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Our Strawberry Picking Adventure - VIDEO

I am still working on our March video, but in the meantime I put together a little movie from our adventure strawberry picking last week. We have been going since Gunnar was in preschool and I was pregnant with Greta! I really need to find our photos from that year. We have been going every year since to Tanaka Farms, and it never disappoints. I feel like I'm getting the hang of our little video camera and getting pretty fast at putting these together. Hooray for a year of videos 2016!

If you'd like to see past adventures, you can find them here: 2015, 20142013, 2012, 201120102009, more 2009

What's Going on In the Garden?

It's been awhile since our last garden update on the blog, so I thought I would show you what's the status in our little backyard. Tomato season is over and those plants have been pulled out of the bed. It was a pretty good year we had with the cherry and heirlooms we planted. 

Basil has been unreal for us this year. I have mounds and mounds of it growing in my garden. I need to do some pesto batches because it's taking over. 

I just discovered our very first satsuma growing and I'm so excited! Those oranges are our favorite and I hope the tree does well for us. 

These spicy peppers have been also ridiculously successful this year. I mean we can't eat them fast enough, or I should say Aaron can't eat them fast enough. He really loves the spice in his dishes and adds them to everything. 

Bell peppers have also been pretty great, we've added them to salads and pastas and stir fry. 

And lastly this little vine. Not in with the edible updates, but a garden update nonetheless. We planted it a few years ago and slowly it has creeped up the side of my work studio. I cannot wait for it grow all over the trellis and blossom each year. Slowly but surely. 

Have you harvested anything this fall? I have gone back and forth on planting a winter garden, but I don't think I will have any time to accomplish it, and it bums me up. I love those garden beds full of yummy foods and plants, but time seems to be the culprit for me. It gets me every time!

Backyard Garden - We Have Liftoff!

Our little backyard garden has liftoff! I’ve been a little worried with our temperatures last week hitting 100 several days in a row. So unusual for Los Angeles ever, let alone in May! But we kept these guys hydrated and I think they enjoyed the sunshine quite a bit. Here’s what our garden is growing at the moment:

blueberries- we have two bushes and they’ve really started to produce this year

tomatoes- I think clearing out the boxes a few months ago from all the ficus roots has made such a difference in their growth

snap peas- they are thriving and every day the kids head out to pick a few to snack on

beets- these are new for us this year, but so far they seem to be doing well

bell peppers- they haven’t flowered yet, but I’m hoping they do as well as they did last year

jalapeño peppers- these guys have just started to grow and they are the teeniest, tiniest peppers, can’t wait for them to be full grown

herbs- this year, the basil is doing fantastic as is the thyme