2024 Yard Posts calendar

2024 Yard Posts calendar

The new 2024 Yard Posts food gardening calendar is here! I selected beautiful and honest photos from my yard and elsewhere in Southern California for each month, and I packed in lots of info on vegetables, fruit trees, and watering. For each month, I've got which...

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Supporting The Yard Posts

Supporting The Yard Posts

My goal with The Yard Posts is to help others grow food at home, with a focus on vegetables and fruits -- especially avocados -- in Southern California. How do I do this? I write short articles – “posts” – each Friday, and I augment each post with photos and sometimes...

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Transplanting fruit trees in Southern California

Transplanting fruit trees in Southern California

Yes, you can move a fruit tree that you planted in the wrong spot last year. (I’ve done it.) Yes, you can move a fruit tree that you planted in your current yard to the yard at your new house. (I’ve done it.) I feel like I can give you tips on doing this successfully...

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Fuerte avocados for sale

Fuerte avocados for sale

These Fuertes come from large trees on Shady Lane Farm in Fallbrook, San Diego County. A couple of the old Fuerte trees at Shady Lane Farm. Fuerte was brought up from Mexico by Carl Schmidt over 100 years ago, and it is still many people's favorite variety. The owner...

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Cocktail grapefruit tree: a profile

Cocktail grapefruit tree: a profile

My neighbor had a citrus tree that she called a grapefruit, but it made curious fruit: it was the size and shape of a grapefruit but the rind was golden yellow, unlike any grapefruit I’d seen, and the flavor was so sweet that it tasted artificial. How could this be a...

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Avocados have brown skin? Here’s why

Avocados have brown skin? Here’s why

The spring of 2023 in California was abnormally cool, making avocado thrips abnormally populous. Thrips are tiny insects that chew on avocado fruit as the fruit is small, and this chewing becomes brown scarring. The thrips damage can result in large patches that some...

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Growing potatoes in Southern California

Growing potatoes in Southern California

Most staples are laborious to get from the ground to a form that you can use in the kitchen. Wheat, for example, takes a lot of work to dry and thresh and grind into flour. Potatoes, by comparison, are not only easy but the harvest can be as fun as finding treasure....

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I'm Greg. My goal is to help you grow 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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