Highway 99

Highway 99

A few weeks ago, on our way back down from a friend's wedding in Oregon, we decided to take our rented RV on Highway 99 rather than the faster Interstate 5. I should say that I decided to take Highway 99. From Red Bluff in the north to Bakersfield in the...

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Managing alternate bearing in avocado trees

Managing alternate bearing in avocado trees

Would you rather have 50 avocados from a tree every year or 100 avocados every other year? By nature, individual avocado trees do not bear the same amount of fruit every year, year after year. Their crop load fluctuates, and it fluctuates for many reasons. I know of...

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Captain Bucklew’s California mango trees

Captain Bucklew’s California mango trees

Captain L. L. Bucklew began planting mango trees in Encinitas, San Diego County, before World War II. By 1956, he was up to 172 trees. Bucklew’s grove was the first commercial planting of mangos in California, and today, fourteen of these historic trees are still...

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Supporting The Yard Posts

Supporting The Yard Posts

(Click here to go directly to the Support Options page) As the tagline says, my goal with this website 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...

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How avocado trees flower

How avocado trees flower

Bloom season is the most exciting for me when it comes to avocados. First, I look at the buds on the branches of trees to try to predict how many will become flowers. Then I observe the bees and flies visiting the flowers. Are there enough? Are the flowers getting...

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Growing cucumbers in Southern California

Growing cucumbers in Southern California

Even on a hot summer day, I can go into the yard and pick a cucumber and bite into it and feel cooled and refreshed. How does that work? There’s no other vegetable quite like a cuke. I need to have them in my garden. Here’s how I go about accomplishing that. Varieties...

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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. I write a new "Yard Post" every Friday.

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