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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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 it's held in Room 101 of...

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Pruning avocado trees to keep them small

I think of my Hass avocado tree as small even though it is far bigger than the newly planted trees above. As I looked at my Hass last week, it stood 17 feet tall. It was time to prune. I prune it every year in order to keep it down to 15 feet. This post is about...

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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 passed and...

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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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