Where’s the peach leaf curl in 2021?

Where’s the peach leaf curl in 2021?

Earlier this spring, a friend from Fallbrook was visiting and he mentioned that his peach tree had had a lot of leaf curl last year but this year there was no infection. “I finally got the spraying right!” he said. Slowly, I said, “Those results might not be just...
What are root knot nematodes?

What are root knot nematodes?

I planted cucumbers on June 19 and expected them to take off in the warm weather and soil, but they kept wilting in the noonday sun. So I watered more. They continued to wilt every afternoon. When they weren’t wilting, they were barely growing. Finally, I yanked one...
Dormant spray deciduous fruit trees?

Dormant spray deciduous fruit trees?

(Last updated February 5, 2021) “Here’s a minimum spray program for mixed fruit tree plantings: In December or January, or after pruning, apply a dormant spray such as oil and lime sulfur to apples, pears, peaches, plums — all fruits except those noted below...
Dealing with squirrels in a food garden

Dealing with squirrels in a food garden

When we moved into our house six summers ago, no one had lived here for a few months, and squirrels dominated the yard. The boulder in front of the house (pictured above) had oranges filling its crack. I soon learned that this was the squirrels’ stash. Over the course...
Protecting fruit from birds

Protecting fruit from birds

(Last updated November 13, 2020.) My goal is to see birds as garden teammates — as they eat insects that can be pests, such as aphids — and not as enemies as they peck the fruit on my trees. As far as my experience goes, the best way to accomplish this is...

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