Fruit trees hiding at the San Diego Zoo

Fruit trees hiding at the San Diego Zoo

(Originally written on October 13, 2017, I've updated a few parts of this post here in 2021.) Last week, I took my boys to the San Diego Zoo and we headed toward a less crowded area where the giant Galapagos tortoises reside. As often happens, on our walk I pointed...

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Water Conservation presentations coming up

On Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 PM, I'll be giving a presentation -- via Zoom -- titled, "Getting More Fruits and Vegetables from Less Water." The talk is part of a series of presentations on using water in our Southern California yards put together by Sustainable...

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When to give up on an avocado tree

When to give up on an avocado tree

Breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes you've got to give up on an avocado tree. Last week, I gave up on three. I'll show you which and I'll tell you why. Little GEM with gopher damage The first was the GEM shown above, which hadn't even been in the ground for a...

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Succeeding at tomatoes

Succeeding at tomatoes

The first way you succeed at tomatoes is by having realistic expectations, which was the main point of my previous post, “Failing at tomatoes.” The second way is by learning to manage the things that go wrong with your tomato plants and their fruit, and this is the...

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Don’t spray for citrus leafminers

Don’t spray for citrus leafminers

Back in the winter of 2015, a neighbor noted how poor my lime tree looked. She said her lemon tree didn't have those "curly leaves" because she sprays it. A couple days later she brought over a blue bottle of the stuff she uses: Bayer Advanced -- Fruit, Citrus and...

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Failing at Tomatoes

Failing at Tomatoes

Your tomatoes aren’t perfect like these of mine? Your plants don’t still have vivid green foliage in late summer? Mine do. You are failing. This is the message that some gardeners receive. This summer, I’ve heard from a number of first-time gardeners who feel like...

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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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