Friday, May 29, 2009


Annabelle Breakey
I need 18 lemons please.

Rosemary Limoncello

18 lemons (Meyer or Eureka; see Notes), washed and dried
One 4-in. rosemary sprig, washed and dried
2 bottles (750 ml. each) 100-proof vodka, such as Stolichnaya or Smirnoff
4 1/2 cups sugar

1. Peel lemons with a sharp vegetable peeler, taking only the zest (top layer) and avoiding any white pith. Put rosemary in a 1-gal. glass or ceramic container with a tight seal. Add zest to jar.

2. Pour 750 ml. vodka over rosemary and zest; seal container. Let sit undisturbed in a cool, dark place for 40 days.

3. In a saucepan, bring 5 cups water to a boil and add sugar. Cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Let sugar syrup cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

4. Pour syrup and remaining 750 ml. vodka over lemon-vodka mixture, stir, and seal container. Let sit in a cool, dark place for another 40 days.

5. Pour limoncello through cheesecloth into a large spouted pitcher and divide among gift bottles.

Food Exchange This Monday

Aloha Gardner's-

Don't forget co-op swap this Monday night. I'll be bringing red leaf lettuce and some other goodies.

I'm hoping to pick up some citrus from someone. I had to buy lemons at the market this week, not only did they look plastic and processed but they were very expensive. Boo on that!

See you Monday, happy growing!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wrigley Is Going Green Makes A Garden

The city council meeting was a success. The motion was granted for Wrigley Is Going Green to enter into a 2 year lease with the city to turn the Henderson property into a community garden.

Big thanks to Lisa, Mauna, Jenny and Annie, who even offered to pay the water bill. What a great start to a great summer.

I'll keep the facts posted here on the Chalkboard.

Happy growing indeed!

City Council Meeting Tonight

On tonight's agenda is the proposed community garden in Wrigley.

Taken from the Press Telegram:

The Long Beach City Council meets at 5 p.m. today at City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd.The meeting can be viewed live on Charter Communications Channel 8 or online at

Among items on the meeting agenda:

Andrews also is requesting that the Long Beach Housing Co. enter into a two-year lease with the Wrigley Is Going Green Association to use 1950 and 1960 Henderson Ave., a few blocks east of the Los Angeles River and just north of Pacific Coast Highway, as a temporary community garden.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Seeds Available For Trade


Here is a list of seeds I have available for trade. They are all perfect to grow now. If you are interested in any of these let me know.

Golden Detroit Beets (High Mowing Seeds)
Japanese Turnip (Kitazawa Seeds)
Yellow Cylindrical (Baker Creek Heirloom)
Red Cloud Hybrid (Cooks' Garden)
Rat's Tail Radish (Baker Creek Heirloom)
Chioggia Beets (The Cook's Garden)
Flat Of Egypt (Baker Creek Heirloom)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

First Harvest

Its not enough to share but its a lot to be excited about. Its the first summer squash I have ever grown. The plant is very compact and does not even need the trellis I put up. The tomato's probably needed another day or so but I was scared something was going to eat them. I ate them 2 seconds after I took this picture.

Happy growing!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Food Exchange Tomorrow!

Hello fellow gardeners tomorrow is another co-op swap. Its growing season so I hope we have good things to share or at least stories of things to come.

Sorry to say I might not make it to the swap. Please have a great time and send pictures if you happen to take any.

and to Lisa and Mauna, I can't wait to hear about your tree planting adventure.