Fall and Winter Gardening in Southern California Fall and Winter Gardening in Southern California For most new gardeners who are growing their first fall or winter gardens in Southern California, it can be confusing what to plant and when. To make matters even more confusing, our weather patterns in Southern California can
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Direct Seeding for Success Direct Seeding for Success If seeds are given ideal soil conditions, most will germinate and sprout within a few days. The exception is seeds that are naturally slow germinating or have hard seed coats that resist moisture penetration. Water for Germination The number one cause of poor germination
Succession Planting Guide Do you succession plant? If not, you are missing out on keeping your garden as productive as you can. Succession planting is the simple act of always planting new items in the garden so that when your current plants start to slow on production, you can replant new ones.
How to Start a Home Vegetable Garden A home vegetable garden is an essential part of a healthy and sustainable home. The pleasure and benefits of a home vegetable garden are endless. Before the 20th century, most people kept a home vegetable garden. In the past 30 years that trend saw a
Planting Guide for Areas with Frost For those of you that do not live in Zones 9 and 10 and get frost in your area, here is a complete planting guide for when to start your seeds according to the average last frost date. Vegetables and Herbs 10-12 weeks Before
Starting Seeds Indoors Starting seeds indoors When starting seeds indoors, consider varieties such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, perennials, and some annual flowers. These crops can really benefit from an early start indoors, especially if you live in an area that has short warm seasons. Starting seeds indoors is particularly helpful for
Integrated Pest Management? What is Integrated Pest Management? It is a way to look at and think about your choices in pest control in your garden. For our certified organic farm, it's the way we make concise plans on how to manage a particular pest. Here are the basic steps: 1-
Snails and slugs can be very damaging Snails and slugs can be very damaging to small transplants and their populations should be managed. Although there’s no organic miracle cure for slug and snail problems, persistent efforts can limit their populations and reduce damage to a reasonable level. Below are a few
Who’s digging in my garden? Before you can start to protect your garden you first have to find out who is digging in your garden! Identify the pests that cause the damage by looking at the various holes and mounds they make. It’s kind of like being able to identify animal
The 6 Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Your Home Garden There are so many reasons to start a garden at home. You can save money and have fresh vegetables (which are higher in nutrients than what you get from the supermarket). No yard? No problem! Many vegetables can be grown in