blossomvalleylife Photos & Videos

1 day ago

So many Asian Pears left to harvest. Decided to make jam even though it is 90 today! Swipe to see the results! Jam making is a really quick process. The hardest part is deciding to commit to making it! All done in less than an hour, and it is so good. So naturally we had to make some bread 🍞 ! #asianpears #pears #fruit #fruittrees #homemadejam #pearjam #freefood #growyourownfood #growfood #letfoodbethymedicine #growfoodnotlawns #foodforest #permaculture #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #farmtotable #greenthumb #orchard #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #canning #sandiegolife #socalgarden #zone10a #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

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2 days 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

492
3 days 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

690
1 week 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

738
2 weeks 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

875
2 weeks 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 weeks 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

712
2 weeks 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

680
1 month 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

904
1 month 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

454
1 month 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

584
1 month 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
1 month 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

500
1 month 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

884
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
2 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

10219
2 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
2 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

710
2 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
2 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
2 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

590
2 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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

650
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
4 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
4 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

1096
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

This is what happens when you go on vacation! We have 70 banana plants so processing them is always fun! Swipe to see what I did with these. First step was chopping then using the Excalibur dehydrator . Did you know that most banana “chips “ are actually fried? I cut them in two different sizes. One for snacking, and one to use in trail mix or granola. Then it was on to banana chocolate leather,my favorite! The next batch is going to be made into ice cream! #bananas #ripe #fruit #excalibur #dehydrated #fruitleather #chocolatebanana #freefood #instafood #growfood #instagarden #growyourownfood #organic #organiclife #organicgardening #mybackyard #backyardgarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #eathealthy #greenthumb #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

624
5 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
5 months ago

Came back from vacation and the yard is full of blooms! During the winter I pruned this peach tree quite a bit and put copper spray on it for peach leaf curl. It seems quite happy and is loaded with blossoms. #peach #fruittree #blossoms #bloom #orchard #foodforest #permaculture #freefood #growyourownfood #backyardgarden #letfoodbethymedicine #eathealthy #mygarden #organic #organiclife #organicfood #greenthumb #urbanfarm #farmtotable #garden #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

592
5 months ago

The bees can’t wait for the flowers to open so they have been burrowing their way in. We have nine varieties of citrus 🍊 in this part of the property so the smell is heavenly and the buzzing sound is wonderful! The navel orange tree still has fruit we are harvesting so next year’s crop can get started! #bees #blossoms #blooms #orchard #foodforest #permaculture #mybackyard #backyardgarden #organic #organicfood #organiclife #citrus #greenthumb #growyourownfood #growfood #eathealthy #instafood #farmtotable #garden #letfoodbethymedicine #socal #sandiego #oranges #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

732
6 months ago

The red celery is really growing in this cooler weather. I harvest the stalks one at a time from the outside in as needed. The flavor is much stronger than commercial varieties and I love to use the leaves. There is something magical about walking through the property and grabbing the ingredients for dinner! #celery #greens #growyourownfood #freefood #instafood #organic #organicgarden #organicgardening #farmtotable #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #eathealthy #getoutside #permaculture #foodforest #greenthumb #letfoodbethymedicine #growfoodnotlawns #growfood #vegetables #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

763
6 months ago

Even though it has been quite cold for Southern California the bananas are still growing! This bunch is in the middle of a banana circle and next to a large mango tree so it gets some protection. #bananas #fruits #orchard #foodforest #permaculture #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #instafood #instagarden #backyardgarden #garden #mybackyard #urbanfarm #greenthumb #eathealthy #organiclife #organicfood #organicgarden #organic #farmtotable #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

8413
6 months ago

Avocados are starting to bloom! We currently have five trees. One is loaded with ripe fruit, three others are in bloom, and the last one has baby avocados. I like having a variety of trees so we have 🥑 for most of the year. #guacamole #avocados #avocado #fruits #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #instafood #farmtotable #backyardgarden #healthyfood #organiclife #organicgardening #organicfood #organic #greenthumb #mygarden #permaculture #foodforest #orchard #getoutside #socal #sandiego #blossomvalleylife #zone9b #ilovemygarden

901
6 months ago

So many Dancy tangerines this year! They are so juicy and sweet. We put a big box of citrus out by the side of the road to share. We are still giving away so much produce...mailman, trash man, delivery drivers, school crossing guards, friends, relatives, and neighbors. #citrus #socalproblems #tangerine #mybackyard #backyardgarden #fruits #orchard #foodforest #permaculture #vitaminc #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #urbanfarm #organiclife #organicgardening #organicfood #organic #eathealthy #instafood #instagarden #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

981
6 months ago

It is so cold for SoCal - I know a high of 53 isn’t that cold - thought I’d make soup tonight. Gathered all the ingredients from the garden except the butternut - it was picked earlier. Love my InstaPot! #backyardgarden #freshproduce #gardenfresh #growyourownfood #farmtotable #eatfresh #eathealthy #organiclife #organicgardening #organicfood #instapot #soup #greenthumb #permaculture #veggies #foodforest #freefood #mybackyard #mygarden #instafood #instagarden #getoutside #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

860
6 months ago

The moringa seed pods are starting to get nice and fat. I plan on harvesting the seeds and planting a row of moringa trees. I have two trees this year and eat the leaves everyday and the flowers when it is blooming. I pick the leaves in the morning and use them in smoothies, on sandwiches with other greens, in salads, eggs, and soups. #moringa #flowers #seedpods #seeds #smoothies #superfood #greens #growyourownfood #eatyourveggies #eatyourgreens #eathealthy #freefood #urbanfarm #permaculture #foodforest #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #farmtotable #greenthumb #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

827
7 months ago

I have been harvesting the outer leaves of the red rouge lettuce for salads. At night I wrap a wire cage around it so the rabbits don’t get a treat. I figure there are plenty of other things for them to eat, why do they always target my favorite greens. I have these planted in several areas of the property to make sure I get a good crop! #lettuce #greens #harvest #rabbits #growfood #growyourownfood #vegetables #eathealthy #instafood #instagarden #mybackyard #raisedbeds #salad #freefood #garden #backyardgarden #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbanfarm #greenthumb #foodforest #permaculture #letfoodbethymedicine #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

842
7 months ago

This is one of my i’itoi onion plants. They are a prolific perennial multiplier onion. Plant these once and you will have onions forever! I have them planted in various spots all over the property. I like to use them as green onions as the bulb has a mild flavor while the greens are spicier. My favorite kind of plant - no work required! #onion #greenonion #perennial #freefood #growfood #vegetables #growyourownfood #instafood #instagarden #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #getoutside #foodforest #permaculture #urbanfarm #greenthumb #organiclife #organicfood #irganicgarden #farmtotable #eathealthy #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

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