The Hass avocado tree: a profile

The Hass avocado tree: a profile

Everybody wants to beat Hass. The world over, breeders are looking for that golden ticket: to create a new avocado variety that has a combination of characteristics superior to Hass. There are some contenders. Who will eventually knock King Hass from the throne? This...

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Natives at the roadside, 2020 update

Natives at the roadside, 2020 update

On Monday morning I was watching the bees feed on the flowers of a black sage plant at the edge of my yard by the road. Two of my neighbors walked by, and one said, “Your plants are beautiful.” “Thanks!” I said. Then I thought, The beauty of these plants has nothing...

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How to harvest avocados

How to harvest avocados

The main question is: Should you just pull the avocados off the tree, or should you carefully clip the stems when you harvest avocados? Let me tell you what I do and explain why. Harvesting avocados by hand Whether my feet are on the ground or I’ve climbed up into a...

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Growing ‘Green Finger’ cucumbers

Growing ‘Green Finger’ cucumbers

I didn’t much like cucumbers until I grew ‘Green Finger.’ I didn’t love to eat them, and I was frustrated while growing them. From my garden, too often they were bitter, and I never could figure out how to consistently prevent that. Insufficient or uneven watering...

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Hydrozoning

Hydrozoning

What’s hydrozoning? It’s grouping plants with similar water needs. You put those plants next to each other, or you put them on the same irrigation line. And I haven’t always done it -- to my great irritation, and to my plants’ hardship. Here are three examples of...

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My mobile chicken pen

My mobile chicken pen

My goal is to keep happy and healthy chickens that do work for me. Building a small, mobile pen for them was my way to accomplish this. For four years we kept four birds full-time in a modest four foot by eight foot pen. I moved the pen and chickens around our yard so...

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Will avocado fruitset in 2020 be like 1965?

Will avocado fruitset in 2020 be like 1965?

I miss Bob Bergh. If you want to learn about avocado flowering and pollination, read everything that this longtime University of California researcher wrote. His studies were creative and useful, and his reporting was honest and skeptical. In short, you can apply...

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I'm Greg. My goal is to help others grow some 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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