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...

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