Starting brassicas in summer

Starting brassicas in summer

Growing good broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts in Southern California is all about timing. August is a great time to sow these “brassicas.” You get the seeds started now and you’ll likely harvest some around Thanksgiving, certainly around Christmas....

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Protecting avocado trees from heat

Protecting avocado trees from heat

If the air temperature is comfortable for you, then it is comfortable for your avocado tree. I spent last week -- the last week of July -- camping next to the beach in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County. At night I wore a sweatshirt, and during the day I could sit in...

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Who helped you grow your lunch?

Who helped you grow your lunch?

I was innocently making lunch when my mind started following trails about where I got each ingredient, and by the time I ate the avocado toast I tasted not only bread, avocado, lemon, onion, and tomato, but a lot of memories too. The bread wasn't one of them. Dave’s...

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Summer collection of Yard Posts, 2019

Summer collection of Yard Posts, 2019

Here I've selected just over a dozen posts on topics relevant to summer food gardening in Southern California. These are the posts that I reread this time of year. Enjoy! WATERING The best way to water a vegetable garden How much to water a fruit tree in Southern...

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Dealing with squirrels in a food garden

Dealing with squirrels in a food garden

When we moved into our house six summers ago, no one had lived here for a few months, and squirrels dominated the yard. The boulder in front of the house (pictured above) had oranges filling its crack. I soon learned that this was the squirrels’ stash. Over the course...

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Summer pruning deciduous fruit trees

Summer pruning deciduous fruit trees

Summer pruning is monkey work. I love its simplicity. There is joyously little thought or skill involved. But it is necessary monkey work. If you want to keep a deciduous fruit tree small and you skip a summer pruning, you start to lose hold on the size and...

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The Reed avocado tree: a profile

The Reed avocado tree: a profile

The Reed avocado variety is the first I ever grew. It is a great beginner’s avocado tree because it is relatively tough and productive. In addition, the fruit itself stands among the finest tasting avocados so it deserves consideration for planting by the first-time...

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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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