Growing summer lettuce in Southern California

Growing summer lettuce in Southern California

“Lettuce, a cool-season vegetable, is extremely sensitive to high temperatures,” it reads on page 385 of the California Master Gardener Handbook. Well, the average high temperature in the summer in my neighborhood of Southern California is the low 90’s . . . but let’s...

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Avocado fruit drop: Why? When? How many?

Avocado fruit drop: Why? When? How many?

In the spring you see flowers on your avocado tree that soon become green fruitlets. Wonderful! Your tree is making avocados! Then they start dropping. What did you do wrong? Why is this happening? When will it end? How many are going to fall? Why avocados drop:...

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Snow Queen nectarine tree: a profile

Snow Queen nectarine tree: a profile

Gave my neighbor some Snow Queen nectarines from our tree the other day and she sent me this text: “Greg, those nectarines were by far the most delicious things we have had in our entire life.” Now, my neighbor is really friendly, and maybe she just wanted to...

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Easiest vegetables to grow from seed

Easiest vegetables to grow from seed

Because my back was sore this week, I employed the kids to do more garden work. For example, they sowed corn. Kids can do this. Corn is one of the easiest vegetables to grow from seed. This post explains why some vegetables are easier to start from seed than others,...

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Should you remove avocados from a small tree?

Should you remove avocados from a small tree?

It's exciting to see a small avocado tree flower and set fruit. But should you allow it? My rule of thumb is to remove all avocados from a tree until it's nearly as tall as me. What this means is that if you've recently planted an avocado tree from a sleeve or...

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I'm Greg. My goal is to help others 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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