Why grow food at home?

Why grow food at home?

Sometimes gardening feels like a leisure activity, but sometimes it feels like work: weeds, aphids, gophers, heat waves. At which times I think, Why not just buy all my food at the grocery store? It’s so convenient. You show up any day and choose from all sorts of...
When my yard grows up

When my yard grows up

Chance had a problem and a rough idea of the solution. Grasses were taking over his family’s vegetable garden, especially the pathways. Meanwhile, he was raising rabbits for meat. Rabbits eat grass but they also eat vegetable plants so he needed to...
Supporting The Yard Posts

Supporting The Yard Posts

(Click here to go directly to the Support Options page) As the tagline says, my goal with this website 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...
Carpinteria Community Garden

Carpinteria Community Garden

Since I was a kid, my extended family has gathered for a week every summer to camp at the beach in Carpinteria. Just below Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is on the north end of Southern California, at least the way I draw the lines. I think of Southern California as being...
Night gardening

Night gardening

Last night my wife and kids were out of town so I did what any husband and father might do with an evening alone. I put on my headlamp and gardened in the darkness. I planted tomatoes and tomatillos, and then I sowed a row of corn, and then I scouted around for...
Highway 99

Highway 99

A few weeks ago, on our way back down from a friend’s wedding in Oregon, we decided to take our rented RV on Highway 99 rather than the faster Interstate 5. I should say that I decided to take Highway 99. From Red Bluff in the north to Bakersfield in...
Lessons of winter, 2021-2022

Lessons of winter, 2021-2022

A couple more days and it’s March, in which starts spring. But before we move on, I’ve pulled three lessons from the past winter. 1. Consequences of 28 degrees The coldest night of this 2021-2022 winter in Southern California just passed, on February 23-24. My yard’s...
Our kids will thank us later

Our kids will thank us later

My dad never made me learn plumbing, but I’m making my kids learn to grow their own food. Growing fruits and vegetables is one of the few skills I have, and I would be neglectful if I didn’t pass it on to my three children. I watched my dad repair plumbing equipment...
Flowers for bees all year in Southern California

Flowers for bees all year in Southern California

For several years, I have recorded which flowers I see bees feeding on in my yard and elsewhere in Southern California. Below is a list that I compiled based on these notes. Month by month, it shows which flowering plants that I’ve seen many bees consistently feeding...

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