That string of storms

That string of storms

At my place in San Diego County, it began to rain on the night of December 27 and it continued on and off until the sunny skies of today, January 20. That’s three straight weeks; the longest dry stretch in between storms was only four days. But is that unusual?...
Summer 2021 weather wrap-up

Summer 2021 weather wrap-up

“It’s been so hot this summer,” said a friend a few weeks ago, at the end of summer. Why would she say that? I thought. “Has it?” I asked. “I record the temperatures almost every day and I was just comparing this summer to last summer. Do you know how many days over...
Santa Ana winds and your garden

Santa Ana winds and your garden

Santa Anas cause many things. They mess up your hair, they put dust into your eyes, they make your lips crack and your throat feel dry, they make the power company shut off your electricity, and of course, they make fires run wild. Santa Anas also make for good...
Would you rather garden in the tropics?

Would you rather garden in the tropics?

A couple weeks ago I grew tired of protecting baby mango trees from frost and of watching more leaves on my banana plants brown due to cold nights. This has been a persistently chilly and rainy winter for us in Southern California. At my house, only once did we go a...
Rain is coming! How do I garden?

Rain is coming! How do I garden?

I get frantic when rain is forecast. Southern California doesn’t get rain often, so I really feel the need to take advantage of each event. Rain provides ideal conditions for certain garden tasks. Some are best done just before the rain starts, some during the...

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