Caring for your garden during a heat wave

That last one was a scorcher!  In Santa Ana, it set an all-time record at 114. In Riverside, it got up to 118. Ojai hit 110. In the shade of my front porch in Ramona, San Diego County, it reached 113. July 6-8, 2018 was a spell for history. It was so hot that it...

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Custom signs for fruit trees

While I may know the names of all of the fruit trees in my yard, my wife and children don't, and friends and family who visit certainly don't. So I started drawing the names of my trees on pieces of wood that I then stuck into the ground with metal stakes. They looked...

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Teaming with Microbes: a book review

A good book changes you. If you looked at my vegetable garden today and compared it to my vegetable garden a couple years ago, one difference you’d notice is the fullness of its beds. Nowadays, I aim to keep plants growing over every square inch of each bed at all...

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When to pick oranges and tangerines

A friend asked me how to know when to pick the tangerines from his tree. My first thought was, it's obvious, you pick them when they taste good. But then I remembered that for some people gardening is full of rights and wrongs; he was afraid there was a correct or...

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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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