Gardening Know-How

Why You Should Grow Cool Season Vegetables

California’s Central Coast has a long growing season which allows us to divide our vegetable plantings into two time frames; warm season and cool season. Warm season crops are tender plants that would be killed off by frost like tomatoes,…

Create a Natural Bug Barrier

I get a lot of questions this time of year about dealing with bugs. They normally start out with, “Something is eating my lettuce, beans, strawberries, (insert your newly planted babies here).” And it’s frustrating. I know. Putting out a…

7 HANDy Rose Pruning Tips

It’s time here on the Central Coast to prune our roses. This year most haven’t even gone dormant and some are already leafing out. But they still need a good pruning if they are going to do well in the…

When the Garden Turns to Chaos

At some point every year I hit a couple of weeks where I just can’t seem to get time out in the garden. If I’m lucky, this doesn’t happen during a heatwave, but sometimes it does. And if I’m really…

$5 Hack Blasts Bugs off your Plants!

I was tasked with presenting a new product at our nursery¬† managers’ meeting a month ago and the product I presented was¬† the Bug Blaster 30 inch Spray Bar with Nozzle. You can follow the previous link where you can…

When Ladybugs Go Bad!

Growing up I was thrilled to get a visit in the garden from both the red and the yellow ladybugs. The red ladybugs were always the first to visit. They would arrive in early spring. The yellow ladybugs always came…

How to Help Your Plants Survive a Heat Wave

We are going through one of our typical mid-spring heatwaves where temperatures soar into the upper 90’s and plants struggle to stay hydrated. Rather than a gradual climb, it is normal for our temperatures to suddenly spike making it feel…

Why is there no fruit on my tree?

At the nursery we start getting a lot of question about fruit production, or the lack of, right about now. Either a tree is producing few fruits or no fruit at all. And it can be particularly perplexing when a…

Five Favorite Edibles to Grow

Every winter I pour over gardening catalogs making my selections for the coming year’s growing season. I love finding new and unusual fruits, vegetables and herbs to try. There are, however, some edibles that I simple can’t be without and…

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