November 2014: Persimmons, California Drought, and Root Knot Nematodes!



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Gardening tips, recipes and helpful information you can use!!Karen’s Corner: Notes from our founder<br />Last month I had the opportunity to do some traveling. I tasted fresh Hatch chilies in New Mexico, drank amazing wines in Arizona, sampled savory “Chowda” and feasted on goat cheeses from Massachusetts. Of course, the food was delicious. But really, what brought me the most pleasure, were the people prompting me to taste their wares. Smiling faces cajoling me, <em>You’ve got to try this</em>! Food producers, chefs, fisherfolk, and farmers so incredibly proud of their products, that you could taste their devotion in the food. The deep satisfaction felt when homegrown, home cooked food is placed on the table is immeasurable. This Thanksgiving, serve up something from your own garden; you’ll be so proud that you did!Good growing to you ~KCIn the Garden<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/d29b95f9-ef01-428e-b612-986b4882c7b6.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”184″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/d29b95f9-ef01-428e-b612-986b4882c7b6.jpg” />Janice makes smart use of her yard by utilizing a rolling raised bed and containers. We spruced up her garden and packed it full of fall and winter veggies like carrots and bok choy. Her rosemary plant was replaced with broccoli, and makes a spiffy container garden. We can’t wait to see what this cute space produces.<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/c301f3fb-2d06-47e1-a41d-1de18a771722.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”185″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/c301f3fb-2d06-47e1-a41d-1de18a771722.jpg” />
What’s SproutingHave you heard? Our Campus Pointe garden helped <a href=”http://www.sp-land.com/” data-mce-href=”http://www.sp-land.com/”>Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects</a> and <a href=”http://www.are.com/” data-mce-href=”http://www.are.com/”>Alexandria Real Estate Equities</a> win a prestigious<a href=”http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/02/best-worst-design-orchids-onions/#&panel1-7″ data-mce-href=”http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/02/best-worst-design-orchids-onions/#&panel1-7″>Landscape architecture Orchid</a> in the Life Science Category. Congratulations to everyone involved and be sure to stop by and say ‘hi’ to Farmer Erin.<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/099983c6-7e25-4d3d-86db-d3ee74de12fa.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”107″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/099983c6-7e25-4d3d-86db-d3ee74de12fa.jpg” /><p><br /></p><p>You’re invited to California Farm and Garden’ Open House! Please join us Friday, November 14 from 4 – 8 pm as we say a huge<em>Thank You</em> to you, our supporters, at our new office. We will be serving drinks and light refreshments so please make sure to RSVP by calling the office at 619.563.5771, or by emailing Valerie at <a href=”mailto:valerie@urbanplantations.com” data-mce-href=”mailto:valerie@urbanplantations.com”>valerie@urbanplantations.com</a>. We can’t wait to see you!</p>
What’s Fresh<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/46ecb33a-e347-4508-980d-d0f21f09d5a1.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”220″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/46ecb33a-e347-4508-980d-d0f21f09d5a1.jpg” />For those of you who have never tried <a href=”http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/391-472.pdf” data-mce-href=”http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/391-472.pdf”>persimmons</a>, you are truly missing out on a tasty fall treat. Our first (small) crop of <a href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/farmers-market-report-persimmo-69702″ data-mce-href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/farmers-market-report-persimmo-69702″>persimmons</a> is coming in at our Nautilus garden and we thought we would share a little information on them.There are two types of persimmons: <a href=”http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1583″ data-mce-href=”http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1583″>astringent</a> and <a href=”http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=2020″ data-mce-href=”http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=2020″>non-astringent</a>. The astringent variety is more conical or acorn-shaped and must be <em><strong>fully</strong></em> ripe before enjoying. We are talking squishy-soft and almost jelly-like. This variety contains tannins before ripe, and if eaten then, it will suck all of the moisture right out of your mouth. Once ripe, this type is amazingly sweet and excellent to bake with. The non-astringent type has a flatter, blockier shape – much like a squashed tomato. This type can be eaten while the flesh is still firm and crisp. It has a mild, sweet flavor and is great for snacking on like an apple.If you are still on the fence about persimmons, here are a few great recipes to try out:• <a href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-warm-far-14745″ data-mce-href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-warm-far-14745″>Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Squash, Persimmons, and Pecans</a><br />
• <a href=”http://allrecipes.com/recipe/persimmon-cookies/” data-mce-href=”http://allrecipes.com/recipe/persimmon-cookies/”>Persimmon Cookies</a><br />
• <a href=”http://www.marthastewart.com/318352/persimmon-white-chocolate-bread-pudding#Persimmon%20Recipes%7C/275469/persimmon-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide%7C318352″ data-mce-href=”http://www.marthastewart.com/318352/persimmon-white-chocolate-bread-pudding#Persimmon%20Recipes%7C/275469/persimmon-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide%7C318352″>Persimmon White Chocolate Bread Pudding<br />
</a>Helpful Tips<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/70e5f1f7-1e56-42f1-a5eb-0ceac1f03f34.jpeg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”112″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/70e5f1f7-1e56-42f1-a5eb-0ceac1f03f34.jpeg” />California has been in a serious <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-g-california-drought-map-htmlstory.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-g-california-drought-map-htmlstory.html”>drought</a> since <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/la-me-g-california-drought-map-gif-htmlstory.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.latimes.com/la-me-g-california-drought-map-gif-htmlstory.html”>2011</a> and the City of San Diego has just released new <a href=”http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml” data-mce-href=”http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml”>Mandatory Water Restrictions</a>, effective starting November 1, 2014. If you are outside of the city boundaries, it’s a good idea to check with your local water authorities to make sure that you are aware of any new restrictions. In the meantime, please keep your fingers and toes crossed for rain – we need all the help we can get!Fall and winter are good times to plan your new <a href=”http://squarefootabundance.com/designing-a-fruit-garden/” data-mce-href=”http://squarefootabundance.com/designing-a-fruit-garden/”>fruit orchard</a> and to think about getting new trees into the ground. Planting in cooler weather is beneficial since the trees are dormant and the ground is naturally more saturated from rain. This allows trees to get established before putting energy into growing new leaves. Make sure to think about <a href=”http://www.davewilson.com/home-gardens/fruit-variety-recommendations/toms-picks-winners-low-chill-southwest” data-mce-href=”http://www.davewilson.com/home-gardens/fruit-variety-recommendations/toms-picks-winners-low-chill-southwest”>appropriate varieties</a> for San Diego’s mild winters and you’ll be eating homegrown, fresh fruit in no time!<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/510492a6-bfb2-484c-b310-fa72c1407e6a.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”200″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/510492a6-bfb2-484c-b310-fa72c1407e6a.jpg” /><br /><a href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7489.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7489.html”>Root knot nematodes</a> (RKN) are microscopic worms that live in the soil. They feed on the roots of many types of common garden vegetables. <a href=”http://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7529.pdf” data-mce-href=”http://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7529.pdf”>RKN</a> usually cause distinctive swellings on the roots, called galls, and are fairly easy to recognize. Symptoms of an infestation include wilted or yellow leaves, stunted growth, and small and/or decreased quantity of fruits. The best way to deal with these microscopic critters is to make sure your plant is happy and healthy since RKN generally attacks stressed plants. You can also plant <a href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7489.html#MANAGEMENT” data-mce-href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7489.html#MANAGEMENT”>resistant varieties</a>, <a href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html”>solarize your soil</a>, amend with <a href=”https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/viewhtml.php?id=149#manag” data-mce-href=”https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/viewhtml.php?id=149#manag”>crab shell meal</a>, rotate your crops, or plant <a href=”http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in892″ data-mce-href=”http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in892″>cover crops</a>. These guys travel very easily in soil stuck on garden tools, gloves, and the bottom of your shoes, so make sure to wash well and use a mild bleach solution after working in an infested area. According to the County Pathology Department, RKN is safe to eat – just peel and you are all set. So go ahead and eat your <a href=”http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/how-one-grocery-store-fighting-food-waste-ugly-produce.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/how-one-grocery-store-fighting-food-waste-ugly-produce.html”>ugly veggies</a>!<br />

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Gardening tips, recipes and helpful information you can use!!Karen’s Corner: Notes from our founder<br />Last month I had the opportunity to do some traveling. I tasted fresh Hatch chilies in New Mexico, drank amazing wines in Arizona, sampled savory “Chowda” and feasted on goat cheeses from Massachusetts. Of course, the food was delicious. But really, what brought me the most pleasure, were the people prompting me to taste their wares. Smiling faces cajoling me, <em>You’ve got to try this</em>! Food producers, chefs, fisherfolk, and farmers so incredibly proud of their products, that you could taste their devotion in the food. The deep satisfaction felt when homegrown, home cooked food is placed on the table is immeasurable. This Thanksgiving, serve up something from your own garden; you’ll be so proud that you did!Good growing to you ~KCIn the Garden<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/d29b95f9-ef01-428e-b612-986b4882c7b6.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”184″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/d29b95f9-ef01-428e-b612-986b4882c7b6.jpg” />Janice makes smart use of her yard by utilizing a rolling raised bed and containers. We spruced up her garden and packed it full of fall and winter veggies like carrots and bok choy. Her rosemary plant was replaced with broccoli, and makes a spiffy container garden. We can’t wait to see what this cute space produces.<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/c301f3fb-2d06-47e1-a41d-1de18a771722.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”185″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/c301f3fb-2d06-47e1-a41d-1de18a771722.jpg” />
What’s SproutingHave you heard? Our Campus Pointe garden helped <a href=”http://www.sp-land.com/” data-mce-href=”http://www.sp-land.com/”>Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects</a> and <a href=”http://www.are.com/” data-mce-href=”http://www.are.com/”>Alexandria Real Estate Equities</a> win a prestigious<a href=”http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/02/best-worst-design-orchids-onions/#&panel1-7″ data-mce-href=”http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/02/best-worst-design-orchids-onions/#&panel1-7″>Landscape architecture Orchid</a> in the Life Science Category. Congratulations to everyone involved and be sure to stop by and say ‘hi’ to Farmer Erin.<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/099983c6-7e25-4d3d-86db-d3ee74de12fa.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”107″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/099983c6-7e25-4d3d-86db-d3ee74de12fa.jpg” /><p><br /></p><p>You’re invited to California Farm and Garden’ Open House! Please join us Friday, November 14 from 4 – 8 pm as we say a huge<em>Thank You</em> to you, our supporters, at our new office. We will be serving drinks and light refreshments so please make sure to RSVP by calling the office at 619.563.5771, or by emailing Valerie at <a href=”mailto:valerie@urbanplantations.com” data-mce-href=”mailto:valerie@urbanplantations.com”>valerie@urbanplantations.com</a>. We can’t wait to see you!</p>
What’s Fresh<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/46ecb33a-e347-4508-980d-d0f21f09d5a1.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”220″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/46ecb33a-e347-4508-980d-d0f21f09d5a1.jpg” />For those of you who have never tried <a href=”http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/391-472.pdf” data-mce-href=”http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/391-472.pdf”>persimmons</a>, you are truly missing out on a tasty fall treat. Our first (small) crop of <a href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/farmers-market-report-persimmo-69702″ data-mce-href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/farmers-market-report-persimmo-69702″>persimmons</a> is coming in at our Nautilus garden and we thought we would share a little information on them.There are two types of persimmons: <a href=”http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1583″ data-mce-href=”http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1583″>astringent</a> and <a href=”http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=2020″ data-mce-href=”http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=2020″>non-astringent</a>. The astringent variety is more conical or acorn-shaped and must be <em><strong>fully</strong></em> ripe before enjoying. We are talking squishy-soft and almost jelly-like. This variety contains tannins before ripe, and if eaten then, it will suck all of the moisture right out of your mouth. Once ripe, this type is amazingly sweet and excellent to bake with. The non-astringent type has a flatter, blockier shape – much like a squashed tomato. This type can be eaten while the flesh is still firm and crisp. It has a mild, sweet flavor and is great for snacking on like an apple.If you are still on the fence about persimmons, here are a few great recipes to try out:• <a href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-warm-far-14745″ data-mce-href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-warm-far-14745″>Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Squash, Persimmons, and Pecans</a><br />
• <a href=”http://allrecipes.com/recipe/persimmon-cookies/” data-mce-href=”http://allrecipes.com/recipe/persimmon-cookies/”>Persimmon Cookies</a><br />
• <a href=”http://www.marthastewart.com/318352/persimmon-white-chocolate-bread-pudding#Persimmon%20Recipes%7C/275469/persimmon-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide%7C318352″ data-mce-href=”http://www.marthastewart.com/318352/persimmon-white-chocolate-bread-pudding#Persimmon%20Recipes%7C/275469/persimmon-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide%7C318352″>Persimmon White Chocolate Bread Pudding<br />
</a>Helpful Tips<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/70e5f1f7-1e56-42f1-a5eb-0ceac1f03f34.jpeg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”112″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/70e5f1f7-1e56-42f1-a5eb-0ceac1f03f34.jpeg” />California has been in a serious <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-g-california-drought-map-htmlstory.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-g-california-drought-map-htmlstory.html”>drought</a> since <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/la-me-g-california-drought-map-gif-htmlstory.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.latimes.com/la-me-g-california-drought-map-gif-htmlstory.html”>2011</a> and the City of San Diego has just released new <a href=”http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml” data-mce-href=”http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml”>Mandatory Water Restrictions</a>, effective starting November 1, 2014. If you are outside of the city boundaries, it’s a good idea to check with your local water authorities to make sure that you are aware of any new restrictions. In the meantime, please keep your fingers and toes crossed for rain – we need all the help we can get!Fall and winter are good times to plan your new <a href=”http://squarefootabundance.com/designing-a-fruit-garden/” data-mce-href=”http://squarefootabundance.com/designing-a-fruit-garden/”>fruit orchard</a> and to think about getting new trees into the ground. Planting in cooler weather is beneficial since the trees are dormant and the ground is naturally more saturated from rain. This allows trees to get established before putting energy into growing new leaves. Make sure to think about <a href=”http://www.davewilson.com/home-gardens/fruit-variety-recommendations/toms-picks-winners-low-chill-southwest” data-mce-href=”http://www.davewilson.com/home-gardens/fruit-variety-recommendations/toms-picks-winners-low-chill-southwest”>appropriate varieties</a> for San Diego’s mild winters and you’ll be eating homegrown, fresh fruit in no time!<img src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/510492a6-bfb2-484c-b310-fa72c1407e6a.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”200″ align=”none” data-mce-src=”https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d2160d0a1922149654ea37f7b/images/510492a6-bfb2-484c-b310-fa72c1407e6a.jpg” /><br /><a href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7489.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7489.html”>Root knot nematodes</a> (RKN) are microscopic worms that live in the soil. They feed on the roots of many types of common garden vegetables. <a href=”http://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7529.pdf” data-mce-href=”http://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7529.pdf”>RKN</a> usually cause distinctive swellings on the roots, called galls, and are fairly easy to recognize. Symptoms of an infestation include wilted or yellow leaves, stunted growth, and small and/or decreased quantity of fruits. The best way to deal with these microscopic critters is to make sure your plant is happy and healthy since RKN generally attacks stressed plants. You can also plant <a href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7489.html#MANAGEMENT” data-mce-href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7489.html#MANAGEMENT”>resistant varieties</a>, <a href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html”>solarize your soil</a>, amend with <a href=”https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/viewhtml.php?id=149#manag” data-mce-href=”https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/viewhtml.php?id=149#manag”>crab shell meal</a>, rotate your crops, or plant <a href=”http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in892″ data-mce-href=”http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in892″>cover crops</a>. These guys travel very easily in soil stuck on garden tools, gloves, and the bottom of your shoes, so make sure to wash well and use a mild bleach solution after working in an infested area. According to the County Pathology Department, RKN is safe to eat – just peel and you are all set. So go ahead and eat your <a href=”http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/how-one-grocery-store-fighting-food-waste-ugly-produce.html” data-mce-href=”http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/how-one-grocery-store-fighting-food-waste-ugly-produce.html”>ugly veggies</a>!<br />