Grape Jelly Making

For the last eight years, grape jelly has been ranked second only to strawberry jam in the U.S.A. according to Statista.  If you have grape jelly from California Lifestyle Farms, you would most likely change your mind and rank Grape Jelly as you favorite! At Grisafe Farms/California Lifestyle Farms we make grape jelly with pure Concord Grape Juice.  Some grape jelly makers use only a …

Bee Hive Update

I went into all three bees hives today and I am happy to report all hives  are ‘Queen right!’  ‘Queen right,’ refers to the fact there is evidence of having a healthy laying queen in the hive  Healthy brood. is evidence of a hive being, ‘Queen Right.’  ‘Brood,’ is a collective term for eggs, larva and pupa in the hive.  The photo here was taken …

Rooting Cuttings (Asexual Reproduction)

I received a question on my YouTube channel recently wanting to know if it was possible to root the rose cuttings resulting from winter rose pruning. The simple answer is yes, but keep in mind commercially available roses are grafted to root-stock material and many plants are patented

New Blackberry Arbor Completed!

I planted a second row blackberries last spring and I started  installing a new arbor.  This arbor will be built with two inch metal posts and stainless steal cables as supports.  The posts were cemented last weekend and will be ready for cable installations this weekend.                 Three holes were drilled in each post and eye bolts were …

Winter Garden Update

Tomorrow I will be picking fresh broccoli  from the winter garden!     The turnips are in full production as well as the radishes!                              

Monarch Waystation

Monarch Butterflies and Native pollinators have been in the news  quit a bit this past year.  Besides keeping honey bees and Blue Orchard Bees, this spring I plan to create a Monarch Way Station. I have several plants which attract butterflies in in my yard such as Buddleja and Passion flowers, but this spring I will devote an estimated 500 square feet of space to a …

Winter Vegetable Garden

This year I built a frame out of PVC frame to cover the ‘Square Foot’ garden beds.  It is a simply frame made out of 3/4 inch PVC pipe.  I purchased a roll of 100 foot by 12 foot 14 mil clear plastic from Home Depot as the cover.  I only needed 25 feet but I have plenty for future years. I haven’t tried to …

Orchard

We have a half acre fruit orchard with over thirty fruit trees.  The trees were selected and planted to provide fruit from May through December.  The age of the trees vary as trees have been plant over the twelve years we have lived on the property.  Some trees have been been poor choices due to climate, but others have thrived.  We eat most of the fruit …

The Summer Harvest Continues

The summer harvest is in full swing with cucumbers, tomato and peppers continuing to ripen on a daily basis.   This years summer garden was an experiment. If you have ever driven by a strawberry field in southern California you always see black plastic covering acres of soil. Strawberry growing fields are usually fumigated with Methyl Bromide before the strawberries are planted.  Fumigation is used …