Removing Bermuda grass

Removing Bermuda grass

I'm aware of four ways that people use to remove Bermuda grass. As far as my experience goes, only two are highly effective though. I'll share my experiences, moving from the most effective methods to the least. Glyphosate Poisoning Bermuda grass with an...

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Can you mulch avocado trees too much?

Can you mulch avocado trees too much?

Can you mulch avocado trees too much? I'm sure you can, but I've never seen such a thing. And I've seen trees surrounded by deeeeeeep wood chips, like these on John Schoustra's farm in Somis, Ventura County: The evidence of the beautiful leaves and abundant bloom on...

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2024 Yard Posts calendar

2024 Yard Posts calendar

The new 2024 Yard Posts food gardening calendar is here! I selected beautiful and honest photos from my yard and elsewhere in Southern California for each month, and I packed in lots of info on vegetables, fruit trees, and watering. For each month, I've got which...

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How tall can dinosaur kale get?

How tall can dinosaur kale get?

(Originally written in December 2021) Next week my daughter turns four, and so does one of the above kale plants. It was in December 2017 that I sowed a handful of kale seeds. We ate leaves from the plants that grew through that winter while my daughter was learning...

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Food garden meander during solar eclipse

Food garden meander during solar eclipse

When the eclipse on April 8 took the edge off the sun, I decided to stroll around and video anything interesting in the moment. The plants appeared to be behaving normally but the animals did not. All of my Yard Posts are listed here. Scroll down and thank the...

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Carmen avocado tree: a profile

Carmen avocado tree: a profile

Last October, I had the chance to visit the oldest Carmen avocado tree in the USA, and I thought I would come away with a better understanding of the variety. The tree had a metal USDA tag still attached to it, from when it was held in quarantine after the budwood had...

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Tomatoes love new dirt

Tomatoes love new dirt

My tomato plants are on deck, waiting to be planted, because it hasn't warmed up to their liking yet. This last week's nights still dipped into the 30s in my yard, we've got more rain this weekend, and a shift to consistently dry and warmer weather isn't in the...

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I'm Greg. My goal is to help you grow food at home, with a focus on vegetables and fruits -- especially avocados -- in Southern California. I write a new "Yard Post" every Friday.

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