Meet Frank Meyer, of the Meyer lemon

Meet Frank Meyer, of the Meyer lemon

I spotted this sign in a Starbucks the other day, featuring a coffee that is claimed to have Meyer lemon in its flavor profile, and I wondered how that would make Frank Meyer feel. Initially, he might shake his head because he clearly requested that no plant be named...

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List of Yard Posts

List of Yard Posts

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: Painting the...

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Beware of rootstock suckers on citrus trees

Beware of rootstock suckers on citrus trees

My orange tree above looks fine, right? That’s what I thought until I crouched down and noticed this little devil: That branch growing from the base of the trunk — that’s the little devil. It’s not a branch of my orange tree; it’s rootstock. Citrus trees are usually...

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Dormant spray deciduous fruit trees?

Dormant spray deciduous fruit trees?

“Here’s a minimum spray program for mixed fruit tree plantings: In December or January, or after pruning, apply a dormant spray such as oil and lime sulfur to apples, pears, peaches, plums -- all fruits except those noted below -- for control of scale insects and...

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Talk to you in 2020

Talk to you in 2020

Taking a week away from writing a Yard Post to end 2019, but here are a few photos anyway. Above, the cauliflower is coming along well with very few aphids this season. Below, installed a weather station in the yard the other day, which immediately recorded a couple...

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Taking notes on your garden

Taking notes on your garden

I make a million mistakes in my garden. I love experimenting out there. My only goal is to not make the same mistakes over and over again, and my gardening notes help with that. I want to share mainly the three types of notes about my garden that I’ve found most...

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Why are my oranges splitting?

Why are my oranges splitting?

It's December, my oranges aren't sweet yet, but they’re splitting. Oh no! Happens every fall, actually. Just as the cool nights start to turn the rinds from green to orange, and just as the first rains arrive, navel oranges begin to split. My orange tree whose fruit...

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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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