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In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

At this time in December the garden is growing well in the warm winter sun. Several inches of rain keep the soil wet under the mulch. I expect to see buds of broccoli soon. The snow peas climb the trellis, the celery plants look robust and the moles continue to disrupt many of my seed-planted crops. Another story.

Arugula, ‘Lolla Rossa’ lettuce, green and red romaine lettuce.

Arugula, ‘Lolla Rossa’ lettuce, green and red romaine lettuce.

But the winter garden is about greens now. I harvest salad amounts to keep things growing. Sort of cut and come again. We delivered a stash to my son in Los Angeles last week and shared a decent salad’s worth with a friend. Still there was plenty for intermittent lunch and dinner salads for us.

A winter garden salad with fall fruits.

A winter garden salad with fall fruits.

A luscious salad came together with the greens, red pepper, pomegranate arials, fennel, persimmons and a few chives. A simple dressing of lemon and lime juice with olive oil was just right.

French sorrel to add a lemony tang to salads.

French sorrel to add a lemony tang to salads.

The French sorrel benefitted from a soaking rain and responded with a flush of new leaves. It remains quite happy and contained in a 12-inch terra cotta pot.

The French sorrel benefitted from a soaking rain and responded with a flush of new leaves. It remains quite happy and contained in a 12-inch terra cotta pot.

‘Ruby Streaks’ mustard

‘Ruby Streaks’ mustard

The volunteer ‘Ruby Streaks’ mustard grows with abandon among the perennials. The supply is far beyond what can go in a salad so I’ll try them sautéed this week perhaps with some red onion and thyme.

‘Satsuma’ tangerines

‘Satsuma’ tangerines

There were so many tangerines to share. I picked several baskets—maybe 60 tangerines and went door-to-door sharing with neighbors.

One little neighbor was especially pleased to accept tangerines for her family.

One little neighbor was especially pleased to accept tangerines for her family.

A modern Christmas wreath.

A modern Christmas wreath.

I was in a maker mood over the weekend and foraged greens from the yard for a simple take on a Christmas wreath.

See what other garden bloggers are bringing in from their gardens at Harvest Monday hosted by Our Happy Acres.

Winter Light

Winter Light

Favorite Garden Tools--Watering Tools

Favorite Garden Tools--Watering Tools