I was coming home I see there is a male medjool date palm right across the street. It was kind of odd, the streets are lined with trees and there are a few dwarf palms, but had not noticed the big medjool date palm. So notice the tomato plants had been replaced with some very pathetic looking tomato plants. They were poorly planted and may or may not survive. Tending to medjool dates requires a lot of work. It is for this reason that medjool dates are expensive, they require a lot of work, but the same is true of a lot of our foods. The tomatos need work, you can’t just let them fend for themselves and expect them to yield fruit.
When you get a feel for the land and you learn to grown food it is a very pleasurable experience. In the desert date palms are common place and cultivated by many, but fruits and vegetables really take off. It is a hobby anyone can love. You feel a great deal of satisfaction and when you have children and they are shown the product of their hard work, they are estatic, not so much with dates, the date plams can take seven years to produce, but not so with season vegetables. Recently I had an inlaw experience. About three months ago, I took the time to prepare a small plot of soil. It had weeds and dying perennials. I prepared the soil added fertilzer and planted my tomato plants. Three months later, lots of tomatos. Then the inlaws come and water them from the top. The tomato plants don’t look so good. They look like someone purpose trampled them. Some branches are damaged and the tomatos get dirty. I am not a happy by the repeated incidents. A couple of days ago, I come back from work, pass the little palm tree, and look at my tomatos. I am in disbelief, they were not only really trampled, parts are buried in mud, the peppers are destroyed, branches are broken, and I was informed the inlaws were fixing the sprinklers. Why !? When it was nothing but weeds noone cared, now they come and fix sprinklers ? I was enraged, so much so, I took the plants out and throw them out. It was painful to do, I do love gardens and nature, but at least I will not be pissed off over this incident again. So, I thought, now the inlaws call demanding to know why I took the tomatos out ! What the ? I thought they were my tomatos, am I not entitled to my own property when I purchase it, tend it and cultivate it ?
I think most people don’t realize that Southern California is all desert. It is ideal for growing date palms. Not all of southern California is good for growing dates, but all of Southern California is good weather for growing the date palm. The desert has advantages because vegetation grows faster, ironically the desert is ideal for growing vegetation including fruits, vegetables, trees, and palms. Dates grow well in the desert, but date palms also grow much faster than in other parts of Southern California. Not all fruit trees grow in fruit int the desert, but the desert is ideal for growing the tree itself, but the fruit itself may not develop because you need chill hours, meaning it has to be pretty cold to grow certain fruits.