth and cared for sprouts in our home’s sun-room.

In the midst of this, aphids did attack one plant and a gopher ate the roots of another one. We simply removed the plants once.Generally, broccoli detours pests. This just reminds us that, just like in life, unpredictable events occur . In these times, we do our best and move on!

Broccolli is extremely hardy and flourishes in our environment, a moderate and coastal beach town. The life of a broccolli plant ranges from 4-6 months, depending on weather and sprouting conditions. For example, even though we planted our plants at the same time, we harvested them at various times based on their readiness.

We have now cleared our broccolli. We continue to enjoy the brassica in our kitchen though. The new room made space for our cucumbers and GIGANTIC winter squash plants.

July 12, 2012 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

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