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A surprisingly unproductive end of August garden, 2015

The end of August normally sees gardeners overwhelmed with produce. No such “problems” here. My garden looks lush, but production is lagging way behind normal. At least we’re getting apples and Asian pears, and enjoying home-baked sourdough bread! Continue reading

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We survived the heat wave–Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Our fruit trees are in bloom and the veggie beds are coming along nicely. We have harvested 26 lbs of fruit and 3 lbs of vegetables as of Feb. 28, with 42 eggs from the hens. Continue reading

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Spring in southern California and a good Harvest Monday on Wed, Feb 24 2015

I just came in from Yard Patrol–my morning rounds of my  tiny yard and garden. With a cup of coffee in hand, I walk around the garden to keep an informal eye on what is blooming, what is ripe, and … Continue reading

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Correlation of winter chill hours with harvests from deciduous fruit trees

I am experimenting with inserting an Excel spreadsheet directly into my blog (see below, bottom of post). It works so-so. I can’t alter the width of the columns after I paste the image, so the winter chill hours (number of … Continue reading

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Growing fruit on my urban Southern California mini-farm

I have worked really hard over the past 8 years to convert our small, urban southern California yard into a productive mini-farm. I have Barbara Kingsolver and her book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” to thank for that. That book was transformational! … Continue reading

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A warm Harvest Monday and setting harvest expectations for 2015

A warmer than average winter will probably negatively affect fruit production on my urban mini-farm this year. The reason why is…. Continue reading

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My southern California garden in August

My how time flies. Where has the summer gone? I know where mine went. Bye-bye. My last post was in April. In May, I went to Yellowstone National Park, driving by myself. I was on assignment from Desert USA magazine, … Continue reading

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