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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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What To Do in March: 10 Tasks for Southern California Gardeners
What To Do in March: 10 Tasks for Southern California Gardeners
by C. Darren Butler with Ann Clary March is typically one of the busiest months in the Southern California garden. Regardless of whether you live in one of Southern California’s inland valleys or along the coast, here are 10 items that should be on your gardening to-do list this month: Cut back or replace diseased, […]
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New Year’s Resolution: Water Plants and Trees Deeply
New Year’s Resolution: Water Plants and Trees Deeply
New Year’s Gardening Resolution 3: Water Plants and Trees Deeply. “How often and how much do plants and trees need to be watered?” is both one of the simplest and most-complex questions for gardeners. The simple answer is that most plants should be watered to the entire depth of their roots, then not watered again until […]
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When Are My Pomegranates Ripe?: Harvest Tips for Home-Grown Pomegranates
When Are My Pomegranates Ripe?: Harvest Tips for Home-Grown Pomegranates
by Ann Clary and C. Darren Butler GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Are you eyeing your fruit-laden pomegranate tree wondering when to harvest? Lucky you – that is, if you know how to time harvest when pomegranates are ripe but before critters get them! As pomegranates approach ripeness, consider […]
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Bougainvillea: An Ideal Plant For Hot Mediterranean Areas
Bougainvillea: An Ideal Plant For Hot Mediterranean Areas
Picture a large, magenta bougainvillea draping over the red tile roof of a Spanish style home on a cloudless, sunny day—the essence of Southern California. But it might surprise many to know that bougainvillea is native not to California or even North America, but to South America, specifically Brazil to Peru and a portion of […]
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November Gardening Tasks for Southern California’s Coastal Areas
November Gardening Tasks for Southern California’s Coastal Areas
November is an ideal month for starting most cool season vegetable and herb plants. Here is our list of tasks: Start most cool-season annual vegetable-and-herb seeds for fall-and-winter harvest indoors or directly outdoors, and transplant starts outdoors; experienced gardeners growing appropriate varieties may succeed with a variety of cool-season crops and warm-season crops year-round in […]
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November Gardening Tasks for Southern California’s Inland Valleys
November Gardening Tasks for Southern California’s Inland Valleys
November is an ideal month for starting most cool season vegetable and herb plants. Here is our list of tasks: Start most cool-season annual vegetable-and-herb seeds for fall-and-winter harvest indoors or directly outdoors, and transplant starts outdoors; experienced gardeners growing appropriate varieties may succeed with some warm-season crops over winter in your zone such as […]
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