Supporting The Yard Posts

Supporting The Yard Posts

My goal with The Yard Posts is to help others grow food at home, with a focus on vegetables and fruits — especially avocados — in Southern California. How do I do this? I write short articles – “posts” – each Friday, and I augment each post with photos and...
2024 Yard Posts calendar

2024 Yard Posts calendar

The new 2024 Yard Posts food gardening calendar is here! I selected beautiful and honest photos from my yard and elsewhere in Southern California for each month, and I packed in lots of info on vegetables, fruit trees, and watering. For each month, I’ve got...
Food garden meander during solar eclipse

Food garden meander during solar eclipse

When the eclipse on April 8 took the edge off the sun, I decided to stroll around and video anything interesting in the moment. The plants appeared to be behaving normally but the animals did not. All of my Yard Posts are listed here. Scroll down and thank the...
What is good about weeds

What is good about weeds

I’m not asking the question, “What is good about weeds?” Here I’m listing six ways in which weeds are good. By definition, weeds are plants that we don’t want wherever they are growing. But in the absence of plants that we do want in those spots, it’s...
Talk on Fruit tree pests with CRFG South Bay

Talk on Fruit tree pests with CRFG South Bay

Join me and the California Rare Fruit Growers, South Bay (Los Angeles) chapter on Saturday, March 16, for a talk on fruit tree pests. The meeting will be held at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, starting at 9:45 AM. Please see the South Bay...
Cher’s garden of gratitude

Cher’s garden of gratitude

Cher is 73 now. She’s had both hips replaced – her left hip twice – and she is still working on the flexibility in her new right knee. She showed me how deeply she can squat, which is important for two activities that she loves: gardening and surfing. I met Cher and...
Dead spots in a yard

Dead spots in a yard

First I planted a Granny Smith apple. Second I planted a Sharwil avocado. Then I planted another Sharwil avocado. Finally I planted a Flavor Grenade pluot in this spot, but it too died. It was then that I realized it was not me killing these trees, it was this...
Common garden weeds in Southern California

Common garden weeds in Southern California

The off-season rain of Hurricane Hilary on August 20 gave a rare opportunity for both warm-season and cool-season weeds to germinate at the same time. I thought I would take advantage by photographing the young seedlings as they came up. I chose to post here only the...
You are what you eat eats

You are what you eat eats

Whenever I feed my chickens or fertilize my vegetables and fruit trees I hear the phrase, “You are what you eat eats.” “You are what you eat” is a phrase we all know, and it means that our bodies consist of whatever we put into them. The lesson...
Eliminating ants from potted plants

Eliminating ants from potted plants

When ants have made a full-time home in the rootball of one of my potted plants, I use a cheap, non-toxic substance to get rid of them. It’s called water. I’ll explain how I go about this using the example of one of my coffee plants, which last week became...

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