As is quite evident in the length of time between the last entry and this one, I've been a little neglectful in posting to my community garden blog. It hasn't been that there isn't anything to report in the garden, although admittedly the fall-winter garden (even in Southern California) is not quite as overtly exciting as the spring-summer garden. Still, that doesn't mean there isn't a lot going on.
Fall saw the usual explosion of chrysanthemums and an unexpectedly large harvest of olives (about 100) from my potted Frantoio olive tree, which you can see to the left of the mums against the wall above. I water cured them and then stored them in a glass jar filled with red vinegar and olive oil. Yum.
And then, of course, the poinsettia went off with its usual splash of red right at Christmas. It's still going strong, as is the alyssum, which keeps the bees and other beneficial insects happy. I also still have arugula, basil (yes, basil -- from last spring's basil plant), kale and lettuces. Otherwise, I've been continuing to prepare the soil for the next round of planting and every gardeners favorite time of year: tomatomania (in honor of the good folks who bring us so many wonderful seedlings), which of course also includes cucumbers, melons, peppers and all the rest of the fabulous spring/summer crops.