Bumper Crop of Santa Rosa plums in 2018

2018 was a year for a bumper crop of Santa Rosa plums from our 4-in-1 grafted dwarf plum tree. Each plum is small so there is not much fruit pulp. So I decided to make a plum compote. it is a simple recipe. Ingredients: 1 pound of plums (quartered; include the pits) 1 cup sugar / honey half cup water ... Read More »

Dried Hachiya Persimmons

During our Thanksgiving dinner at Shauna’s home, Linda and Brad mentioned that they had a lot of persimmons. I joked that they would ring our doorbell and leave a box of fruit. Linda corrected me: She wouldn’t ring the doorbell. They left us a box with 36 large Hachiya persimmons. Dehydrating persimmons is simple. Wash the fruit. Core the top ... Read More »

Panache Fig

panache fig sliced

In spring 2016 my brother Adam came up from southern California with a 30-inch tall Panache Fig tree from his garden that he transplanted into a 10-gallon pot. The Panache Fig (aka Tiger Fig) has a yellow and green-striped skin with a strawberry-colored flesh. Unlike our Black Mission Fig, the Panache Fig does not have a spring crop. Because it ... Read More »

Pineapple 2016

In March 2016, on a whim, I bought a pineapple plant for my Sunnyvale garden. I know. I transplanted it to a larger pot but made the mistake of a too shallow pot. It grew a little and eventually in July we harvested our pineapple. If I was thinking of serving drinks in it, I would only need a shot ... Read More »

Pomegranate Harvest 2016

“The sweet fruition of an earthly crown” – Christopher Marlowe Here it is mid-October and the first rains of winter are falling. The pomegranates split open very quickly when wet. For tips on growing: See Pomegranates Read More »

Mission Figs – Fall 2016

In 2016, our Black Mission fig tree is having a bumper fall crop. Here is the first partial harvest. I am not sure the reason why. About ten years ago I planting a young tree in a tall ceramic pot (about 20 gallons). I have been watering the fig tree more regularly (using drip irrigation). It has also received more ... Read More »

Black Persian Dwarf Mulberry

This bush form of mulberry continuously produces sweet blackberry-like fruit throughout the season. A great choice for container gardening; minor pruning will keep the plant compact. Mature height is 6 to 8 feet if grown in the ground. I grow it in a 20 inch wide and deep ceramic pot. It is about 6-7 feet tall from the soil. The ... Read More »

Citrus 2016

Our Sunnyvale garden in 2016 has a lot of citrus: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, and the newest attraction: Australian Finger limes. Read More »

Pomegranate Harvest 2015

The harvest of pomegranates from our Sunnyvale garden in 2015 was about half of 2014. Most of it was due to reduced fruit from the drought. We also lost about 8 from animals with incisors (mostly at night). Read More »