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Archive for the month “July, 2011”

Selecting Fruit Trees for Southern California

My cousin has given me permission to help her with getting her garden started. So, I’ve been doing some research on the type of fruit trees to get for our area. Having several fruit trees in your property is a great start for your garden! You plant them once and enjoy the bounty for many years to come.

  1. Decide what type of fruits you like. You wouldn’t want to grow anything you won’t eat. It’s a waste of time and energy. So, she’s decided that she wanted a nectarine, cherry, lemon, and a lime tree.
  2.  See what varieties grow best for your area. In this case, in Southern California. I’ve decided to go with Snow Queen Nectarine, Minnie Royal Cherry & Royal Lee Cherry (you need the two different varieties to pollenate each other), Meyer Lemon, and Bear Seedless Lime.
  3. Find the nurseries around your area or online stores that carry those varieties. I’ve found a few places that offer the fruit trees that I’m looking for around our area. Here’s a list that can get you started.
  • Four Winds Growers – Enjoy perusing their site of over 60 varieties of fine Citrus trees, including a selection of rare and unusual Citrus that may not yet be available in retail nurseries.
  • Bay Laurel NurseryBrowse through the hundreds of varieties of high quality fruit trees, shrubs and vines we sell online.
  • Tropical Fruit Trees – Located in Nornthern San Diego County in Vista, California, you can find tons of subtropical and tropical fruits trees.
  • Dave Wilson Nursery – One of the largest growers of deciduous fruit, nut and shade trees in California. Their growing grounds are located east of Modesto in the Sierra Nevada foothills, near the town of Hickman.
    Lemon Tree in a pot at a restaurant! Beautiful!!

    Apple Tree

What fruit trees are you growing in your garden? If you have a picture that would be even more wonderful!


    Sweet and Salty Glazed Salmon Salad

    You’ll love this light, sweet and salty fish dish that helps promote the production of healthy stomach acids.  The sauce tastes similar to the ponzu sauce you would get at a sushi restaurant, but a lighter version of it.

    This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart’s, Soy-Glazed Salmon with Watercress Salad.

    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes

    4 Tbsp gluten-free light soy sauce
    4 Tbsp honey
    2 oranges, peeled, flesh cut into segments, and juice squeezed from membranes (about 4 tablespoons)
    Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
    2 tsp rice vinegar
    4 Tbsp olive oil
    4 salmon fillets (about 6 ounces each)
    1 bag (6 oz.) organic baby spinach
    1 small carrot, sliced in strips
    1 Tbsp sesame seeds

    1 In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, 3 tablespoons honey, and orange juice; season with salt and pepper.  In a larger bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons glaze, rice vinegar, and oil; set dressing aside.

    Heat broiler, with rack 4 inches from heat.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. 

    3 Season salmon with salt and pepper and broil for 5 minutes.

    4 Remove fish from oven, brush with glaze, then broil until opaque throughout, about 2 minutes, brushing with glaze once more.  You can reserve some of the glaze to pour over the fish on the plate.

    5 Add orange segments, spinach, and carrots to dressing and toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper. 

    6 Divide salad among four plates and top with salmon.  Sprinkle everything with sesame seeds.  Serve immediately.

    Seed Saving

    I had the best squash in my opinion the other day with my food. It’s called Kambocha Squash. I’ve decided to save some of the seeds and attempt to grow it.

    Does anyone want to swap some seeds? (open pollinated or heirloom varieties please)

    I’m drying the seeds off on top of some old newspaper.

    First bean harvest

    My first bean harvest of 2011. Not too bad for the first year at an apartment. I may have picked them too soon. Harvesting is the funest part of gardening. I got harvest happy. Although, I do like my green beans and other greens on the younger, more tender side.

    I wanted to weigh them but I keep forgetting to buy a food scale. Know of any good ones?

    Pretty Butterfly

    Look what I found fluttering around my beans yesterday, but a lonely butterfly, or is it a pretty moth?! I don’t like moths much after finding a bunch of holes in my sweaters, but if this was a moth…there were no moths harmed in the photography of this insect.

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