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Tomatoes in January?


Who would have thought we’d be eating tomatoes in January? Well, technically we’re not, since these little guys are still green and the jury’s out on whether or not they’ll actually ripen. But the concept of tomatoes in January is sort of indicative of our climate here in Southern California and the unpredictability of the garden’s bounty. Planting seasons are just not the same here: the winter is short, the rains are sporatic, and navigating frost dates is perplexing.

Mr. Homegrown has a good post over on Root Simple explaining our Meditteranean climate and how it affects gardening here. I, too, need to read some books or search for further information about growing food in this area. My experience always seems to run counter to the books I read about gardening that are focused on other climates: like the myth that growing squash is the easiest thing in the world, even though I’ve repeadedly had terrible luck growing squash here. (I always do well with peppers and also had success during the last couple months with lettuce and chard.) But, on the bright side, maybe by living here there’s the chance of eating tomatoes year-round?


2 responses »

  1. I once had a tomato plant give us ripe tomatoes through January. Luscious, plump, yellow ones. Have you checked out Pat Welsh’s “Southern California Gardening”? It is really the only book I look at anymore.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation, I will have to check out that book. It would be nice to have just one “go-to” guide.


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