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...
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...

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