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Growing Vitamin C: A Guide to Planting Citrus Trees
Growing Vitamin C: A Guide to Planting Citrus Trees
Citrus trees are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Most citrus trees grow well in the Mediterranean climates of coastal California. And spring, after all possibility of frost has past and before the heat of the summer, is an ideal time for planting. Planting. Proper planting of fruit trees is critical to their long-term health […]
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Planning for New Vegetable Gardens
Planning for New Vegetable Gardens
How challenging is it to succeed with a new garden? Harder than you might expect even for experienced gardeners, but problems are solvable.
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Gardening as a Refuge in Troubled Times
Gardening as a Refuge in Troubled Times
If you haven’t felt it yet, undoubtedly you will at some point in the coming weeks and months: frustration, weariness, or the numbness that follows prolonged stress. When faced with perpetual uncertainty during the Coronavirus pandemic, with many options for relaxation and fun curtailed or unavailable, gardening may be one of the very best candidates […]
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Fall Vegetable Plants for Colder Mediterranean Climates
Fall Vegetable Plants for Colder Mediterranean Climates
Here are three cool-season vegetables that tolerate light frost, making them ideal for fall planting in colder Mediterranean climates: Parsley. Ideal conditions for growing parsley are full sun at temperatures of about 75° F to 80° F, but parsley grows well in daytime temperatures from about 65° F to 85° F. When planting in fall, […]
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Down and Dirty: Tips For Managing Fallow Garden Beds and Containers
Down and Dirty: Tips For Managing Fallow Garden Beds and Containers
Down and Dirty Southern California Gardening A weekly GardenZeus article series to help gardeners succeed in Southern California’s unique climates and growing conditions. Post 17: Tips For Managing Fallow Garden Beds and Containers If we’re focused on what happens aboveground, the summer gardening show may seem over by August or September in many Southern California […]
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Acidify Your Soil With a Vinegar and Water Soil Drench
Acidify Your Soil With a Vinegar and Water Soil Drench
Alkaline soils can be acidified with a solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar per gallon of water used as a soil drench. To determine the alkalinity of your soil, GardenZeus recommends the following articles: Down and Dirty 5: What is the Mother of All Southern California Landscape and Garden Problems? Down and Dirty 7: Mud […]
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The Alphabet Soup of Tomato Disease Resistance
The Alphabet Soup of Tomato Disease Resistance
Tomato seeds and plants may be sold with a string of letters after their variety names. These are codes for disease resistance. Common letter codes include: A Alternaria stem canker F Fusarium wilt FF Fusarium, races 1 and 2 FFF Fusarium, races 1,2 and 3 N Nematodes T Tobacco mosaic virus St Stemphylium gray leaf spot […]
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Selecting Onion Varieties for California Gardens: The Importance of Day Length
Selecting Onion Varieties for California Gardens: The Importance of Day Length
Selecting bulb onions varieties to grow in the home garden is more complicated than for most other vegetables. The most important factor for home gardeners is day length, meaning the number of hours of sunlight needed to initiate bulbing and for the plants to form full, mature bulbs. If you have the wrong day-length variety […]
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Selecting the Best Seeds for California Gardens
Selecting the Best Seeds for California Gardens
by Darren Butler with Ann Clary What to do after putting away holiday decorations? For avid California gardeners, January is the time for planning your winter or spring garden and ordering seeds. Seed availability and turnaround time for orders is usually best early in the year, in January through early February, before the national seed-ordering […]
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