In California , it is almost time to plant, things like broccoli , chard , lettuce, etc. Except we have just gotten past 3 weeks of freezes. I think it is going to be late this year . I tried the oranges on the tree – not ready. Too acidic and a little bland. There was only one on the ground and they just didn’t want to let go of the tree yet. I did clear the raised bed and I moved some of the ollas around in preparation for planting , but I don’t trust the weather yet.
So my new way of watering is with ollas. This is an old method of watering plants, really good for areas that don’t hae a lot of natural watering. There is a little bit about them here. The idea is that you take unglazed pots with narrow openings and bury them in the ground. You place plants around them and fill them with water. The water seeps through the walls of the pot , watering the plant. The idea is that the plants will take the water they need – drawing more water if they need it .
Most of my ollas were made by using a terracotta pot flipped over and epoxied ( marine epoxy ) into place. I fill them through the hole that would have been the bottom of the pot. Most of mine are small – holding about a quart of water, but my garden is shallow. I do have one larger one – I glued two pots together, blocking one of the holes.
I wasn’t sure how this was going to work , I am notoriously bad at watering. But I find this pretty easy – I have to fill my watering can there times and somewhat sloppily fill the ollas. Every other day is about right , but that is where the beauty of the system comes in –I can put water in them everyday. It takes less time, and I can’t over water. Also it works the way I was told. Some of my ollas are bone dry – and some are still half full two days later. I’ve been told that tomatoes need less water and peppers need more – well , that is how it seems to be playing out.
In California, every thing grows. All the time. However, it is amazing what happens in the winter. Ground that has been dormant for over six months is, after a few days of rain, a foot deep in weeds. Then the fun begins ( I see you DH, but I mean it ) . The sun comes out, and it gets warm enough that you feel compelled to go out side and you weed. All it takes is slow steady pulling and -pop- the weed is out of the ground. In no time you have enough weeds to cover at least 3 dead bodies. If you are lucky, the rain will hold off one more day – and you can do it again .
This is one of the plants in my front garden and it came from a friend of mine. Seems to love the hot sun and low water of my front yard. Mostly I am throwing this up on my blog so I remember what it is. It looks like there are a number of different colors according to this website, so I might go look for some more. Gotta say I don’t love the name.
So there was a lot of rain. which means ginormo gargantuan weeds. The interesting thing – If I completely ignored them , they would probbably be gone by August. However, if there was anymore rain … we might lose the house under the weeds
This year was not a great year for vegetables. Not due to anything weather/ environment related, but because I got sick and didn’t ask DH to water. But I live in CA, so I optimistically replanted my fried plants. I now have tons of parsley, mint, basil and some sage. I have bell peppers and my tomatoes are getting ripe. Plus I recently planted broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce. Small salad for one today.