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...
Mountain Meadow Mushrooms kit: grow your own

Mountain Meadow Mushrooms kit: grow your own

During a presentation I attended by Roberto Ramirez — owner of one of the few mushroom farms left in Southern California, Mountain Meadow Mushrooms in Escondido — he mentioned that they had started selling kits. You could buy one and grow your own...
Winter opportunities in the food garden

Winter opportunities in the food garden

Take it easy if you want. No pressure. But also be aware of seasonal opportunities that only occur once a year. Here are some things you can do in the food garden in the winter — that is January, February, and March. VEGETABLES Sow and plant beets, brassicas...
Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

My garden’s contribution to this year’s Thanksgiving meal: a head of ‘Snow Crown’ cauliflower. The kids helped harvest. They had fun. To family, food, and gratitude . . . Happy Thanksgiving! ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new...
Fall is fast, until it’s slow

Fall is fast, until it’s slow

I stayed up late last night sowing seeds into module trays in my garage. It’s the dawn of the new season — fall — yet I’m afraid of time passing me by. You want to get certain vegetables growing by now, on the cusp of the fall equinox: brassicas, lettuces,...
A Midsummer Garden’s Harvest

A Midsummer Garden’s Harvest

I bet you’re harvesting a lot from your garden here in midsummer. Let’s celebrate that, and let’s remember how we got here. Midsummer harvest First, what to celebrate? Here are some items we are harvesting in early August from our yard. For vegetables, there are...
Growing sunflowers in Southern California

Growing sunflowers in Southern California

Sunflowers are on my mind these days, in part because these sunflowers almost bonk me on the head every time I walk down the path in the photo above. Bees get scared as I get close, and they jump off the flowers to buzz around me. But I just can’t get myself to cut...
Should you get a wood chipper?

Should you get a wood chipper?

After collecting the branches I’d pruned from my Valencia orange tree, I knew just what I would do with them. I could have sent them away in a trash can. I could have stacked them in a brush pile in a far corner of the yard. I could have chopped them into small pieces...

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