Interview with John Schoustra

Interview with John Schoustra

John Schoustra's experience growing plants is broad. Just his current ventures look like this: he operates Greenwood Daylily Gardens alongside his wife, growing and breeding daylillies, irises, and more; he is the Orchard Manager of Apricot Lane Farms, overseeing an...

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Feral avocado tree in San Juan Capistrano

Feral avocado tree in San Juan Capistrano

Avocado trees are not supposed to be able to grow on their own in Southern California. Here our rainfall is far less, and our rainfall pattern is completely opposite, compared to where avocados grow wild. In most of Southern California, we average 10-16 inches of rain...

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Supporting The Yard Posts

Supporting The Yard Posts

My goal with The Yard Posts is to help others grow food at home, with a focus on vegetables and fruits -- especially avocados -- in Southern California. How do I do this? I write short articles – “posts” – each Friday, and I augment each post with photos and sometimes...

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Fruit tree pest management ideas worth trying

Fruit tree pest management ideas worth trying

Last night I spoke with the Orange County chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers about dealing with pests of fruit trees, and they contributed so many ideas worth trying that I have to share a few. Squirrels Someone showed me a method that her husband developed...

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Pomegranate flowers

Pomegranate flowers

I’ve got pomegranate trees that produce reliably, but I know others who don't and I want to help them. So this spring I’m learning more about pomegranate flowers and tree fruitfulness. Join me. Pomegranate flowers, from start to finish This week, on one of my trees I...

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Sharwil avocado tree: video profile

Sharwil avocado tree: video profile

Where does the Sharwil avocado variety come from? How does it grow? Does it fruit well? Is it an A or B flower? Would it be a good one for your yard? (Coming soon: a full written profile of the Sharwil variety.) Your support enables me to keep ads off this website and...

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I'm Greg. My goal is to help you grow 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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