Winter Garden 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 …

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 …

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 …