More Brassica Sowing

More Brassica Sowing

Sowed a few more Brassica seeds:
– Bok Choy ‘Joi Choi’
– Bok Choy ‘Fun Jen’
– Kale ‘Dinosaur’ (G2/2010)
– Arugula (G2/2012)
– Kale ‘Red Winter’

Unknown Insect

I found this insect near our Rose bush (here in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area) while gardening… It’s the first time I’ve ever seen this kind of bug and I have no clue what it is

Can anyone identify it?

Unknown Insect

Late Night Seed Sowing

Late night seed sowing.

I sowed a bunch of seeds this evening after dinner:
– Cactus Flowered Zinnia
– California Giants Zinnia
– Burpee’s Hybrid Mix Zinnia
– Strawflower Tall Mix
– Sweet Mama Kabocha Squash
– Lime Basil
– Big Italy Parsley
– Sunflower Mixed Colors
– Dwarf Cherry Rose Nasturtium
– Cylindra Beets
– Fordhook Swiss Chard
– Malabar Spinach
– Hamburg Rooted Parsley

Hope they all grow

Two Evening of Gardening

After spending Saturday day and Sunday morning at Hayward, I got home and immediately changed to work in the garden. I was planning on cutting the Fire Blight off our Pear tree, but did not get around to it.

I started my placing paver bricks around our Compost Bin because something has been digging into it. I think the larger hard flat area will also be easier for my Mom to walk on.

I then potted up the mixed Zinnia seedling that were growing in cell packs. I potted up ten 3 inch pots. Next up was potting up two 1 gallon pots of Gerber Daisies that my brother gave my Mom for Mother’s Day. Each of those went into a ceramic pot.

Potted up Gerber Daisy

My next chore was to cut down the bolted Portuguese Kale in the backyard Square Foot Garden so I can amend the soil and plant some veggies for the summer. I’ll save some seeds from the 8+ foot Portuguese Kale plant and compost the rest. I didn’t finish clearing everything out since it was dark now and I was getting hungry.

Monday after work, it was still some daylight left so I rushed to get some gardening done. I finished cutting down and pulling the old Portuguese Kale and amended three squares with Chicken Manure so I can plant out Cucumber start, which I finished off by mulching with with aged straw. I didn’t get to amend the other cleared square, but I’ll do that later.

Planted Burpless Hybrid Cucumbers

Before going in, I potted up some Strawberry Popcorn from cell packs to 3″ pots.

Strawberry Popcorn

I also potted up a few Purple Potatoes that I found in the Square Foot Garden.

Purple Potatoes

Vallejo Garden Club Feb 2016 Meeting

Today at the February 2016 Vallejo Garden Club meeting, we learned a little bit about Olives. Here’s a few photos from the meeting.

And Grafting Starts

It was such a nice day to work in the garden. Temperatures were in the mid to high 70s and I could here the bees buzzing around the flowers that were blooming in the backyard.

Inca Plum Blooms

Some of the fruit trees, specifically the Plums trees, were starting to flower and bud, so it was time to start grafting. I took the scions out of the refrigerator and inventory of what I got.

2016 Scions

I collected the Plums, Plucots, Pluots, Apricot, Cherry and Avocado scions… found my grafting knife and grafting tape… got my camera and started grafting.

I did a total of 11 grafts including:
– Asian Plums: Elephant Heart and Black Splendor
– Apricot: Canadian White
– Plumcot: Apex
– Pluot: Prosser and Dapple Dandy (Dinosaur Egg)
– Cherry: Coral
– Avocado: Mexiola

A Little Bit of Winter Gardening…

I got a little bit of gardening done this weekend. I went through the cell packs I planted in the late fall and got rid of the pots which failed to grow seedlings. I found some Mushrooms in some.

Mushroom Mushroom Mushroom...

There were Celtuce that surprisingly survived, so I planted those into a large Daiso pot.

Transplanted Celtuce

I also pulled a lot of weeds near Veggie Beds 1 and 2 and pick off damaged and dead leaves from plants.

Litchi Tomato Flower Buds

As I was weeding I noticed that there was another volunteer Litchi Tomatoes, making the total to three plants now. They are also starting to form flower buds. These are sure strong plants… or maybe they like cooler weather. I’ll have to pot these up into a large container and give Litchi Tomatoes another try.


Around the beds, volunteer Calendulas and Daffodils are blooming.


Spring Starflower

I even caught the first Spring Starflower to bloom, which means there are about 100 more to come.

Fruit Flower Buds

Also starting to bloom are some fruit trees, including the two unknown Asian Plums, the grafted Inca Plum and surprisingly a very very early grafted Anna Apple. I’ll have to start grafting Plums next weekend.

I wish I had more time to garden.

Local Quilt and Garden Events 2016

The new year will be here soon, which is when I like to search online for the dates and times of local gardening shows and events.

Floating Gardens

Saturday, January 9, 2016
CRFG Santa Clara Valley Chapter Exchange
Emma Prusch Park, Multicultural Center, 647 S King Rd, San Jose, CA 95116
10am open to Members
11am to 2pm open to the General Public

Saturday, January 16, 2016 – 12 to 3pm
CRFG 2016 Golden Gate Chapter Scion Exchange
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley
(next to the Ashby BART station)

February 18-21
QuiltCon West 2016
Pasadena, CA

February 26-28, 2016
Pacific Orchid Exposition
Fort Mason, San Francisco

March 16-20, 2016
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA

March 19-20, 2016
East Bay Heritage Quilters –┬áVoices in Cloth 2016
Craneway Pavillion, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA

Saturday, April 9, 2016 – 1pm
CRFG Santa Clara Valley Chapter bi-monthly meeting
Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Topic will be on citrus and avocados, with discussion of year-round production. We will also hold the greenwood scion exchange.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 9:30am
2016 Annual Dahlia Tuber and Cutting Sale
Golden Gate Park, County Fair Building, 9th and Lincoln, San Francisco

April 30-May 1, 2016
Vallejo Piecemakers 2016 Sew Amazing Quilt Show

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 10am to 4pm
Vallejo Garden Tour

June 11-12, 2016
San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society
Annual Show and Sale

September 6-7, 2016
The 2016 Heirloom Exposition
Sonoma County Fairground, Santa Rosa, CA

October 13-16, 2016
Pacific Internation Quilt Festival
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA