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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Lowering a food garden’s water bill

Lowering a food garden’s water bill

Late summer is usually when we need to water our vegetables and fruit trees most in Southern California. And we should water them amply, as much as they need in order to provide us the food we desire. But are there ways to be more efficient? Always. Listed here are...

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How far apart to plant avocado trees

How far apart to plant avocado trees

Whether you’re planting a single avocado tree or an entire grove, you need to figure out the spacing. How close should you plant your avocado tree to your house or your driveway? How far should the tree be from another fruit tree or a retaining wall? Can you plant an...

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Reading citrus leaves

Reading citrus leaves

What can you learn about your lemon or orange, mandarin or grapefruit tree from its leaves? Following are photos of citrus foliage mostly from the trees in my own Southern California yard, and each photo tells a small story. It’s likely that you’ll recognize some of...

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A Midsummer Garden’s Harvest

A Midsummer Garden’s Harvest

I bet you’re harvesting a lot from your garden here in midsummer. Let’s celebrate that, and let's remember how we got here. Midsummer harvest First, what to celebrate? Here are some items we are harvesting in early August from our yard. For vegetables, there are...

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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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