blossomvalleylife Photos & Videos

2 weeks ago

I have been trying to decide what this volunteer is in one of my raised beds. I finally decided it is a luffa. At first I thought it might be Metki Painted Serpent from Baker Creek seeds. I guess time will tell for sure. If it is luffa I plan on eating them while they are small as I’m not sure they’ll fully develop this late in the season. #blossom #freefood #vines #luffa #growfood #growyourownfood #vegetables #farmtotable #food forest #permaculture #backyardgarden #growfoodnotlawns #mybackyard #letfoodbethymedicine #homegrown #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #greenthumb #urbanfarm #sandiegolife #socal #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

610
3 weeks ago

The passion fruit vine is finally fruiting! It is 3 years old and has never produced fruit. Last year I planted a 2nd vine to see if that would help with pollination. The original vine is 40 feet long and loaded with blooms. I hand pollinate using a paintbrush or if I am lazy I just rub 2 flowers together. Looking forward to an abundant harvest! #passionfruit #vine #blooms #flowers #tropicalfruit #foodforest #permaculture #backyardgarden #growfoodnotlawns #mybackyard #eatseasonal #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #eathealthy #growfood #growyourownfood #freefood #letfoodbethymedicine #pollination #zone10b #sandiegolife #socal #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

611
4 weeks ago

The large bottle gourds are still growing and setting new fruit. Since it is so late in the season I plan on removing the smaller ones and let the large ones dry on the vine. I may try cooking some of the smaller fruits, I’ve never eaten one but they are supposed to be good. #bottlegourd #gourd #growfood #growyourownfood #backyardgarden #mybackyard #growfoodnotlawns #letfoodbethymedicine #organic #organicgarden #organicfood #foodforest #permaculture #eathealthy #urbanfarm #greenthumb #birdhouse #instafood #sandiegolife #socal #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

660
1 month ago

The pear tree is so confused! I just harvested the last of the Asian Pears and now the tree is in bloom and producing more pears. My apple trees often do this and give two crops a year. I don’t think the pears will mature before the leaves start dropping but we’ll have to wait and see! Nature is so much fun to watch! #asianpears #pears #fruit #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #eathealthy #growfoodnotlawns #letfoodbethymedicine #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbangarden #mybackyard #eatseasonal #backyardgarden #mygarden #greenthumb #orchard #permaculture #foodforest #farmtotable #sandiegolife #socal #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

573
1 month ago

Ate the last of the peaches today. It is always sad to see the end of the season! Luckily we still have a lot of other fruits producing. We are trying something new this year-eating as much of our produce fresh instead of freezing or canning as often. We are lucky to live in a climate where we have fresh food growing year round so it just makes more sense to eat seasonally ! #peaches #freshfruit #growfood #growyourownfood #fruittrees #eatseasonal #growfoodnotlawns #letfoodbethymedicine #permaculture #foodforest #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #eathealthy #organic #organicgarden #organicfood #farmtotable #freefood #eathealthy #urbangarden #sandiegolife #socal #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

771
1 month ago

Always sad when a harvest is ending! This is the LAST mango on the tree! Luckily other trees are still producing...figs, oranges, pears, jujubes, bananas, and pomegranate! Can’t beat fresh and free produce! #mango #tropicalfruit #fruit #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #letfoodbethymedicine #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #farmtotable #urbangarden #foodforest #permaculture #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #orchard #eathealthy #greenthumb #socalgarden #socal #sandiegolife #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

543
1 month ago

I’itoi onions are one of my favorite types to grow. These multiplier onions grow year round with no effort and have a wonderful bold flavor. Swipe to see them growing and the Thai Quinoa Salad I made from Run Fast Cook Fast Eat Slow my new favorite cookbook! Thanks Margot! #onions #quinoa #quinoasalad #runfastcookfasteatslow #growfood #growyourownfood #freefood #eatyourveggies #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #farmtotable #growfoodnotlawns #foodforest #permaculture #urbanfarm #greenthumb #urbanhomestead #sandiego #socal #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

710
2 months ago

The dragon fruit is in bloom again! I have fruit at all different stages right now. So fun to have an ongoing harvest. I love going out at night and seeing this! Swipe to see the fruit! Such a rich color with all of the antioxidants and flavonoids! #dragonfruit #pitaya #blooms #flowerstagram #freefood #eathealthy #growyourownfood #growyourfood #letfoodbethymedicine #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #greenthumb #urbanfarm #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #foodforest #permaculture #instafood #fruit #socal #sandiego #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

758
2 months ago

More ripe ice cream bananas ready to be picked! We have over 70 banana plants now. I love the way they look and the sound of the wind going through the leaves. Watching the fruit develop and ripen is a treat too! Now we get to eat these! #bananas #bananaplant #icecreambanana #tropicalfruit #fruit #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownfood #freefood #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #urbanfarm #permaculture #foodforest #instafood #mygarden #mybackyard #backyardgarden #greenthumb #zone10a #socal #sandiego #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

925
2 months ago

If you’re not growing tree collards you have to get some! These purple tree collards grow year round and we can’t begin to eat all of the leaves! This is a plant I started two years ago from an older tree collard. Propagation is easy - just snip a stem remove the leaves and stick in a pot. I throw these in everything- scrambled eggs, spaghetti sauce, pizza, soups, and of course juices. Gotta love effortless free food! #purpletreecollards #treecollards #collardgreens #eatyourgreens #eatyourveggies #growyourownfood #growyourfood #eathealthy #organicgarden #organic #organicfood #freefood #mybackyard #mygarden #backyardgarden #foodforest #permaculture #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #letfoodbethymedicine #greenthumb #socal #sandiego #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

580
2 months ago

The Mexicola Grande avocados are almost ripe! The skin slowly changes from a green to almost a deep purple like an eggplant when they are ripe. This is the first year we are getting fruit from this tree. This avocado is very creamy with a rich nutty flavor. Can’t wait to eat these! #avocado #avocadotree #fruit #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growyourfood #eathealthy #greenthumb #orchard #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #organicgarden #organicfood #organic #urbanhomestead #permaculture #foodforest #letfoodbethymedicine #growfoodnotlawns #socal #sandiego #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

837
2 months ago

I planted the Malabar spinach a little late this year due to so many vacations away from home. It is loving our end of summer heat! I usually eat it raw in salads. It has wonderful antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein and is a good source of magnesium and even has protein! Eat your greens! #malabarspinach #growfood #growyourownfood #freefood #eathealthy #eatyourveggies #growfoodnotlawns #backyardgarden #permaculture #foodforest #perennials #letfoodbethymedicine #mygarden #mybackyard #salads #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbanhomestead #greenthumb #socal #sandiego #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

702
2 months ago

Starting to harvest some of the winter squash. I leave them in the garden to harden off for several days and then I put them on a slatted shelf that has good air circulation . My favorite way to eat them is seasoned and roasted in cubes. A close second is in soups using an immersion blender to add creaminess. Now we just need some cooler temps, in the 90’s again! #wintersquash #squash #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #eatyourveggies #eathealthy #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #foodforest #permaculture #urbanfarm #freefood #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #letfoodbethymedicine #instagarden #sandiego #socal #zone10 #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

710
2 months ago

The jujubes are nice and plump! I let them grow until they are brown and start to shrivel. Then they fall to the ground and I harvest them. The flavor is sweet like a date. If you prefer you can harvest them just as the fruit starts to change color and they are crisp like an apple. Jujubes are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are high in potassium making them good for blood pressure control. #jujubes #fruit #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #foodforest #permaculture #greenthumb #eathealthy #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

701
2 months ago

The dragon fruit or pitaya is loaded with fruit this year. This is the deep pink fruit variety. They bloom at night and are such a fun addition to the garden. The fruit are rich in antioxidants, great for the immune system, and high in vitamin C. And the best part? They’re delicious! #pitaya #dragonfruit #fruit #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownfood #foodforest #permaculture #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #mybackyard #backyardgarden #freefood #greenthumb #antioxidants #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #farmtotable #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

804
2 months ago

Two of the passion fruit vines are starting to bloom. Unfortunately two other vines got roasted in the heat. Hoping they will come back next year. There are over 500 varieties of passion fruit and I have only three! The flowers are gorgeous and there are several types of butterflies that love the vines. Passion fruit are a great immune booster and source of antioxidants. I love to use the passion fruit in my smoothies. They are an easy no care vine to add to your garden! #passionfruit #smoothies #butterflies #blooms #flowers #permaculture #foodforest #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #freefood #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #greenthumb #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

914
2 months ago

I have 2 carambola or starfruit trees that I have grown from seeds. Today I am planting them in the tropical food forest in a little grouping with a new Papaya tree, a Mango tree, and a couple of banana plants. The tropicals seem to enjoy being planted close and creating a wind barrier and nice micro climate for each other. With any luck the starfruit should start to produce within a year! #starfruit #tropicalfruit #fruittrees #foodforest #permaculture #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #urbangardening #eathealthy #growfromseeds #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

474
2 months ago

The Asian pears are starting to ripen. They are still a little smaller than I like so I’m hoping the slightly cooler weather will help plump them up! The weather forecast is pretty much 88 degrees every day but at least the nights are back to the sixties! #pears #asianpears #fruit #fruittree #freefood #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #urbangardening #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #mygarden #mybackyard #backyardgarden #foodforest #permaculture #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

7812
3 months ago

The lemongrass doesn’t seem to mind the hot weather! It has spread quite a bit in the orchard. I planted it as part of a permaculture guild under one of the pear trees. I think I will dig some of it out this fall as I have so many plants now. Today’s project is making Lemongrass Tea for a cold drink for tomorrow! I love not shopping at the store and enjoying the abundance from the garden. #lemongrass #lemongrasstea #permaculture #guilds #foodforest #icedtea #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #instafood #mygarden #mybackyard #backyardgarden #eathealthy #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

614
3 months ago

My pomegranate tree has been very confused with our weird weather this year! Normally it is loaded with fruit by now and we only have a handful so far. Now it is blooming again and setting more fruit! It will be interesting to see when they ripen! #pomegranate #blooms #fruit #fruittree #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #eathealthy #permaculture #foodforest #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

655
3 months ago

The carnival squash growing below the corn are really taking off! They are a mixture of sweet dumpling and acorn squash. With a flavor similar to butternut squash they can be roasted and seasoned for soups, risotto, or as a side. The good news is they keep for up to a month. I like to put the squash in decorative groupings on my tile entryway floor where it is nice and cool. They look cute, and store well! #squash #growfood #growyourownfood #eatyourveggies #growfoodnotlawns #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #eathealthy #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #urbangardening #permaculture #foodforest #farmtotable #greenthumb #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #zone9b #sandiego #socal #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

510
3 months ago

The prickly pear cactus fruits are ready to harvest. We use a pair of tongs to pick the fruit and we filled a five gallon bucket full ! Tonight when it is cooler we will burn the tunas skin with a propane torch to remove the spines. Then I will peel them, quarter them, and freeze them. Cactus tunas are a great source of fiber, magnesium, and betalain antioxidants. These help against inflammation, cancer, aging, and lower cholesterol. The best part is they taste great in smoothies and add beautiful color! #cactus #pricklypear #nopales #tunas #antioxidants #smoothies #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #organicgarden #organic #organicfood #instafood #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #greenthumb #farmtotable #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

874
3 months ago

Back from our trip to Maine and most of the plants survived ! The sweet corn is ready to be picked! Even with our excessive heat this year I have a great crop. The four sisters technique worked great. I planted the corn, two types of beans, sunflowers, and three types of squash. This time of year is so much fun with all the harvesting! #sweetcorn #foursisters #companionplanting #harvesttime #corn #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #backyardgarden #organicgarden #organicfood #organic #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #mygarden #mybackyard #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #greenthumb #instagarden #zone9b #socal #sandiego #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

684
3 months ago

Bananas are starting to ripen. This variety is a dwarf Iholena a Hawaiian banana 🍌 from Baker Creek. I have over 70 banana plants now so I try to keep them growing in groups so I can keep track of the varieties. They taste so good just cut off the plant. #bananas #freshfruit #tropicalfruit #foodforest #permaculture #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #freefood #mygarden #mybackyard #backyardgarden #eathealthy #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #greenthumb #urbangarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #instafood #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

753
3 months ago

This is a cherimoya blossom on our tree! They are so much work to pollinate. Each flower has a male and female stage. They do not pollinate easily in our area as they are native to South America. You have to collect the pollen from the male and pollinate the female. Then you break off the corner of the bloom so you know it is done. Supposedly if you over pollinate a bloom the fruit will have a ton of seeds! But the delicious fruit makes it worth the effort! #cherimoya #pollination #tropicalfruit #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #blossoms #fruit #eathealthy #permaculture #foodforest #zone9b #socal #sandiego #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

721
4 months ago

Anyone have ideas for using frozen avocados? Our neighbor gave us 102 avocados 🥑 that had dropped from the tree during the hot weekend. We have added lemon juice and vacuum sealed them in our food saver. Luckily there was room in the freezer. I know I can make guacamole, pasta sauce maybe, or in my smoothies. Any ideas? Oh and did I mention we have four trees too? Ours are younger so they don’t produce as much. Gotta love free food! #avocado #freefood #guacamole #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #vacuumsealed #foodsaver #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #eathealthy #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #permaculture #foodforest #instafood #greenthumb #fruittree #orchard #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

10319
4 months ago

It was so hot this weekend! Came home from the beach to a fried yard and a 117 degree afternoon. Our water bill is already over $300 a month, we need rain! I’m hoping most of the plants will survive. The photos are of our apple tree, Papaya, banana tree, loquat tree, chayote squash, rose bush, rapini, and potatoes. Luckily the chickens don’t mind burned produce! #hotweather #socalsummer #heatwave #mybackyard #mygarden #permaculture #foodforest #growfood #growyourownfood #eathealthy #appletree #freefood #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbangarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #greenthumb #backyardgarden #growfoodnotlawns #papaya #bananatree #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

6611
4 months ago

The ice cream bean tree blossom has opened! Excited to get fruit on our three year old tree. The tree is a member of the legume family and is a great nitrogen fixer. When you open the ice cream bean pod the seeds are surrounded by a white fluffy pulp that tastes like vanilla ice cream and has the texture of cotton candy. Dessert on a tree! #icecreambean #cottoncandy #tropical #foodforest #permaculture #nitrogenfixer #freefood #growyourownfood #growfood #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #instagarden #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #orchard #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

720
4 months ago

The dragon fruit are in bloom! This one plant has 16 blossoms. They open up at night and the bees get so excited! These are the deep red variety so they are loaded with antioxidants and are a great immune booster. I either eat them cold as a snack or freeze them for smoothies. #dragonfruit #antioxidants #immunebooster #fruit #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownfood #freefood #eathealthy #foodforest #permaculture #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #urbangardening #blossoms #greenthumb #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #sandiego #socal #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

686
4 months ago

So many apples to harvest! Today it was chip time! I decided to do these in my oven instead of the Excalibur so I could use a little higher heat. Sliced the apples with the mandoline without coring them. So quick and easy. Put them on parchment paper on cookie sheets and sprinkled them with coconut sugar and cinnamon. Baked them at 200 for almost three hours, turning them once! So easy and so yummy. Definitely doing this again soon! I plan on vacuum packing the next batch. More photos in my stories. #apples #fruit #applechips #orchard #freefood #fruitsnacks #harvest #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #foodforest #permaculture #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #eathealthy #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

722
4 months ago

I started a longevity spinach plant from a cutting and it is beginning to leaf out. This plant is an easy to grow perennial that is good for helping cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure stay at a healthy level. I try to eat two leaves a day either in salads, with lettuce on a sandwich, or cooked in a soup or stir fry. I have the larger plant also known as gynura procumbens right near the kitchen door so it is easy to harvest. #longevityspinach #gynuraprocumbens #eatyourveggies #eatyourgreens #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownfood #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #eathealthy #urbanhomestead #urbangarden #urbanfarm #greenthumb #instafood #instagarden #mygarden #mybackyard #backyardgarden #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

600
4 months ago

Planting more moringa seeds today. I have started a large row along one of my property lines and plan on having 20 trees. I already have some starts that I am planting. I have several mature trees in my food forest area , so I decided to plant more. They can grow to 12 feet in a year and are drought resistant! The seed pods are edible when young and taste like asparagus, the flowers and leaves are great in salads, and I eat the greens in my daily smoothie. Moringa has numerous health benefits including lowering cholesterol, blood sugar, and inflammation and it has great nutritional benefits! #moringa #smoothies #foodforest #permaculture #freefood #superfoods #superfood #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownfood #eathealthy #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #greenthumb #mygarden #mybackyard #backyardgarden #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #farmtotable #instagarden #zone9b #socal #sandiego #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

714
4 months ago

Heard some chirping when I walked under the bananas and look what I found! This is an oriole nest! The Daddy has been so busy flying around the yard gathering insects for the babies. The orioles like citrus during the egg incubation time, but switch to insects once they hatch. We had a banana bunch to harvest right next to the nest so it had to be done carefully when the Daddy was gone so we didn’t disturb feeding time! #orioles #nest #birdnest #bananatree #banana #birdsofinstagram #birdstagram #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #growfoodnotlawns #growfood #growyourownfood #foodforest #permaculture #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbanhomestead #urbangarden #urbanfarm #greenthumb #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

798
5 months ago

The Hosui Asian Pear looks like it is going to produce a lot of fruit this year. The tree is relatively new to the orchard and grew a lot in height the first year or two. I have planted comfrey as a ground cover, along with calendula, and fava beans. I mulch with the comfrey and chop and drop the fava to help with nitrogen for the soil. The calendula attracts the bees. The tree seems very happy! #permaculture #foodforest #fruit #fruittree #pear #pears #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #orchard #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #freefood #eathealthy #mybackyard #backyardgarden #mybackyard #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

714
5 months ago

We have so many apples! The Anna tree and the Dorsett tree are starting to ripen. So I defrosted the big freezer today and I still have applesauce and apple pie filling from last year! We eat several fresh apples a day and you can’t even tell. Don’t know what my plan is going to be for the rest of the crop. Maybe some apple butter, or some dehydrated apples, or daily apple juice? But we already have grapefruit and orange juice, so I think I’ll be finding friends that can help! #fruit #apples #freefood #applesauce #applepie #growfood #growyourownfood #farmtotable #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #urbangarden #permaculture #foodforest #mybackyard #backyardgarden #mygarden #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #eathealthy #greenthumb #orchard #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

816
5 months ago

This is what you want to see coming out of a gopher hole - snake skin! We have seen several gopher snakes 🐍 in the yard and we are so happy. There is also an owl box in our canyon so we usually see four owls at sunset. In addition we do set gopher traps and plant in cages, so I think we are winning the battle this season! #gophers #gophersnake #owls #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #growfoodnotlawns #permaculture #foodforest #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #growfood #instagarden #growyourownfood #greenthumb #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

505
5 months ago

The Violette de Bordeaux figs are almost ripe! We have four varieties of figs planted to extend the season. I started this tree from a small 6” start from Baker Creek. I have allowed this fig to have multiple branches more like a bush than a tree and it is very happy! Hopefully the birds will not discover them before harvest time! #figs #bakercreek #fruit #fruittree #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #orchard #eathealthy #growfoodnotlawns #backyardgarden #permaculture #foodforest #farmtotable #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #instafood #greenthumb #getoutside #mybackyard #mygarden #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

828
5 months ago

A volunteer tomato is coming up right in the middle of my squash plant. I am leaving it there and will see what happens. Last year I found the volunteer veggies were some of the most productive plants in the garden. The longer a variety grows in your microclimate it seems the better suited the seeds become to their environment. The chickens are great helpers with leaving seeds all over! #volunteerplants #tomatoes #squash #squashblossom #blossom #raisedbeds #microclimate #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #eathealthy #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #permaculture #foodforest #greenthumb #farmtotable #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

660
5 months ago

The four sisters planting is doing well. The corn is getting taller although something has been eating the tips. I think it might be rabbits so I have started covering the area with a row cover at night. The beans are growing fast at the base of each corn. Swipe to see the squash and sunflowers. I have squash planted as a ground cover, and a row of sunflowers at the edge. #corn #threesisters #foursisters #beans #squash #sunflowers #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownfood #getoutside #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #permaculture #foodforest #greenthumb #mygarden #eathealthy #mybackyard #backyardgarden #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

621
5 months ago

The pineapple guava is loaded with blooms! Did you know you can eat the flowers 🌺? They are a great addition to salads or just a fun snack while you are gardening. Can’t wait to pick the fruit The fruit should be ready in 4 or 5 months! #guava #feijoa #edibleflowers #fruit #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #greenthumb #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #farmtotable #foodforest #permaculture #urbangarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #mybackyard #mygarden #backyardgarden #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

699
5 months ago

Just harvested another batch of I’itoi multiplier onions. The bulbs are mild like shallots and the greens are nice and spicy. I harvest these as needed for cooking while they are growing. Once the greens start to brown I pull up the bulbs and then replant the smaller ones for the next season. You never have to buy them again! I either freeze the chopped up onions for soup or dehydrate the bulbs and greens. #onion #multiplieronions #shallots #greenoinions #backyardgarden #mybackyard #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #growfood #greenthumb #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #eathealthy #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #permaculture #foodforest #farmtotable #instafood #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

761
5 months ago

The reed avocados are getting a little bigger! We planted a row of avocados 🥑 on a slope and they are much happier than the ones planted in a flat area. I’m excited to see how many we get this year. We are eating the last of the Hass avocados. We have also planted Mexicola so we have a variety of types that ripen at different times. #avocado #avocados #fruittrees #orchard #foodforest #permaculture #freefood #growfood #greenthumb #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #urbanhomestead #backyardgarden #urbanfarm #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #mygarden #mybackyard #instafood #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

682
5 months ago

Summer is coming! The sunflowers are blooming and the bees 🐝 and the finches are so happy! I love the color the flowers bring to the garden. The multi head sunflowers are fun to grow although the flowers can be smaller than the single flower plants. I love to grow sprouts from the seeds. #sunflowers #blooms #flowers #summertimefun #sprouts #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #mybackyard #backyardgarden #permaculture #foodforest #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #organic #organicgardening #organicfood #getoutside #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

890
5 months ago

Love it when your neighbor brings you presents! This is one of my favorite parts of gardening...sharing food, plants, and seeds with others. Sharing the important message that quality food is critical to a healthy lifestyle! Great health is priceless! #healthisyourwealth #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #neighborhood #neighbors #avocados #squash #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #sharefood #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #freefood #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

862
5 months ago

Did you know that the mango is the most widely consumed fruit in the world? Our mango tree is full of fruit! It is so much fun to watch the blooms develop into fruit and see how productive this tree is going to be. #mango #fruit #growyourownfood #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #freefood #instafood #farmtotable #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #urbangarden #organic #organicgardening #organicfood #greenthumb #permaculture #foodforest #mybackyard #backyardgarden #mygarden #fruittrees #orchard #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

661
5 months ago

Ready to plant the True Gold Sweet Corn from Baker Creek Seeds today. I start them indoors so nothing will eat the seeds while they germinate. I am using the four sisters planting technique. At the base of each corn I planted either a Scarlet Runner Bean or a Cherokee Trail of Tears black bean. The corn is planted in four rows to aid pollination. In between the corn I planted spaghetti squash and carnival squash. And to finish the area I planted sunflowers at the edges. Should be very productive and beautiful! #threesisters #foursisters #corn #squash #beans #sunflower #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #greenthumb #backyardgarden #mygarden #bakercreekheirloomseeds #mybackyard #permaculture #foodforest #urbangarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #growfoodnotlawns #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

956
5 months ago

Harvested a few new potatoes for tonight’s dinner. Since we live in a warm climate I like to pick a few potatoes at a time throughout the growing season. We have over 50 potato plants so trying to store that many at the end of the season would not be practical. I also picked some broccolini. I love planning dinner by walking through the garden and picking fresh nutrient dense food. #newpotatoes #potatoes #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #foodforest #permaculture #instafood #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #eathealthy #getoutside #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #farmtotable #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

931
5 months ago

I really love the beauty you find in the garden! This is a volunteer sunflower 🌻 that is getting ready to bloom. We have so many we have started transplanting them into a hedge along one long side of the garden. We eat some of the seeds, sprout some, feed them to the chickens, and let the birds eat the rest. So much fun watching nature at work! #sunflower #sunflowerseeds #flowers #blooms #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #greenthumb #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #eathealthy #getoutside #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #permaculture #foodforest #instafood #growfoodnotlawns #zone9b #sandiego #socal #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

730
6 months ago

So many mulberries this year. We are getting a large bowl full everyday for over three weeks now. We started this tree from a small plant from Baker Creek that cost $5.00. Great purchase considering a container of organic berries at Costco is $8.99. Not to mention all of the health benefits with the phytonutrients, resveratrol, and lutein. And the best part-they are delicious! #mulberry #mulberrytree #berries #freshfruit #freshfromthegarden #growyourownfood #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #instafood #foodforest #permaculture #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #farmtotable #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #freefod #mybackyard #backyardgarden #greenthumb #eathealthy #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

1116
6 months ago

Peaches are starting to form! So much fun to watch the plants transform as the weather warms up! I walk the property everyday to check on how everything is doing and I am always amazed at how fast things change! #peaches #blossoms #fruits #freefood #instafood #growfood #growyourownfood #foodforest #permaculture #eathealthy #organic #organicfood #farmtotable #growfoodnotlawns #organicgardening #greenthumb #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

600
6 months ago

The pluot tree finally has blossoms! Anyone else having a crazy Spring? In Southern California I have never had my trees bloom so late in the year. I actually still have some trees with no leaves or blooms and May is next week! Curious to see how it affects the timing for fruit production. I still have oranges, lemons, loquats, grapefruit, avocados, bananas, and mulberries producing, but I’m ready for some new fruits! #fruits #orchard #pluots #foodforest #permaculture #freefood #blossoms #blooms #springtime #growyourownfood #growfood #backyardgarden #instafood #mybackyard #farmtotable #eathealthy #greenthumb #organic #organiclife #organicgarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #getoutside #sandiego #socal #zone 9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

692
6 months ago

With the warm weather the celery is starting to bolt. I decided to dehydrate the leaves and use them to make a batch of celery salt. The leftovers are in a jar to use in soups. I try not to waste anything I grow. #celery #excalibur #dehydrator #dehydrated #freefood #growyourownfood #growfood #organicgardening #organicfood #organic #farmtotable #eathealthy #mybackyard #backyardgarden #mygarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #greenthumb #permaculture #foodforest #instafood #eathealthy #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

596
6 months ago

Getting ready to plant some squash and cucumbers today. I start all my seeds under grow lights and then plant them outside. Even though we live in a mild climate where planting directly in the soil is an option I have better germination this way. We have so many critters that like to eat seeds and seedlings 🌱! #seeds #seedstarting #germination #seedlings #bakercreek #freefood #instafood #growyourownfood #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #greenthumb #mybackyard #backyardgarden #organic #organicgardening #organicfood #farmtotable #foodforest #permaculture #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

654
6 months ago

The irises are blooming. I have over a hundred irises mostly in yellows and purples. These are very special to me as they were bulbs from my Mom and she got them from my Nana. I grow mostly food crops, but this is a fun exception! The bees 🐝 do love them during their bloom, and luckily the gophers don’t like them. I divide them every few years and give them away to neighbors and friends. #iris #irises #blooms #bulb #bulbs #flowers #instaflower #flower #mybackyard #mybackyardgarden #springtime #permaculture #mygarden #getoutside #smelltheflowers #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #backyardgarden #greenthumb #yellowflowers #yellowflower #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

430
6 months ago

Planted my 54 Bodega Red potato starts from The Petaluma Seed Bank-Baker Creek. These potatoes were originally from South America and were grown in Marin. They were the favorite potato during the California Gold Rush. The potato fell victim to a virus in the 70’s and disappeared. Some small potatoes were recently discovered and have been grown virus free. I’m happy to grow these and help to bring back a lost variety! #bodegaredpotato #bakercreekheirloomseeds #petalumaseedbank #redpotatoes #growfood #growyourownfood #organic #organicgardening #organicfood #backyardgarden #mygarden #getoutside #eathealthy #farmtotable #freefood #greenthumb #growfoodnotlawns #instafood #foodforest #permaculture #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

812
6 months ago

This purple globe artichoke is almost ready to harvest! Artichokes are so easy to grow from seed! I usually start them in a pot and then plant out under the trees in my orchard. When the bottom leaves need trimming I just chop and drop as mulch under my trees. Each plant usually lives two or three years and often produces pups which I move to different areas. #artichoke #freefood #growyourownfood #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #perennials #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #permaculture #foodforest #orchard #greenthumb #mybackyard #backyardgarden #getoutside #eathealthy #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #instagarden #farmtotable #eatyourveggies #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

795
6 months ago

The mulberry tree is loaded with fruit! It is hard not to eat them as we pick, but today a bowl full made it inside for tomorrow’s breakfast. We have four trees altogether so it should be a berry good year! Two of the trees are volunteers and two are from Baker Creek that we bought as small plant starts. #mulberry #mulberries #fruit #berries #freefood #instafood #bakercreek #foodforest #permaculture #orchard #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownfood #greenthumb #organic #organicgardening #organicfood #mybackyard #backyardgarden #mygarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

820
6 months ago

The prickly pear cactus are blooming! We have hundreds of cactus fruit tunas forming on this plant . Can’t wait to eat the fruit. Their deep red color makes them a great addition to smoothies, not to mention the nutritional value. They are high in fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants. #pricklypear #cactus 🌵 #tunas #smoothies #antioxidant #freefood #growfood #growyourfood #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #farmtotable #instafood #foodforest #permaculture #eathealthy #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #organic #organicfood #organiclife #getoutside #flowersofinstagram #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

674
7 months ago

The loquat tree is loaded with fruit! The top of the tree the birds get to eat the fruit. In the lower branches I thinned the fruit to four per group. It made a difference on the size and was worth the effort. I usually freeze or dehydrate the extras. #loquat #fruit #foodforest #permaculture #growfood #orchard #growyourownfood #eathealthy #growfoodnotlawns #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #organic #organiclife #organicgardening #greenthumb #freefood #instafood #farmtotable #mybackyard #backyardgarden #mygarden #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

810
7 months ago

Time to thin the Dorset Apples! It takes so long to do the whole tree I usually do 15 minutes a day. I leave one healthy apple per group so the apples 🍎 have 6 to 8 inches between fruit. The hardest part is to be patient when thinning so I don’t remove the whole cluster. I usually start thinning when they are a little bigger than an olive. I also have an Anna apple tree as they like growing in the same orchard. #apples #fruit #orchard #permaculture #foodforest #growfood #growyourownfood #backyardgarden #farmtotable #instafood #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #mybackyard #mygarden #organic #organicgardening #organicfood #greenthumb #growfoodnotlawns #yardwork #getoutside #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

724
7 months ago

Strawberries are ripening! I have them planted under a tree as a ground cover for one of my permaculture guilds. Usually the birds get more than we do but there were weeds from all of the rain shielding them. Now that it is weeded I am using a row cover to keep them safe. They taste better than any candy, so sweet! #strawberries #fruit #freefood #permaculture #foodforest #farmtotable #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #eathealthy #berries #urbanfarm #greenthumb #backyardgarden #mygarden #orchard #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #growyourownfood #getoutside #instagarden #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

964