Where to cut a branch on a deciduous fruit tree

Where to cut a branch on a deciduous fruit tree

While family was visiting for Christmas I invited my niece to prune a fruit tree with me. Is pruning your fruit trees a little intimidating? What to cut? Where to cut? You can’t reverse it after you’ve cut. There can be a lot to think about when a deciduous fruit tree...
Protecting avocado trees from cold

Protecting avocado trees from cold

My attitude toward protecting avocado trees during winter cold snaps has evolved. I once lived close to the beach where I never thought about protecting my avocados in winter. Then I moved inland and watched the temperatures dive at night but shrugged at first, “Well,...
Growing vegetables under fruit trees

Growing vegetables under fruit trees

Melon vines take up too much garden space. This past summer, we grew all of ours away from the vegetable beds. I planted them under fruit trees where they had room to roam. In the photo above, a Sweet Crimson watermelon is growing “under” a young Hellen avocado tree....
Fertilizing avocado trees

Fertilizing avocado trees

Last week, I visited the largest organic avocado farm in California. It’s those hills in the photo above — they’re covered with 1,000 acres of avocado trees. And I felt vindicated when I saw that they care for the soil under their trees in essentially the...
Where and how to buy good avocados

Where and how to buy good avocados

I’ve been buying avocados the last couple weeks. This is embarrassing because I have more than a dozen avocado trees growing in my yard. We have no fruit off our own trees at the moment, however, due to a combination of some trees having an “off” year, plus the...

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