Which kind of citrus tree do I have?

Which kind of citrus tree do I have?

Because there is a citrus tree in almost every yard in California, we often inherit one when we move into a new house. Which kind is it? What if there's no one around to tell you? Here I describe how I approached figuring out the identities of a couple mystery citrus...

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I planted tomatoes too early

I planted tomatoes too early

Plants grow according to the weather, not according to the calendar. Plants grow according to the weather, not according to the calendar. Plants grow according to the weather, not according to the calendar. Here are my excuses: It was mid-March, a planting time that...

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Can you start vegetable seeds in compost?

Can you start vegetable seeds in compost?

I’ve been starting my vegetable seeds in homemade compost for many years so when I hear someone say that this can’t be done, or shouldn’t be tried, I wonder about their reasons for saying so. In addition to hearing individual gardeners recommend against starting...

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Avocado rootstocks: What do they matter?

Avocado rootstocks: What do they matter?

Rootstocks are mysterious. They do their work hidden, underground. Yet, their influence on the trees above ground is real and measurable. For example, some rootstocks have demonstrated that they can induce the tops to make more than twice as much fruit compared to...

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Protecting vegetables and fruit trees from rabbits

Protecting vegetables and fruit trees from rabbits

With hope, I planted 24 seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts on an October day. By mid-November only two hadn’t been eaten down to the ground by rabbits. This was my first fall in a new house and gardening in a new location, and I hadn’t...

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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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