Growing a Bee Garden

Growing a Bee Garden

When I write my weekly Yard Post I’m often sitting in my garage, where my view out of the door used to be a weedy hillside but is now this: a dedicated Bee Garden full of color. The notion to grow a Bee Garden has been germinating for years, and finally last winter I...

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...
Master Gardeners, ready to help

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...

Free talk on Home Food Gardening

This evening (Tuesday) I’ll be joining the San Diego Geranium Society to talk about Home Food Gardening — growing vegetables and fruit trees. Visitors are welcome! The meeting begins at 7 p.m., we’ll discuss the topics for around an hour, and...
Spring Collection of Yard Posts, 2019

Spring Collection of Yard Posts, 2019

Spring has sprung! After a relatively long, rainy, and chilly winter for Southern California, plants are bursting their buds to soak up some sun. I can’t recall a winter around here that actually lasted until the end of the calendar winter. But March 20 has...
Before killing it, name that weed

Before killing it, name that weed

I was walking with a friend through his fruit tree orchard a couple weeks ago when he knelt down to pull up a weed. “Oh, I love that plant,” I said. “These things are everywhere. What is it?” “It’s called deerweed. It’s a native plant. It has little yellow and orange...
Winter gardening in Southern California

Winter gardening in Southern California

Winter in Southern California is a season of unique gardening opportunities. What follows is a collection of winter Yard Posts — both recent and from a few winters ago — related to only this season. I’m sure you’ll find some you’ve never...
California Bees and Blooms: a book review

California Bees and Blooms: a book review

California Bees and Blooms has become my guide to a more lively, colorful, and fruitful yard. Just a few mornings ago, I photographed bees collecting pollen on a California poppy flower, one of the first to open this winter. There was lots of buzzing and flashes of...

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