Easy weeding after first rain

Easy weeding after first rain

There’s this slice of time a few days to a few weeks after the year’s first rain in Southern California when you can knock out thousands of weeds in minutes with a simple tool and little effort. The first rain falls — and by rain, I mean at least a half-inch,...
Garden pizzas

Garden pizzas

Three nights each week I’m responsible for feeding our three children. My wife works long shifts at the hospital as a nurse. I often struggle to make quality meals, as the kids are young — five, three, and one — and after a twelve-hour day with them,...
More photos; fewer words

More photos; fewer words

I crack up whenever I think of this comment someone made to my wife: “I really like your husband’s blog, except there are so many words.” Maybe not this week? Here are ten photos that capture aspects of this past summer, with captions that I’ve...
Who helped you grow your lunch?

Who helped you grow your lunch?

I was innocently making lunch when my mind started following trails about where I got each ingredient, and by the time I ate the avocado toast I tasted not only bread, avocado, lemon, onion, and tomato, but a lot of memories too. The bread wasn’t one of them....
Summer collection of Yard Posts, 2019

Summer collection of Yard Posts, 2019

Here I’ve selected just over a dozen posts on topics relevant to summer food gardening in Southern California. These are the posts that I reread this time of year. Enjoy! WATERING The best way to water a vegetable garden How much to water a fruit tree in...
Growing a Bee Garden

Growing a Bee Garden

When I write my weekly Yard Post I’m often sitting in my garage, where my view out of the door used to be a weedy hillside but is now this: a dedicated Bee Garden full of color. The notion to grow a Bee Garden has been germinating for years, and finally last winter I...

Talk tonight: Early season fruit tree care

Join me this evening (Friday, May 17) at 7 PM at the Oceanside campus of Mira Costa College for the meeting of the California Rare Fruit Growers, North San Diego County chapter (guests are welcome), where I’ll be talking about “Early season fruit tree...
Master Gardeners, ready to help

Master Gardeners, ready to help

An easy and free way to get a gardening question answered is by calling or sending an email to your local Master Gardeners. I’ve spent many hours as a Master Gardener volunteer in San Diego County answering phone calls and emails from the public at the University of...

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