blossomvalleylife Photos & Videos

3 days 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

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5 days 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

631
6 days 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

9018
1 week 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

6111
2 weeks 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

690
3 weeks 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

656
3 weeks 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

682
3 weeks 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

570
3 weeks 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

704
4 weeks 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

768
1 month 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
1 month 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

806
1 month 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
1 month 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

818
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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

870
1 month 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
1 month 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

651
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 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

1086
2 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
2 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
2 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

586
2 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

644
2 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
2 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

802
3 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

785
3 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
3 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

664
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
4 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

753
4 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
4 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
4 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

971
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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

823
5 months ago

Cleared around our white marseille fig tree today so I could plant a fruit tree guild. I use permaculture principles on as much of the property as possible. In this guild I planted a circle of giant leeks at the outer edges. Inside I planted fava beans for a nitrogen fixer, daikon radish as a soil breaker, German chamomile, rudbeckia, and borage as insectiaries, and red vein sorrel. #permaculture #foodforest #figtree #insects #nitrogen #leeks #flowers #bees #orchard #freefood #instafood #instagarden #growfood #growyourownfood #mybackyard #backyardgarden #urbanfarm #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #eathealthy #farmtotable #greenthumb #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

628
5 months ago

Anyone else have fruit trees that are in a state of confusion because of the weather? My apple trees never lost their leaves, currently have an apple crop, and now are blooming. Almost all my trees did not lose their leaves and now are budding, or in bloom. We needed some more cold weather. 80 degree days will do that! #fruits #orchard #appletree #appleblossom #apples #foodforest #permaculture #growfood #growyourownfood #eathealthy #mybackyard #mygarden #backyardgarden #farmtotable #organic #organiclife #organicgarden #organicfood #instagarden #freefood #urbanfarm #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

713
5 months ago

Nice big kohlrabi ready to pick! I think I will plan on using it with tomorrow’s dinner and harvest it in the morning, I always try to harvest early in the day as that is when the plants have the most growth hormones and moisture. #kohlrabi #vegetables #growyourownfood #growfood #freefood #farmtotable #eatveggies #foodforest #permaculture #eathealthy #organiclife #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #greenthumb #purple #backyardgarden #mygarden #vegetablegarden #mybackyard #urbanfarm #sandiego #zone9b #socal #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

912
5 months ago

Looks like I will have to freeze a few bananas. They are ripening faster than we can eat them. I love to freeze banana slices then put peanut butter on them and make little sandwiches. The final step is to dip them in melted chocolate. I keep them in the freezer and take a couple out a few minutes before eating! #bananas #tropical #tropicalfruit #foodforest #permaculture #eathealthy #farmtotable #organiclife #organicgardening #organicfood #organic #instafood #freefood #urbanfarm #letfoodbethymeficine #vegetablegarden #instagarden #backyardgarden #mygarden #greenthumb #fruits #getoutside #growfoodnotlawns #sandiego #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

1234
5 months ago

Went out to trim my lavender today and it was covered in bees! I guess with not too many things in bloom they are really happy with this plant. I usually trim my herbs back in January to give them room for fresh growth in the spring. This lavender is huge, over five feet in diameter! #lavender #herbs #bees #mygarden #mybackyard #backyardgarden #growfood #growyourownfood #organic #organiclife #organicgardening #organicfood #greenthumb #farmtotable #foodforest #permaculture #instagarden #herbgarden #getoutside #growfoodnotlawns #letfoodbethymedicine #socal #sandiegolife #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

1073
5 months ago

Tomato 🍅 seedlings are coming up in just three days under my grow light and heating pad set up. I have planted six varieties so far, a combination of different sizes and colors. I still have one cherry tomato blooming from last year! #tomatoes #growlights #seedstarting #seeds #springiscoming #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #urbanfarm #permaculture #foodforest #growfood #growyourownfood #farmtotable #eathealthy #greenthumb #instagarden #organiclife #organic #freefood #organicgardening #organicfood #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

839
6 months ago

The chayote squash are still producing ! We have picked over 100 so far this season. So far I have made soup, bread, and roasted them. Swipe to see today’s harvest and one chayote that is starting to sprout. I am planting it in a pot for next year! #chayote #squash #blossom #harvest #mybackyard #backyardgarden #instagarden #farmtotable #growyourownfood #growyourown #growfood #urbanfarm #foodforest #permaculture #eathealthy #greenthumb #organiclife #organicgardening #organicfood #organic #letfoodbethymedicine #growfoodnotlawns #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

705
6 months ago

Rain! Yesterday we had quite the storm. After almost eight months of no measurable rainfall we got 4”! The banana plants and all my tropicals were so happy. We had hardly any runoff or mud, everything just soaked it up! And all my rain barrels are full! #rain #raining #rainyday #southerncalifornia #mybackyard #mygarden #backyardgarden #bananas #tropical #tropicalplants #foodforest #permaculture #urbanfarm #greenthumb #organiclife #organicgardening #organicfood #organic #growfood #growyourownfood #instagarden #farmtotable #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

885
6 months ago

Transplanted the flax seed plants into a raised bed today. I start most things under grow lights, then pot one time to a larger size and then into the garden. This is the common flax or linseed. I have extra seeds so the first three people to comment and then PM me your address will get some free seeds this week. One of my goals this year is to reduce my seed inventory! #seeds #flaxseed #flax #growfood #growyourownfood #farmtotable #eathealthy #mybackyard #backyardgarden #urbanfarm #organicfood #organiclife #organicgardening #organic #getoutside #greenthumb #raisedbeds #instagarden #garden #letfoodbethymedicine #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

697
7 months ago

Finally harvested one of the turmeric pots today. I eat some everyday as turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory so it is great for gardening aches and pains, Swipe to see before and after harvest photos! #turmeric #antiinflammatory #growfood #freefood #backyardgarden #farmtotable #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #urbanfarm #instagarden #mybackyard #organic #organicfood #organicgardening #foodforest #permaculture #spices #greenthumb #growyourownfood #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

643
7 months ago

The star fruit I planted from seed is doin great! I bought a star fruit at #specialtyproduce and saved the seeds. I let them sprout for about ten days in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel. Once they had sprouted I planted them in some soil under a grow light with a heat pad. And here we are a couple of weeks later. They grow quite fast once the temperature gets higher. Swipe to see the original star fruit! #seed #seedlings #starfruit #tropical #growfood #growyourownfood #growyourown #freefood #backyardgarden #mybackyard #mygarden #foodforest #permaculture #urbanfarm #instagarden #organiclife #organicgardening #organic #growfoodnotlawns #farmtotable #tropicalfruit #eathealthy #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

890
7 months ago

Crazy weather with strong Santa Ana winds. Lots of broken branches, fruit drop, and sad plants. This is a macadamia nut tree with a large broken branch. Swipe to see the nuts that were on the ground after one day of winds! #santaana #winds #macadamia #nuts #foodforest #permaculture #mybackyard #backyardgarden #organiclife #organicallygrown #organicfood #greenthumb #farmtotable #instagarden #growfood #growyourown #growyourownfood #freefood #eathealthy #letfoodbethymedicine #urbanfarm #mygarden #orchard #socal #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

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