Powdery Mildew in a San Diego Garden Powdery Mildew Guest Blog by Susan Martin Written August 14th 2020 I’m sitting on my front porch writing about the powdery mildew that is overtaking my backyard vegetable garden. It’s expected in the usual susceptible plants grown in my coastal summer garden—tomatoes and the squash,
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Choosing Vegetables to Grow in Southern California's Cool Season Have a successful cool season garden in zones 9 and 10 with our help. Learn what to grow for a bountiful garden you can enjoy all winter. Grow what you like to eat Plant what you like to eat! Most of us don’t
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
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