Gardening Archive

Rooting Cuttings (Asexual Reproduction)

I received a question on my YouTube channel recently wanting to know if it was possible to root the rose cuttings resulting from winter rose pruning. The simple answer is yes, but keep in mind commercially available roses are grafted to root-stock material and many plants are patented

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 …

Winter Garden Update

Tomorrow I will be picking fresh broccoli  from the winter garden!     The turnips are in full production as well as the radishes!                              

Winter Vegetable Garden

This year I built a frame out of PVC frame to cover the ‘Square Foot’ garden beds.  It is a simply frame made out of 3/4 inch PVC pipe.  I purchased a roll of 100 foot by 12 foot 14 mil clear plastic from Home Depot as the cover.  I only needed 25 feet but I have plenty for future years. I haven’t tried to …

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 …

Spring Peony

The Peony have started to bloom on the Farm and several are blooming for the first time this year.  Planting Peony from root cuttings in the Fall can result in a two to three year wait before you start to get flowers.  The first two years the plant has mainly vegetative growth.  Vegetative growth means the plant produces only green stems and leaves with, but no flowers. …

Winter Pruning Season

It’s the middle of winter in California and that means its pruning season.  Recently I pruned my berry arbor.  Many people who have cane berries, Blackberry, Boysenberry or Raspberry tend to let the berries get away from them as far as pruning goes.  As a result, the berry patch tends to get to be a bramble mess.  In the picture at the left, brown canes …

Are Late Season Bulbs Purchases Worthwhile?

There are two times a year to purchase bulbs, tubers or rhizomes, fall and winter.  Some spring blooming bulbs are purchased and planted in the fall and other spring blooming bulbs are planted in the late winter for spring and summer blooms in Southern California. Typically the bulbs planted in the fall are cold hardy bulbs such as tulips, daffodil and hyacinth native to colder …

Chilling Hours: Fruit Tree Requirements

It’s the middle of January and you are thinking of buying a fruit tree.  You head off to the nursery  and when you get there, there are a couple of variety’s of each fruit tree or maybe only one variety  you can buy. You look at the nursery labels and the chilling requirements are listed.  What are chilling requirements, you ask?  Well different types and varieties of fruit trees …

Snow for the first time in 2014!

After several years of minimal rainfall at CALF, California Lifestyle Farm, the beginning of the 2014-15 rain period is looking promising!  Most of the rainfall occurs between Oct and April in Southern California.  So far this rainy season we have accumulated 6.74 inches compared to  the 2013-14 rain season total for the same period of 1.72 inches. Last night we accumulated about 5 inches of snow.  This …