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Glass Gem Heirloom Corn

Glass Gem Corn is no hoax….

This rare heirloom corn is truly stunning! The first crop of transplants is finally ready. Quantities are limited. Come get yours today.

Field Notes 2-20-2014

Field Notes

Fresh Crop Updates from Pearson’s Gardens & Herb Farm

February 20, 2014

 

These are just a few of what you’ll find in the garden this week….

Prime Selections

Herbs:

           Basil – Sweet Genovese, Superbo Italian,

                     Mozzarella, Osmin Purple….

            Calypso Cilantro – Slowest Bolting

            Purple Queen Garlic

            Tarragon, French & Spanish

            Mints, Mints, Mints!

            Kebob Rosemary – Grow flavorful skewers!

            Lemon Rose Thyme – Gourmet Flavor

            Mentuccia – Italy’s Secret Ingredient

And Lot’s More!

Vegggies:

                                

                Heirloom Tomatoes

                Gourmet Radicchio Varieties

                Kale, Kale, & More Kale….

                Beans – Heirloom Runners

                         Heirloom Golden Wax

                         Baby Bush Lima

                         Garbanzo

                         Kentucky Wonder

                           Broccoli – Italian Heirloom Varieties

                 Brussels Sprouts – Green & Purple

                 Carrots – Pot Friendly Varieties

                 Cauliflower – Specialty Selections

                 Greens – Asian, European & More

                            Salad, Saute, Stir-fry

                 Squash – Heirlooms & Specialty

                 

     And Lots More!

  Scented Geraniums:

  Fun, Fragrant, Flavorful 

   Water Wise & Fire Wise…

                  

Apple, Nutmeg, Lemon, Rose,

Peppermint, Pink Spice, Chocolate Mint….

Seasonal Notes Fall/Winter 2013

 

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR….

Have you seen Old Man Winter yet? Or, how about Jack Frost? Or, Kris Kringle…?

Though sunshine prevails here in Southern California, we do have our seasons…. Nighttime temperatures drop, leaves bronze, deciduous perennials fall into dormancy, and cold hardy annuals and perennials grow more compactly.  Gardeners, perhaps more than most, recognize the signs of the turning of the globe, the approaching Solstice; and then the slow progression of a new beginning as the new year unfolds one day at a time, day-length increasing almost imperceptibly till we reach the Spring Equinox, marking the official end of Winter, and the beginning of Spring! But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves….

Winter is a busy time for Southern California gardeners. Our cool season is perfect for growing productive crops of vibrant, nutritious greens, peas, winter radishes, asian vegetables, beets, carrots, onions, garlic, broccoli, brussels sprrrrr….. Got the picture? Check out the Time To Plant sidebar of Seasonally Appropriate Herbs and Veggies. Make your garden productive this winter. As you savor the aroma of simmering herbs & spices wafting from the kitchen on Thanksgiving, imagine the satisfaction of strolling out to your garden to harvest homegrown bounty all winter long!

Happy Holidays!

Cindy Pearson

Editor

 

Just in time for the holidays….

Announcing the debut of

Artisan Soapworks

Handmade at Pearson’s Gardens & Herb Farm

We make our soaps the old fashion way with pure, natural oils,                             botanicals, and select ingredients from the farm.

Currently featuring:

Rustic Pumpkin Spice

Rustic Gingersnap

Coconut Oil

Cocoa Butter

Coco-cocoa Butter

Tropical Coconut

And, don’t throw away your soap labels… Our labels are printed on wildcrafted, handmade lokta paper from Nepal that has been infused with North American wildflower seed. Planting instructions are included on the back panel of each label. After removing the label, place it in a pot or sunny garden, cover with 1/8″ soil and keep moist until established. Enjoy!

 

Turn Black Friday Green!

 All Herbs & Veggie Plants

 20% OFF 

Present or mention this coupon at check-out Friday 11/29/13 through Sunday 12/1/2013. Discount applies to items in stock at time of purchase. Expires 12/1/13.

TIME TO PLANT

SEASONALLY APPROPRIATE SELECTIONS

FOR

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

HERBS

ARUGULA VARIETIES
BORAGE VARIETIES
SALAD BURNET
CATNIP/CATMINT
CHAMOMILE VARIETIES
CHERVIL
CHICORY VARIETIES
CHIVE VARIETIES
CILANTRO VARIETIES
CRESS VARIETIES
DILL VARIETIES
DANDELION VARIETIES
FENNEL VARIETIES
GARLIC VARIETIES
LAVENDER VARIETIES
LOVAGE
MINT VARIETIES
ROSEMARY VARIETIES
OREGANO VARIETIES
PARSLEY VARIETIES
SWEET MARJORAM
SAGE VARIETIES
SAVORY, WINTER
SWEET VIOLETS
THYME VARIETIES
YARROW VARIETIES
MISCELLANEOUS PERENNIALS
 

 

VEGGIES

ASIAN GREENS
ARTICHOKE VARIETIES
ASPARAGUS VARIETIES
BEANS, FAVA
BEET VARIETIES
BROCCOLI VARIETIES
BRUSSELS SPROUTS
CABBAGE VARIETIES
CARROT VARIETIES
CAULIFLOWER VARIETIES
CELERIAC
CELERY VARIETIES
EUROPEAN GREENS
KALE VARIETIES
KOHLRABI VARIETIES
LEEK VARIETIES
LETTUCE VARIETIES
ONION VARIETIES
PEA VARIETIES
POTATO VARIETIES
RADICCHIO VARIETIES
RADISH VARIETIES
SALAD GREENS
SPINACH VARIETIES
SWISS CHARD VARIETIES
TURNIP VARIETIES

Weekly Field Notes 8-1-2013

Weekly Field Notes

Crops Ready For Your Garden 

Enjoy

Tropical Paradise

 

Plant an edible tropical garden,

or pick up a few few of these easy to grow,

indoor/outdoor plants to create a paradise

in your home, office or outdoor living space! 

 

Thai Ginger

  

 

Variegated Awapuhi Ginger

 

Hawaiian Turmeric

  

Edible Cana

 

 

Hawaiian Lilikoi

 

 

Hawaiian Pikake

 

Black Sugar Cane

 

 

Additional Selections Now Available:

 

Cardamom

Ginger

Mango Ginger

Japanese Ginger ‘Myoga’

Shell Ginger – Green & Variegated

Hawaiian Ti

Lemon Grass

Papaya – Hawaiian & Mexican

Patchuoli

Vanilla Orchid

 

 Herbs & Veggies

Keep a sensational garden all summer long!

  

Basil – All sizes, colors, textures & flavors

Cilantro – Mexican, Asian & Bolivian

Heat Tolerant Varieties

Anise, Dill, Fennel, Chives, Savory

Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano

See more selections below….  

Beans – Bush, Pole, Runners,

French Filets, Italian Flat,

Limas, Cranberry,

etc.

Cucumbers – All Sizes & Types

 Greens – Heat Tolerant Varieties

 Melons – Summer Sunshine Grows Sweeter Melons

Cantaloupe, Honeydew, French Charantais,

Watermelon

Exotics & Heirlooms

 Virginia Jumbo Peanuts

Pumpkins – Plant this month for fall harvest

Minis, Babies, Standards & Giants

American, Asian, French & Italian

Jack O Lanterns, Pies, Baking, Deco

Naked Pumpkin Nuts ! 

  Squash – Summer & Winter Types

Eight Ball, Flying Saucer, Sunburst

Italian, French, Asian

A Rainbow Of Colors

Weekly Field Notes 6 – 26 – 2013

Weekly Field Notes

Crops Ready For Your Garden

 

Add A Little Spice To Your Life! 

 

Huacatay

Peruvian Black Mint

Tagetes minuta

Easy to grow heat lover.

Fuses the flavors of basil, tarragon, mint & lime!

The secret ingredient to Peruvian Huacatay Salsa…

 

 

Variegated Caribbean Oregano

AKA: Spanish Thyme

Plectranthus ambionicus

Neither a true oregano or thyme, identity crisis notwithstanding,

this herb packs some powerful flavor & aroma.

Add zing to your fresh salsas!

    

Thai Ginger

“Galangal”

Alpinia galangal

Productive & easy to grow indoors or outdoors, in filtered light

or partial shade, in a container, raised bed, or in the ground.

Grow your own perpetual supply of fresh Thai Ginger! 

 

Fish Pepper

Capsicum annuum

American Heirloom Popular in East Coast Seafood Cookery

 

Black Tree Pepper

Capsicum species

This perennial pepper can grow 15 feet tall, if left unprunned,

and will produce spicy, hot chili peppers year-round.

Pruning will create a bushy growth habit at any prefered height.

 

 

 

Fresh crops are now ready!

Come in ASAP for the best selection.

 

Beans – Bush, Pole, Runners,

French Filets, Italian Flat,

Limas, Cranberry,

Rattlesnake,

etc.

 

Cucumbers – All Sizes & Types

 

Greens – Heat Tolerant Varieties

 

Melons – Summer Sunshine Grows Sweeter Melons

Cantaloupe, Honeydew, French Charantais,

Watermelon

Exotics & Heirlooms 

 

Pumpkins – Plant Now For Fall Harvest

Jack-Be-Little to Dill’s Atlantic Giant

Cinderella, French, Italian

Naked Pumpkin Nuts!

 

Squash – Summer & Winter Types

Eight Ball, Flying Saucer, Sunburst

Italian, French, Asian

A Rainbow Of Colors

Plant Spotlight – Morelle De Balbis

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Morelle De Balbis

When you think of nightshades you likely think of tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant. Right? Did you know this group of plants is larger, including several bushes that produce berry like fruit? One such plant is the Morelle De Balbis. Also known as the Litchi Tomato and Fire & Ice Plant, this unique specimen is becoming a popular gourmet fruit. 

Native to South America, it is easy to grow in Southern California, producing loads of berries that have the taste of tart cherries. These rare berries have become quite sought after by gourmet chefs. Home gardeners who are willing to brave the plants thorns will enjoy them fresh from the bush or for use in both sweet and savory condiments such as jams, jellies, syrups, chutneys and sweet salsas.

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Weekly Field Notes 6 -19 -2013

Crops Ready For Your Garden 

Novelty Summer Fruits 

 

Morelle De Balbis

Tart Cherry Flavor

Cape Gooseberry 

Sweet & Tangy

Sunberry AKA:Wonderberry

Mild Currant Flavor

French Charentais Melon

Melt In Your Mouth Flavor & Texture

 

Hawaiian Lilikoi / Passion Fruit Vine

Sweet & Tart

 

More Possibilities…

Heirloom Banana Melon

Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe

Israel Melon

Sharlyn Melon

Sugar Baby Watermelon 

Goji Berry

  

Weekly Field Notes 6-12-2013

Crops Ready For Your Garden

Enjoy the exotic fragrances & flavors of paradise…

Red Tea Hibiscus

Red Tea Hibiscus

Hawaiian Black Sugarcane

Hawaiian Black Sugarcane

Indian Turmeric

Indian Turmeric

 

Variegated Hawaiian Awapuhi Ginger

Variegated Hawaiian Awapuhi Ginger

Hawaiian Lilikoi / Passion Fruit Vine

Hawaiian Lilikoi / Passion Fruit Vine

Other Exotics Now Available

  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Mango Ginger
  • Shell Ginger – Green & Variegated
  • Thai Ginger
  • Hawaiian Pikake
  • Hawaiian Ti
  • Hawaiian Wild Basil
  • Jamaican Hibiscus
  • Lemon Grass

 

 

 

 

Heirloom Tomato Shallot Salad

Heirloom Tomato Shallot Salad

 

2-3 pounds Heirloom Tomatoes, Assorted Colors

6 Shallots, peeled and sliced very thin

¼ cup Fresh Parsley, minced fine

 

1 cup Rice Wine Vinegar

2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, optional

1 tsp. Garlic, fresh crushed

 

Sea Salt

Pepper, coarse ground

 

Select a colorful assortment of Heirloom Tomatoes, wash, dry, and cut into bite size wedges. Place in a large prep bowl.

Add peeled, thinly sliced shallots and the finely minced fresh parsley to the bowl of tomatoes. Toss lightly to mix.

In a tall carafe or liquid measuring cylinder, combine Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Garlic. Blend throughly using a hand or power whisk. Pour over tomato mixture. Toss throughly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and serve as is or over a bed of mixed greens.

Sprinkle lightly with Sea Salt and Pepper just prior to serving.

Serves 4 – 6.

Tomatoes – Heirloom vs. Hybrid

Tomatoes

Heirloom vs. Hybrid

What’s the difference?

What’s best?

 

Facing the choice of selecting which tomato varieties to plant each year can be a daunting challenge. There are so many choices. One of those choices is between heirloom varieties and hybrid varieties. Understanding the differences between these two categories can make the decision making process easier.

Heirlooms 

Though the definition of an heirloom variety as it applies to plants is fiercely debated in horticultural circles, generally speaking an heirloom is a cultivar that has been selected from open-pollinated crops grown on family farms or in personal gardens that have been handed down from one generation to the next. Heirloom selections are made with a priority given to flavor and cultural suitablity for the region in which they originate.

Hybrids 

Hybrids varieties have been developed through breeding programs under the direction of plant breeders who make selections throughout the course of generations of seeds with a specific pre-defined result being the goal. Typically these breeders have sought to develope greater disease resistance, increased yields, and increased compatability with mechanized harvesting, packing, and shipping, while increasing shelf-life by decreasing the rate of spoilage. Unfortunately, for the most part this has come at the loss of flavor.

The Bottom Line

In a nutshell, heirloom tomatoes win all the taste tests! Grown well, heirloom tomatoes are known for their rich, old fashion tomatoey flavor. But, patience is required as they take their time in the race to ripen. Choose varieties best suited to you climate, and be sure to provide fresh, rich soil, and plenty of sunshine to minimize disease challenges.

On the flip-side, hybrid tomato varieties are quicker to ripen, more disease resistant and more productive, especially in  less than ideal conditions. The trade off is the sacrifice of flavor. However, lest we succumb to hardening of the categories…, one noteable exception to this generalization is Sungold, which consistently wins acclaim as the best tasting cherry tomato of all time!

Which is best? You’ll have to make that decision. Just ask yourself  ”What’s most important? Flavor or profusion?” Make that choice and you’ll have your answer!