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...
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...
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...
Posts from other yards, 2021

Posts from other yards, 2021

I revel in visiting other yards and farms, where I learn so much. This past year I got around a bit, and below are a few of the remarkable things I saw and lessons I took away, presented in chronological order. January 4, 2021. How far north can lemon trees grow...
The Yard Posts food gardening calendar 2022

The Yard Posts food gardening calendar 2022

Ready for pre-order now, the Yard Posts food gardening calendars are being printed. What is the purpose of this calendar? It helps Southern California food gardeners by listing for each month which vegetables to plant, how to care for different kinds of fruit trees,...
The Yard Posts avocado calendar 2022

The Yard Posts avocado calendar 2022

The new year’s calendar is designed and being printed! This 2022 avocado calendar includes some changes and additions: Section on how to plant an avocado tree correctlyAll new photosWeeks starting on Sunday (instead of Monday, as last year)Extra information for...

Water Conservation presentations coming up

On Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 PM, I’ll be giving a presentation — via Zoom — titled, “Getting More Fruits and Vegetables from Less Water.” The talk is part of a series of presentations on using water in our Southern California yards...

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