Wordless Wednesday: Winter is Our Spring

California is known for its weather, and for those who don’t yet know, winter everywhere else is our spring. Here in SoCal flowers have sprouted everywhere, peas are growing strong, brassicas are loving the rain (LOTS of rain!). For gardeners with yards covered in snow, enjoy those seed catalogs by the fire. We’re still tending the soil and harvesting winter crops. Enjoy these shots from our winter garden.

Nasturtiums are always our first flowers to show

Nasturtiums are always our first flowers to show

And Calendula

And Calendula (poppies too)

Lemon tree blossoms are just opening up

Lemon tree blossoms are just opening up

Garlic, carrots and radishes are so happy with all the rain.

Garlic, carrots and radishes are so happy with all the rain.

Yesterday we got 2 1/2 inches of rain. It's a record.

Yesterday we got 2 1/2 inches of rain. It’s a record.

Alaska shelling peas say they don't need a trellis. I beg to differ. They've reached the top of a 6 foot trellis.

Alaska shelling peas. The package say they don’t need a trellis. I beg to differ. They’ve reached the top of a 6 foot trellis.

Forellenschluss, Kwiek, 4 Seasons lettuces drink up the sun.

Forellenschluss, Kwiek, 4 Seasons lettuces drink up the sun.

Volunteer dill (the best kind) and cilantro pop up between raised beds.

Volunteer dill (the best kind) and cilantro pop up between raised beds.

Our loquat has fruit on it! We're so excited.

Our loquat has fruit on it! We’re so excited.

Rain washed away the aphid infestation. A dressing of worm castings helped as well.

Rain washed away the aphid infestation. A dressing of worm castings helped as well.

The ladies are out and about. One has started laying again. Come on girls! We want frittatas!

The ladies are out and about. One has started laying again. Come on girls! We want frittatas!

Indoor activities include perusing seed catalogs. Soon we'll be starting seeds for warm-season crops.

Indoor activities include perusing seed catalogs. Soon we’ll be starting seeds for warm-season crops.

We hope you are enjoying the winter regardless of whether you are actively gardening or planning your spring season. Happy Gardening!

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4 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Winter is Our Spring

  1. Andrea says:

    Your garden looks lovely. We are so lucky here in southern Californai!! When do you start seeds in the ground for your warm season crops?

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Andrea. We are starting seeds for warm season crops in the next two weeks. Typically you count back 6-8 weeks from your “last frost” which we don’t have, and start seeding then. Our winter crops give up the ghost in February, so we plant another round of lettuces and radishes, then start in on the bush beans, then squashes like zucchini and patty pan – direct seeded. By then the tomatoes we seeded in early Feb are ready to go in the ground. If you live in areas where it stays cool a little longer, you can get away with some kale and broccoli now (not from seed at this point, transplants from the nursery). So start seeds for your tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, corn, etc. and you’ll be good to go in 6-8 weeks.

  2. Tammy says:

    Love your blog!! Can you tell me what kind of chicken that is on the right? The gold one? We have one just like it and haven’t figured out what kind it is – we inherited our 6 ladies from friends who moved to Wisconsin and they couldn’t remember… Trying to figure out which eggs are from which chicken too… quite the challenge! Thanks for all you do,

    Tammy

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