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In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

My San Diego garden turns from the warm season to the cool season garden. I like Renee Shepherd’s description of the winter garden as the Second Season Garden. There’s a chance to forget the disappointments of the summer garden and plant vegetables for the winter. Last week I wrote about September Begins the Garden Year. I’m ready to plant but my garden isn’t. The harvests are meager this week.

With the cooler weather and the diminishing daylight, the zucchini will not grow beyond four inches though they blithely continued to put out blossoms. All of the tomatoes but Stupice gave up and I coaxed the Black Krim plant to ripen one more of my favorite tomato. Small plantings of butternut and delicata squash near the end of their run but need another week or two.

 I’m sheepishly posting the garden at the end of the season for honesty. I prefer to share shots of a neatly ordered, newly planted garden.

I’m sheepishly posting the garden at the end of the season for honesty. I prefer to share shots of a neatly ordered, newly planted garden.

 Garden veggies for a focaccia pizza.

Garden veggies for a focaccia pizza.

Only the peppers and zinnias display the vigor and productivity of the summer garden. If I let them go, they would likely provide me with peppers and flowers for Christmas Day as they have other years. In zone 10b we rarely have frost.

 There are plenty of green peppers on my six plants but I am patient for these. Red Beauty does very well in my garden every year.

There are plenty of green peppers on my six plants but I am patient for these. Red Beauty does very well in my garden every year.

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The zinnias in the vegetable garden reliably produce blooms to attract beneficial insects and delight me with bouquets. I may let them continue until Christmas.

Check out other garden harvests at Harvest Monday, hosted by Our Happy Acres.

In My Garden: Planting Sweet Peas

In My Garden: Planting Sweet Peas

Red Beauty

Red Beauty