Growing pluots in Southern California

Growing pluots in Southern California

I’ve met people who don’t like the tart skin of some plums, and I’ve met people who find apricots mushy, but I’m still waiting to meet the person who has eaten a homegrown pluot and doesn’t ask for more. Just this week I shared some from my trees with a friend who has...

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More photos; fewer words

More photos; fewer words

I crack up whenever I think of this comment someone made to my wife: "I really like your husband's blog, except there are so many words." Maybe not this week? Here are ten photos that capture aspects of this past summer, with captions that I've trimmed and trimmed....

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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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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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