What is Powdery Mildew? Powdery mildew is a white, powdery-like fungus that sometimes resembles bird droppings. The fungus is composed of tiny white spores that you can see with an eye loupe or a microscope. This unsightly fungus seldom kills plants, but can weaken them and leave them open to new infection by other diseases or by […] Finish reading: Powdery Mildew
Apricot trees are the one deciduous* fruit tree that should not be pruned during winter after leaves drop. Apricot trees pruned in winter are susceptible to a disease called Eutypa dieback. The fungus enters the pruning wounds and infects the tree. The symptoms of Eutypa show up in late spring or summer. Trees ooze sap […] Finish reading: Apricot Tree PruningEutypa Dieback
Forestiere Underground Gardens is a hidden garden gem located in Fresno, California. It was created over 100 years ago by Baldassare Forestiere, a citrus farmer from Italy. When Forestiere discovered he would not inherit land from his family, he immigrated to the east coast of the U.S. to make his own way. To earn enough […] Finish reading: Discover Forestiere’s Underground GardensHidden Garden Gem
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat healthier in 2016, and I think adding more persimmons to my diet is a great first step. I think a lot of people have made the pledge to be healthy, but it’s important to REPLACE unhealthy foods with healthy ones. So, this year I’m replacing eating […] Finish reading: Drying PersimmonsDIY
After eating a delicious piece of fruit, have you ever planted the seed? Did the seed you planted make the same fruit? The answer to the second question is most likely, “No.” What probably happened to your seed is that it grew a tree that a) never made fruit or b) took over 10 years […] Finish reading: Why Fruit Tree Seeds Don’t Reproduce Themselves
If you live in USDA zones 8 and higher, you may be one of those lucky people who has a citrus tree in the landscape. (USDA zone 7 gardeners can also grow citrus but need to take more precautions during winter to protect their trees). Citrus trees do best with protection from cold air and […] Finish reading: How to Harvest and Store Citrus
Winter is a great time to plant bare root fruit trees and roses. This is the most inexpensive time to acquire all the trees and roses that you’ve been dreaming about. Just remember, for every plant you want you will need to dig a hole. It’s a good idea to prepare your garden ahead of […] Finish reading: It’s Time to Plant Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees!
Some years ago on a beautiful fall day, I found myself without a lunch while volunteering in the University of California at Davis Children’s Garden. Annoyed that I had forgotten my food, I was loathe to leave the garden to bike all the way back to my apartment to get it. What I really needed […] Finish reading: Persimmons: Squishy vs. CrunchyHachiya vs Fuyu
Kirk W. of San Jose, CA asks: Why are my strawberries shaped so oddly? I have them in a new hanging planter on a second floor apartment and water them correctly. What do you think is going on? Thanks for your question Kirk! Your strawberries are suffering from “catfacing” which basically means they look unattractive. […] Finish reading: What’s Wrong with my Strawberries?