Citrus, ants, and HLB: the latest research

Citrus, ants, and HLB: the latest research

Yesterday, I attended a citrus pest management field day at Rancho Guejito put on by the University of California. The focus was on the disease Huanglongbing (HLB) and ants. I've attended many similar lectures and research updates on these topics over the...

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Carpinteria Community Garden

Carpinteria Community Garden

Since I was a kid, my extended family has gathered for a week every summer to camp at the beach in Carpinteria. Just below Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is on the north end of Southern California, at least the way I draw the lines. I think of Southern California as being...

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Reed and Lamb avocados for sale

Reed and Lamb avocados for sale

I've got a mixed box of the best summer avocados in California for you, and they're from my own trees! With one of these boxes you'll get to taste Reeds and Lambs side by side. Which do you want to grow in your yard? Will you love them both? Here is the order page....

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Grafting onto citrus rootstock suckers

Grafting onto citrus rootstock suckers

Citrus trees often shoot up branches from down low on the trunk. If low enough -- below the graft union -- then these "suckers" are from the rootstock. In a sense, these are dangerous, and it's important to remove them immediately. See details on why and how in my...

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Interplanting vegetables

Interplanting vegetables

We had spent the afternoon swimming in the Tsoaing river, which would swell with water after each summer rain, and we were hungry. Masopha led us to his family's field nearby where they were growing corn with watermelon underneath. He picked a couple of watermelons....

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Why no avocados on your tree?

Why no avocados on your tree?

In July it becomes evident whether your avocado tree will have a crop to eat next year. Do you see small avocados on the tree now? Do you see many? If your answer to either question is no, then this post should give you a clue as to why not. If you have an...

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