Free talk on Home Food Gardening

This evening (Tuesday) I’ll be joining the San Diego Geranium Society to talk about Home Food Gardening — growing vegetables and fruit trees. Visitors are welcome! The meeting begins at 7 p.m., we’ll discuss the topics for around an hour, and...
Spring Collection of Yard Posts, 2019

Spring Collection of Yard Posts, 2019

Spring has sprung! After a relatively long, rainy, and chilly winter for Southern California, plants are bursting their buds to soak up some sun. I can’t recall a winter around here that actually lasted until the end of the calendar winter. But March 20 has...
Before killing it, name that weed

Before killing it, name that weed

I was walking with a friend through his fruit tree orchard a couple weeks ago when he knelt down to pull up a weed. “Oh, I love that plant,” I said. “These things are everywhere. What is it?” “It’s called deerweed. It’s a native plant. It has little yellow and orange...
Winter gardening in Southern California

Winter gardening in Southern California

Winter in Southern California is a season of unique gardening opportunities. What follows is a collection of winter Yard Posts — both recent and from a few winters ago — related to only this season. I’m sure you’ll find some you’ve never...
California Bees and Blooms: a book review

California Bees and Blooms: a book review

California Bees and Blooms has become my guide to a more lively, colorful, and fruitful yard. Just a few mornings ago, I photographed bees collecting pollen on a California poppy flower, one of the first to open this winter. There was lots of buzzing and flashes of...
Preparing a garden for a summer vacation

Preparing a garden for a summer vacation

Most years, we spend a couple weeks visiting friends and my wife’s family in Oregon at the end of summer, and my garden has to fend for itself. How to prepare it for my absence? I worked extra hard for this September’s vacation because it was going to be a full three...
Do you know the leaves in your garden?

Do you know the leaves in your garden?

“Did you see any kitties in the backyard?” my mother-in-law asked my son. “No, they were hiding in the avocado tree,” he said. They were. Only it wasn’t an avocado tree. This was a backyard in Oregon. But the leaves of the tree were...
Where to get wood chips for mulch

Where to get wood chips for mulch

It had been about a year since I’d replenished the wood chips throughout my yard and the mulch was wearing thin. I was having trouble finding a convenient source. I started to get anxious. Then a couple weeks ago my neighbor offered a pile that had been sitting...
Updates!

Updates!

Summer is on its last legs, I’ve bought my seeds for fall vegetables, but before we start talking about the next season let’s look back and update some stories about the remarkable past winter and passing summer. Click the title links below and...

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