October 2021

Ocean View Farms October 2021 E-News

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. Gertrude Jekyll


Celosia flower


Featured Instagram Photo of the Month: The Fuzzy Celosia Flower

Upcoming Garden Events:

Oct. 2 - Greenhouse Fundraiser - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Oct. 9 - Saturday Workday - 9:00 AM - Noon
Oct. 9 - Picnic Lunch (BYO) - Noon - 1:00 PM
Oct. 9 - General Meeting - 1:00 PM
Oct. 16 - Fall Seed Starting Class - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Oct. 31 - Sunday Workday - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


It’s so nice to see a full calendar of events at the garden this October!  A Greenhouse fundraiser, two workdays, a picnic and general meeting, and even a seed starting class.  It’s a nice lineup.  October is a great time to get planting.  Just keep an eye on the weather and try to plan around the various heat waves that we invariably seem to experience this time of year.  There’s nothing like a Santa Ana wind event to stress out a new transplant.  Speaking of Santa Ana winds, I very much enjoyed this article from the LA Times and thought you might as well.  Here is our regular list from Gardening in LA of things to do and plant in October.

OVF Announcements: 

Giant Greenhouse Fundraiser

Celebrate a new season by planting fall and winter crops.  The greenhouse fundraiser is on Saturday, October 2nd at 10:00 a.m. and it will be huge!  Please bring small bills. Visit this page for a full list of plants that will be available for sale.  There are so many varieties to choose from: six different types of cabbage, five different types of cauliflower, lots of different greens…  there should be a little something for everyone!

sweetpeasradicchio with red and greenpurple cauliflower

Reminder: Fall Seed Starting class

Greenhousekeeper Nina Rumely will teach a class on seed starting on Saturday, October 16, 9:30 to 11:30 in the community meeting area. Class size is limited to 24 and you must pre-register on the website. Pre-registration opens on October 1st

Participants will learn how to start seeds in containers, using the proper soil mix as well as watering technique. Information about the many different seed catalogs will be provided along with local sources of organic products. Seeds for the coming cool season, soil & clean containers will be provided, but you may bring your seeds too.  Here is a list of seeds that will be provided: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, cilantro, two kinds of lettuce, kale, spinach  and two kinds of cool season flowers.The wonderful greenhouse volunteers will water your containers for the 5 weeks they are inside the OVF greenhouse.

Please Return Your Pots
If you are planning on joining in the greenhouse fundraiser or seed starting workshop, please don’t forget to return your rinsed pots back to wood bin outside the greenhouse.  Reusing pots is how we can run the greenhouse in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.

Housekeeping Reminders
Things that should go in the OVF trash: tomatoes and any other diseased plants.  Things that should not get dumped at OVF: your sofa.  It seems like we shouldn’t have to say it, but please don’t bring your trash to the garden.  The Bureau of Sanitation provides free bulky item picked.  Call 1-800-773-2489, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at least one day before your regular collection day to arrange for pickup.   


As always: we want to hear from you!  Send us an email, reach out on Facebook, or tag us on Instagram @oceanviewfarms.

That’s all for now.  Happy gardening!