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:
Fruit trees can bloom after stress
Painting the trunks of fruit trees
Fruit trees for a year-round harvest in Southern California
Grafting a pollenizer branch into your fruit tree
Using wood chips as mulch for fruit trees
Setting up micro-sprinklers under fruit trees
Protecting fruit from birds
How much to water a fruit tree in Southern California, roughly
Keep mulch away from tree trunks?
Growing fruit trees in Southern California
Where should you buy a fruit tree?
Don’t judge a tree by its first fruit
Your fruit tree is grafted — why? and so what?
Fruit trees hiding at the San Diego Zoo
What kind of fruit tree should you plant?
Eating seasons of my fruit trees
Where to plant a fruit tree
Where to get avocado scion wood
Training young avocado trees
How far apart to plant avocado trees
The Hass avocado tree: a profile
How to harvest avocados
Will avocado fruitset in 2020 be like 1965?
Avocado variety profiles
The Fuerte avocado tree: a profile
The Bacon avocado tree: a profile
White powder on avocado branches
Avocado varieties for year-round harvest
Protecting avocado trees from heat
The Reed avocado tree: a profile
Reading avocado leaves
The Lamb/Hass avocado tree: a profile
Pruning avocado trees to keep them small
Should you buy a big or small avocado tree?
What kind of avocado tree do you get when you plant a seed?
Fertilizing avocado trees
Protecting avocado trees from cold
Where to buy an avocado tree
How to plant and stake an avocado tree
Who is eating holes in your avocado leaves?
How much and how often to water avocado trees in California
The quetzal and the wild avocado
What’s the best kind of avocado to grow?
Hand pollinating avocados
Where and how to buy good avocados
Pruning avocado trees
Avocado leaves turning brown? Here’s why and what to do
Growing avocados in Southern California
Avocados get sunburned — what to do?
My favorite way to eat a Reed avocado
How long until an avocado tree fruits?
When to pick avocados
Can you grow an avocado tree in a small yard?
Best resource for growing avocados
How to water a newly planted avocado tree
Heat tolerance of avocado varieties
Grafting avocados, the best how-to resource I know of
How the Fuerte avocado really got its name
Mexican avocados suck
Cross pollination of avocados, or why I planted a Hass next to a Fuerte
Eating seasons of my avocados
Growing sweet potato vines under avocado trees
Do you need two avocado trees to get fruit?
Do avocado trees need a lot of water?
Among some of the oldest avocado trees in California, at The Huntington
Reading citrus leaves
The Gold Nugget mandarin tree: a profile
Meet Frank Meyer, of the Meyer lemon
Why are my oranges splitting?
Dwarf, semi-dwarf, and standard citrus trees: What are they, really?
When to pick oranges and tangerines
When and how to prune citrus trees
Orange blossom or lemon blossom?
The best fruit tree for kids, and the winner is . . . Kishu!
Valencia orange in full bloom
Don’t spray for citrus leafminers
Sunrise from inside an orange tree
Oranges and mandarins fresh off the tree almost all year
Deciduous Fruit Trees:
How I open a pomegranate
Thank you, Floyd Zaiger
Grafting deciduous fruit trees in winter in Southern California
Dormant spray deciduous fruit trees?
Growing pluots in Southern California
Summer pruning deciduous fruit trees
Pinch to shape young fruit trees
Effects of a warm and wacky winter on deciduous fruit trees
Messages from your deciduous fruit trees after the chilly winter (2018-2019)
Where to cut a branch on a deciduous fruit tree
Think about sunshine when pruning deciduous fruit trees
Don’t cut off the fruiting wood: pruning lesson number one
Should you prune a bare-root fruit tree?
The Home Orchard: a book review
Oh, the mistakes I’ve made: Not thinning enough fruit from a plum tree
My best advice on pruning deciduous fruit trees: keep them small
Bare root season is here! The best time to buy and plant a deciduous fruit tree is now
Shoemaker Farm U-pick persimmons, Ramona
Don’t thin apricot fruit in order to increase fruit size
Apricot flowers becoming fruit
Winter grafts on deciduous fruit trees
Deciduous fruit through summer and fall
Berries, Vines, and other Fruiting Plants:
Growing small blackberry and raspberry bushes on stakes
Interplanting a strawberry patch
Growing raspberries in Southern California
Growing bananas in Southern California
Growing grapes on a chain link fence
Grapevine on eave to shade house
Propagating grapes with cuttings
Passion fruit: best edible, evergreen vine
Growing blueberries in Southern California
Growing coffee plants in Southern California
Coffee plant at San Diego’s Balboa Park
Fertilizing vegetables with compost: pros and cons
Growing peppers in Southern California
Comparing tomato supports: cage versus stake-and-string
Growing ‘Green Finger’ cucumbers
When to plant tomatoes in Southern California
How tall can dinosaur kale get?
Growing cilantro in Southern California
Tomato varieties for Southern California, 2019
Starting brassicas in summer
Don’t rush to plant warm-season vegetables in Southern California
Growing corn in Southern California
Volunteers show when to plant vegetables
Should you grow vegetables from seeds or plants?
Growing greens in Southern California
Growing peas in Southern California
Using wood chips as mulch for vegetables
Growing garlic in Southern California
Growing broccoli and cauliflower in Southern California
Growing vegetables under fruit trees
Which vegetables can I plant now in Southern California?
The best way to water a vegetable garden
Starting a vegetable garden in Southern California
Growing and harvesting lettuce in Southern California
Dealing with aphids on broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower
Which is the heirloom tomato?
Growing carrots in Southern California
Growing onions in Southern California
The best way to support tomato plants
The art of transplanting a vegetable seedling (in five steps)
Where to plant a vegetable garden
Oh, the mistakes I’ve made: planting vegetables at the wrong time
Whose flower is this?
Which vegetables can you plant now?
Glass Gem corn, and Happy Thanksgiving!
How I grow sweet potatoes
Adding soil and compost to seed-starting mixes
Harvesting tomatoes and broccoli at the same time?
Sow carrots now!
How long to run drip irrigation on vegetables
Don’t transplant carrot seedlings?
Fall is my favorite vegetable growing season in Southern California
You sure can grow long-day onions in Southern California
Let’s say this squash is supported
‘San Diego’ tomatoes, and supporting tomatoes
Green beans shade house
Growing potatoes in Southern California
The economics of homegrown broccoli
Should you get chickens?
Chickens: my garden’s little helpers
Grocery store vs. backyard chicken egg
Chickens eat bugs in the garden
The easiest automatic irrigation
Lowering a food garden’s water bill
Smart irrigation timers and automation
My watering schedules for vegetables and fruit trees
Using the evapotranspiration rate to water your garden better
Unirrigated fruits and vegetables in Southern California, summer 2019
Fall / Autumn watering of fruit trees and vegetables
Getting rainwater from a barrel to your plants
Drip and micro-sprinkler irrigation troubleshooting guide
How to water plants through a heat wave
Get your hands dirty: Discover the truth about your irrigation practices
What is the best time of day to water your plants?
A new year, a new rain tank, a new weather pattern
Sizing rain tank #2
Summer water reflections
The economics of my rain tank
Reusing laundry water
What to do with 500 gallons of rainwater?
Collecting rain from roofs
Does it pay to conserve water?
Where to get wood chips for mulch
Teaming with Microbes: a book review
Don’t dig in your garden
Fertile soil can be child’s play
My soil, in depth
What are root knot nematodes?
Dealing with squirrels in a food garden
Managing rabbits in the garden
Eating the rabbits that eat my garden
The best gopher trap: It’s a Cinch
Fourteen hornworms on one tomato plant
Hedgerow of native plants brings all kinds of benefits
Effects of the cool, wet spring on our Southern California gardens
Santa Ana winds and your garden
Would you rather garden in the tropics?
Caring for your garden during a heat wave
Rain is coming! How do I garden?
The sucker frost
Rain makes dreams come true
Gardening benefits of a hot-summer climate
El Nino is not rain, and it doesn’t come to California
How to cope with a heat wave
Rain met drought, drought doesn’t care
July is a strange month to be thinking about rain, but . . .
What if we lived off rainfall alone
Rain is not sewage
The New Year’s 2015 freeze damage and its lessons
The New Year’s 2015 freeze
Bees on flowers in Southern California
Growing a Bee Garden
California Bees and Blooms: a book review
Oh, the mistakes I’ve made: Thinking flowers were for girls
Planting Reeve’s placenta tree
My boy and his placenta tree turn three
Miles and his placenta tree turn one, but one of them almost gets eaten by a gopher
Cass and his Fuerte turn two
Miles’s placenta tree
Cass and the placenta tree turn one
Easy weeding after first rain
How to outsmart garden weeds
Before killing it, name that weed
What to do in a Southern California food garden in January?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in February?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in March?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in April?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in May?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in June?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in July?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in August?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in September?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in October?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in November?
What to do in a Southern California food garden in December?
Southern California food gardening calendar 2021
Fall is fast, until it’s slow
Growing sunflowers in Southern California
Should you get a wood chipper?
Realistic garden expectations
Growing fruits and vegetables for kids
Taking notes on your garden
Southern California food gardening calendar for 2020
More photos; fewer words
Summer collection of Yard Posts, 2019
Who helped you grow your lunch?
Learning from the California Gardener of the Year
Master Gardeners, ready to help
Do you know the leaves in your garden?
Preparing a garden for a summer vacation
Food gardeners are . . . different
Reading my grandma’s 1961 Sunset Western Garden Book (My, how things have changed)
What is organic, actually?
Best books for food gardeners in Southern California
Gardening at the grocery store
Why I still grow food at home
How long does it take to grow a productive yard?
Gardening with kids
Davis Garden Show: best podcast for Southern California gardeners
Persimmon vs. tomato
Farmer to Farmer podcast
Cass’s first garden
Cactus among cedars
Natives at the roadside
Saving water by applying urine as fertilizer
Applying urine as fertilizer
Your urine can be fertilizer