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Garlic Harvest and Cure

Mature Garlic Bulb

  Unlike other varieties in the Allium genus, garlic doesn't bulge from the ground when it is ready for harvest. Instead we give garlic time and watch for changes in the leaves.         Last fall, late in the season, I...

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM

The June Drop (In July)

Late June Drop of Gravenstein Apples.

If you have fruit trees you are probably now getting a little tired of raking up fallen fruits which are the result of a natural occurrence known as the “June Drop”. This year the phenomenon is extending well into July, to the point that...

Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11:32 AM

Butterfly Garden Tips

Large patches of the same flower are best.

National Pollinator Week is June 18 to 24,, 2018. What better way to celebrate and support the importance of pollinators than to plant a pollinator garden?   Even a few plants can help support pollinators such as butterflies, beetles, and...

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Black Soldier Flies: Mostly Beneficial

Black Soldier Fly  Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

Two years ago, overwhelmed by carpets of wormy, windfall apples I resorted to tossing them into a large plastic stock tank that had numerous holes in its sides, remnants of its original purpose - a crawdad washing device. However, after a couple of...

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:31 AM

A Wild Rambler

'Dr. Huey' Rambler Rose

It's rose season in the Owens Valley. Every yard in my neighborhood is full of blooms. Among all the cheery white, pink, yellow and red blossoms atop nice straight stems you can often find our most common cultivar of rose, 'Dr. Huey,' arching its long,...

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2:08 PM

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