Growing backyard vegetables in Southern California
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The dogs finally make an appearance after all these months. Here they are standing watch over the earthbox, which is still doing quite well with basil and parsley. Don't let their tough looks fool you - trust me, the only thing standing between them and the burglar is a drool-soaked chew bone presented at the foot of the thief, followed by a submissive offering of the soft underbelly in hopes for a good scratch.
The summer crop has been removed from the main garden despite some hanging fruit for which I don't have the patience to wait to ripen in the cooling weather. I roasted the Chile Relleno peppers, which have been seeded and stored in the freezer for future use. The Jalapenos finished well and I'm bummed I didn't have the time to make pepper jelly this year. I'll put the last of the tomatoes in a bag to ripen and keep my fingers crossed.
I'm into bonus time with the basil, which looks great this far into the season. The Sunday sauce comes out so much better with fresh basil and oregano. I put four cabbage plants into the ground a couple of weeks ago, along with a direct seeding of Swiss Chard and Spinach. The seedlings emerged a week later only to be cut down by slugs or some other bandit. I'll see if I can get my hands on some 6 pack seedlings at the local nursery.