Harvesting fruits and vegetables skillfully

Harvesting fruits and vegetables skillfully

My five-year-old son didn’t want to sit in front of a computer for another school session. “Can I do work for money?” he asked. “Sure. Let’s go harvest garlic.” With teamwork, I forked the dirt to loosen it around the bulbs and then Miles pulled the tops and shook the...

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Drip-irrigation bucket

Drip-irrigation bucket

This is a white sage plant that I put in the ground in late winter. We haven't had much rain since then so I've needed to water it about once a month. Instead of using a watering can or a hose, I find that this drip-irrigation bucket is the best method. In this post...

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Where’s the peach leaf curl in 2021?

Where’s the peach leaf curl in 2021?

Earlier this spring, a friend from Fallbrook was visiting and he mentioned that his peach tree had had a lot of leaf curl last year but this year there was no infection. “I finally got the spraying right!” he said. Slowly, I said, “Those results might not be just...

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The GEM avocado tree: a profile

The GEM avocado tree: a profile

“I believe that 15 years from now we’ll be standing here and we’ll be talking GEM. We won’t be talking Hass. People will go, ‘What is Hass?’” said Mary Lu Arpaia to a room of California avocado growers in 2017. Arpaia knows avocado varieties. She has been the director...

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Edranol avocado: a profile

Edranol avocado: a profile

Check out this video of the historic and high-quality Edranol avocado: More about the Edranol avocado: Edranol entry in Variety Database on Avocadosource.com Edranol frame in Avocado Variety List of University of California, Riverside Note on Edranol production in...

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The Mokum carrot

The Mokum carrot

Over the past couple years I had fun growing carrots of all colors, but at some point I realized that the best tasting carrots were orange. Too often, carrots of other colors were fibrous or bitter. So this last winter I grew only orange carrots. More than that, I...

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I’m Greg. My goal is to help others grow food at home, with a focus on vegetables and fruits — especially avocados — in Southern California.

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