Pinch to shape young fruit trees

Spring is for pinching. Nothing to do with Saint Patrick's Day, this is using your fingers to prune. In the spring, trees are growing new branches that are succulent and easily snapped off by hand: no tools required. But why pinch? And what and where to pinch? First...

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Talk tonight: Early season fruit tree care

Join me this evening (Friday, May 17) at 7 PM at the Oceanside campus of Mira Costa College for the meeting of the California Rare Fruit Growers, North San Diego County chapter (guests are welcome), where I'll be talking about "Early season fruit tree care." We'll get...

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Reading avocado leaves

It was my first avocado tree's first winter when a couple leaves started getting yellow veins. Oh no, what disease was this? I sent a photo to a seasoned avocado grower and he wrote back, "This is leaf senescence. The leaf is just dying naturally." With this post, I...

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Master Gardeners, ready to help

An easy and free way to get a gardening question answered is by calling or sending an email to your local Master Gardeners. I’ve spent many hours as a Master Gardener volunteer in San Diego County answering phone calls and emails from the public at the University of...

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Volunteers show when to plant vegetables

I brought this ‘Clarimore’ zucchini plant back from a tour of Brijette Peña's urban farm, where she grows vegetables for seed and trials varieties for her San Diego Seed Company. Peña sold it to me as a seedling in a four-inch pot. But when I got home that afternoon I...

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Growing corn in Southern California

More than any other vegetable, growing corn makes me feel like I’m farming -- not gardening, but farming. It's partly because corn is a big plant. It’s one of the few vegetables that stands taller than you. And corn is usually grown in some arrangement of multiple...

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I'm Greg. My goal is to help others grow some food at home, with a focus on vegetables and fruits -- especially avocados -- in Southern California. I write a new "Yard Post" every Friday.

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