How I open a pomegranate

How I open a pomegranate

My first memory of eating fruit involves being at the pomegranate tree and my mom saying something about red juice stains all over my shirt. I don’t recall how I opened that fruit, but here is how I open pomegranates today for my kids. First, score the peel in a...

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Where to get avocado scion wood

Where to get avocado scion wood

"I wanted to ask about your avocado tree," I said. "Everybody wants to pick my avocados!" the man replied. We were standing in his driveway next to an old Fuerte. "I don't want any avocados, actually," I said. He looked disappointed. "I've been picking avocados off...

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The easiest automatic irrigation

The easiest automatic irrigation

Some years back, I wanted to plant fruit trees in a new part of my yard, but there was only a faucet over there. I handwatered the trees at first, but when that work became too much I set up the easiest form of automatic irrigation. It consists of only five parts....

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Fruit trees can bloom after stress

Fruit trees can bloom after stress

Aren’t fruit trees supposed to bloom in spring? Then why do some of mine have flowers here in October? My pluot trees have a few flowers (those on Flavor King pictured above). Also with a few flowers are my Pink Lady apple, Fan-stil pear, and Blenheim apricot. ...

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Training young avocado trees

Training young avocado trees

The good news is that even if you don’t train your young avocado tree to the perfect shape, the tree can still ultimately be healthy, balanced, and fruitful. I should know. I’ve got a number of mature avocado trees that perform well but that I wish I had trained...

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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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