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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Fall is fast, until it’s slow

Fall is fast, until it’s slow

I stayed up late last night sowing seeds into module trays in my garage. It’s the dawn of the new season -- fall -- yet I’m afraid of time passing me by. You want to get certain vegetables growing by now, on the cusp of the fall equinox: brassicas, lettuces, greens....

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Interplanting a strawberry patch

Interplanting a strawberry patch

My Aunt Renee always grew the family’s best strawberries in her garden in Corona, where she had a permanent strawberry patch near her garage. All she did each year was rake out a few old or dead plants and add new ones to fill gaps. With a permanent strawberry patch,...

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Growing peppers in Southern California

Growing peppers in Southern California

At the end of summer, peppers look better than anything else in my vegetable garden. Corn has been harvested and stalks are drying, tomatoes are getting brown leaves from the bottom up, but peppers remain verdant, and adorned by red, yellow, orange, brown, purple,...

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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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