Plants Archive

New Blackberry Arbor Completed!

I planted a second row blackberries last spring and I started  installing a new arbor.  This arbor will be built with two inch metal posts and stainless steal cables as supports.  The posts were cemented last weekend and will be ready for cable installations this weekend.                 Three holes were drilled in each post and eye bolts were …

Monarch Waystation

Monarch Butterflies and Native pollinators have been in the news  quit a bit this past year.  Besides keeping honey bees and Blue Orchard Bees, this spring I plan to create a Monarch Way Station.   I have several plants which attract butterflies in in my yard such as Buddleja and Passion flowers, but this spring I will devote an estimated 500 square feet of space to …

Orchard

We have a half acre fruit orchard with over thirty fruit trees.  The trees were selected and planted to provide fruit from May through December.  The age of the trees vary as trees have been plant over the twelve years we have lived on the property.  Some trees have been been poor choices due to climate, but others have thrived.  We eat most of the fruit …

The Summer Harvest Continues

The summer harvest is in full swing with cucumbers, tomato and peppers continuing to ripen on a daily basis.   This years summer garden was an experiment. If you have ever driven by a strawberry field in southern California you always see black plastic covering acres of soil. Strawberry growing fields are usually fumigated with Methyl Bromide before the strawberries are planted.  Fumigation is used …