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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A feral avocado tree in Southern California

A feral avocado tree in Southern California

There are some avocado trees in Southern California that survive on rainfall alone. Some that I know were once part of old groves while others appear to have grown as wild seedlings from the beginning. Have they tapped into an underground water source? Are they on a...

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Mobile avocado pollenizer tree

Mobile avocado pollenizer tree

Maybe you only have space for one avocado tree, but you want maximum fruit production. You could try keeping a small tree of the opposite flower type (A/B) in a container next to your main tree. During spring when they're both in bloom, the bees can use the pollen...

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Mountain Meadow Mushrooms kit: grow your own

Mountain Meadow Mushrooms kit: grow your own

During a presentation I attended by Roberto Ramirez -- owner of one of the few mushroom farms left in Southern California, Mountain Meadow Mushrooms in Escondido -- he mentioned that they had started selling kits. You could buy one and grow your own mushrooms at home....

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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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