The rain has come to the San Joaquin Valley and the snow has fallen on the Sierras and Tehachapis. The much needed rain has washed away the cruddy air the Valley is famous for. Pollution from the north get caught in the Valley with no escape until a nice rain clears things out. There is a cool breeze, warm sun, and beautiful skies. For about five months, gardeners in the Valley can enjoy bearable weather. Dressing in layers, we can stay warm or cool; but most importantly, we will not experience swamp pants until April or May. We have endured. We will survive.
Most all of the deciduous plants are beginning to change colors in preparation for their pending dormancy. The colder weather helps these plants produce during the growing season and any freezes can help destroy some pests.
The winter crops are thriving along with some of the flowers. Today’s bounty included lavender, lettuces, radishes, beets, carrots, and onions. The peas are blooming. It would sure be nice to have fresh peas at the Christmas table. The garden staff is happy.