In line with the edible landscaping I am practicing in Temecula, I decided to try to grow a living mulch in my existing garden. The idea is the living mulch will crowd out the weeds. Flat Leaf Italian Parsley is my go to herb and I buy it every week for my cooking. I use it in Chinese dishes as well Italian dishes. So, at the end of last fall, I let the plant go to seed. I am rewarded by a blanket of parsley plants this spring. If you look at the photo above, you will notice while there are some weeds, it is a lot less than would have been if that living mulch of parsley was not present.
The red cabbages overwinter in the garden. Among the weeds, you can see seedlings of parsley. I planted some lettuce for a spring crop.
A tomato plant that overwintered in the garden, produced some fruits during the hot spell of winter that can only occur in San Diego. I really should remove it as it is stunted and will not produce much fruit for summer. But for now, I am letting it grace the beds until my tomato seedlings are big enough to be transplanted to replace it.
Early baby potatoes are ready for harvest from potato plants that overwinter. I find it easier to grow them in pots as there is less chance that I leave a potato behind at harvest time. Invariably, when planted in the beds, some are left behind and sprout at a different spot either because I `move' them when cultivating the bed or the root/spud forms far from the mother plant. This not always a bad thing- something it is like finding a bonus.
The artichoke plant has awaken from its winter sleep. Looking forward to the delicious treats. It is a perennial in zone 24 garden. I find that artichoke is one vegetable most of Malaysian friends have not eaten. If they are in season, I try to introduce this special vegetable to them. Lavender is in bloom behind the artichoke plant.