Bees on flowers in Southern California

Bees on flowers in Southern California

I continue to learn more about bees. Last week, for example, I attended a webinar presented by two UC Riverside entomologists, Quinn McFrederick and Boris Baer, about native bees and honey bees and their current health status. You can watch it here; it has been given...
Realistic garden expectations

Realistic garden expectations

“Oh, good to see you have weeds too,” said my neighbor as we walked through my vegetable garden. I’ve felt just like that when visiting other gardens, haven’t you? Here’s a fact that should give all of us a feeling of relief: In the best gardens and on the...
Growing fruits and vegetables for kids

Growing fruits and vegetables for kids

First I grew fruits and vegetables for myself. Then I grew for my wife (Happy Valentine’s Day!). Now my plantings are largely directed toward feeding our three children — and the kids don’t like to eat the same stuff we do. Let me share what I’ve found our...
List of Yard Posts

List of Yard Posts

Below is a list of the posts I’ve written on this site. I’ve categorized them, and each title is a hyperlink that can be clicked. Every time I write a new post, I will add it to this list so consider it always up to date. Enjoy! Fruit Trees, general:...
Talk to you in 2020

Talk to you in 2020

Taking a week away from writing a Yard Post to end 2019, but here are a few photos anyway. Above, the cauliflower is coming along well with very few aphids this season. Below, installed a weather station in the yard the other day, which immediately recorded a couple...
Taking notes on your garden

Taking notes on your garden

I make a million mistakes in my garden. I love experimenting out there. My only goal is to not make the same mistakes over and over again, and my gardening notes help with that. I want to share mainly the three types of notes about my garden that I’ve found most...
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...

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