A frost last night killed my lettuce starts, arugula patch, a broccoli, my calendula, borage, comfrey, basil, parsley and oregano in my garden located 3 BLOCKS FROM THE BEACH IN SAN DIEGO. global warming must be on winter vacay.
Anyways since my garden is definitely not anything worth taking pics of right now I have a few photos/articles I thought I’d share in the meantime:
1. Before Pt. Loma became home to Nazarene university and a conglomerate of suburbs and military shin digs it was called LOMALAND and consisted of a theosophical refuge and yoga school. (kudos to http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/74summer/lomaland.htm)
this is an actual photo of pt. loma back in the day…
this theosophical school owned most of northern pt. loma and provided school for 500 kids in its heyday, including my fave geoffrey
They grew all their own produce on site and had fruit orchards, all before any sort of water infrastructure was built connecting resevoirs to the dry desert of san diegos coastline. They used wood and metal pipes and pumped water daily, most likely using 1/100 th of the water we would use today to grow the same crops industrially.
3. del mar shoreline back in the day
We have had some interesting weather recently- as if June gloom decided it wanted to come back and hang out for awhile longer during September. Well thats put the nix on my tomatoes and pumpkins and the moisture in the air is making the powdery mildew run rampant. I hate that stuff! On a good note the artichokes and rasperries are making a comeback for fall, with lettuce, onions and leeks also making some headway.
Here’s a few notes on my to do list for fall:
- plant spring bulbs (Iris, narcissius, freeshia!)
- amend soil with azomite, compost, fish emulsion, worm castings mix
- Plant cover crops like fava beans, garbanzo beans or vetch
- General clean up of old tomato, watermelon and pumpkin vines
- Stare and corn and convince it to keep growing even in this foggy weather
- sow lots of lettuce