backyard harvest programs May 27, 2010

The bumpercrop

Too many tomatoes? Corn coming out your ears? Are the peaches prolific this year?

Organizations are sprouting that gladly take our backyard edibles and distribute them to hungry people—and I found one site that offers handy links to harvest programs all over the west—Village Harvest —makes it easy to find a program near you.

What’s more, Village Harvest has a pretty cool resource page about orchard care, pruning info, links to fruit tree experts and more.

Aeonium alert: Identified by its owner (don’t you love people who save plant tags?) Aeonium ‘Velour’.  Still, what some growers are calling ‘Velour’ doesn’t match up.

whatever —Another reason why gardeners look healthier than other folks: some fruits and vegetables can make you look tan.


Lyne says:

“Corn coming out of your ears?”  Really…you need a vacation: take Monday off.

Posted on May 27, 2010 at 10:36 am.

Pat C. says:

Is the aeonium velour that you mentioned today, the red and green one that you snagged in Laguna Beach?  In the photo it didn’t look like velour. I love that you said it was mounded and not leggy. Now, where can I get it, besides combing the streets of Laguna?

Are the mules ears perennial or annual?  If perennial, maybe they won’t grow here without the cold winters. Another one I’d like in my garden, but not if it means dumping ice cubes on it every night in January.

Posted on May 27, 2010 at 11:58 am.

Cindy McNatt says:

Yipeeee. I get Monday off!

Re: yes, the photo that I posted the other day has been identified as Aeonium ‘Velour’. A search on the web though comes up with Aeoniums that don’t look much like my photo.

So here’s the deal. Standby for cuttings. I got some, but I’m going to pot them up to get more.

Mules ears, turns out its about altitude. They don’t like the low lands.

Posted on May 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm.

Pat C says:

I’ll be first in line for a cutting of velour.  I found a good photo of it at, but the green wasn’t as vivid lime as yours. Must be the Laguna ocean air.  I wonder what color it will be in Tustin!
BTW, the webpage cut out a couple of times and I started over.  If by chance all three went, take your pick!

Posted on May 28, 2010 at 12:11 am.

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