So, this post has been in my cue since before Christmas madness kicked in. I apologize for my absence in the blogosphere. I hope everyone survived the madness of the holidays! Anyhow, these pics were taken before 9+ inches of rain doused us for nearly a month, then really cold weather (considering this is SoCal.) We had tons of frost damage. I'll post those soon. We still have TONS of navel oranges. The mikan mandarines are starting to wane, but we're set with citrus for a few more months since we still have the kumquats coming in to season soon. Unfortunately, we have mealy bugs infesting the navels of these softball sized fruits so we couldn't use them as Christmas gifts. We're not in the quarantine zone for fruit flies so exchange is possible if you don't mind cutting off the mealy bugs and are in the region. :-)
Here's Mom with Lori
Peas before the frost burnt the new shoots
The new strawberries for the offsets growing fine
We love our lettuce! We're staggering the sowings so we're not inundated with too much lettuce. Last season, I planted a whole bed of lettuce and it was just too much! I was giving them out to anyone that would take some.
This is a volunteer tomato. It did suffer frost after this pic.
My brother Andrew is making the concrete bases for the front garden Grape Trellis.
Tim sanding down the sharp edges of the metals that will support the columns of the trellis
Front yard:Tim digging out the areas where the concrete bases will be sunk into
Here's a wider picture. This area beneath will eventually be tiled with brick = less water consumption.
Closeup on the hole.