November 2016 Newsletter: Tackling Scale + Eating Mizuna


“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” – Aldo Leopold

California Farm and Garden News


Have you seen these pests? Scale can look like flat discs, or armored bumps, or furry nubs, often blending in with the texture of tree bark.
Scale often targets sick or dehydrated trees but can also show up on healthy trees with regular irrigation. We’re seeing them more lately as a result of October’s varied hot and cold weather.
Scale-fighting tactics include eliminating any aphids or ants that accompany the scale, and pruning to increase airflow in the foliage. We also recommend removing scale from the plant using (gloved) hands, hard water spray, or gently scraping the scale off with a trowel.

November Garden To-Do List


– It’s time to plant garlic and strawberries!  

– Remember to turn off irrigation during rain.

  – Consistently harvest leaves off of kale and lettuce to encourage continued growth. Take scissors to give “haircuts” to herbs like cilantro and chives.

Use these tips to plant natives, such as not fertilizing the soil.

Who: Co-Owner Mat

First Experience Gardening: Just about every weekend of my childhood was spent (resentfully) doing “yard work” – lots of weeding, trimming, planting, etc.  There were very few edibles; I only remember the occasional tomato plant or herb.  My first one-on-one experience with edibles was when I moved into an apartment during college.  I was able to keep some tomato and jalapeño plants alive through multiple seasons!

Biggest Garden Goof: I once dropped a rather large plant into a pool.

Latest Jam: It’s just been a hodgepodge lately.  That being said, I’m really excited to see Seu Jorge do a tribute concert of David Bowie songs in Portuguese next month!

Happy Place: Hiking around San Diego/Julian with my wife. Star Wars.

Cooking Lately: The nights have cooled, so my wife and I have started making soups, stews, and chilis.

Favorite Vegetable: Put any veggie (except eggplant) on the grill and I’ll eat it!  Favorites are grilled peppers and zucchini.

What’s Fresh


UP farmers have been planting and early-harvesting mizuna. This Japanese mustard green is a “Brassica rapa” subspecies, meaning it’s a cousin to kale and broccoli.

Mizuna is similar to arugula in flavor and appearance and can be used in salads, soups and stir fries. The green is full of vitamins C and A. Early Morning Farms shares their recipe for Mizuna Quinoa Salad.

Coming UP

Grow Eat Feed -Urban Farm Sunday Supper


Sunday, November 13th
4 pm @ Dickinson Farm 24th St, National City

$69.00 + 20% gratuity Grab a farm fresh libation, wander the field and watch the sunset. Dinner served family style straddling the old and the new.

Drinks, Bites & Sunset 4-5 Dinner 5-7 Dancing 7-8