The culprit I found crawling on my container gardening veggie plants was none other than the infamous spider mite! Spider mites are insidious little critters that suck plant juices and cause plant leaves to turn yellow and wilt. Because they are microscopic, it’s easy to think your plants may just need fertilizer at first. This […] Finish reading: Container Gardening Post #3
Not long after planting vegetables, herbs and melons into my CedarCraft elevated garden planter and eclectic assortment of other containers, the weather turned cool. The plants seemed to be suspended in time, not growing at all. I peered at the plants everyday, and one day noticed that many of the leaves on food plants had […] Finish reading: Container Gardening Post #2
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
I was very happy to have my friends Javier and Jill-Marie in attendance with me at a Bugs and Beer event. Javier was an experienced bug eater (he’d tried them in Cambodia), and although Jill-Marie had no intention of eating bugs, she would drink the beer I couldn’t finish and be there for moral support. […] Finish reading: Bugs & Beer: Entomophagy Part II
Most people I tell about my bug-eating experience react with disgust. However, believe it or not, entomophagy, (the human consumption of insects* and arachnids) is practiced by over 80% of the world. EIGHTY PERCENT! Why Bugs and Beer? The advertisement for this event intrigued me. I’d collected bugs for over two decades and taught classes […] Finish reading: Bugs & Beer: Entomophagy Part I
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
Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes At Thanksgiving you may call the creamy orange potatoes topped with marshmallows “yams” but they are actually sweet potatoes. Yams are a totally different vegetable that are actually roots, while sweet potatoes are stems. Sweet potatoes can have yellow, red, white orange or even purple flesh. Sweet potatoes are easy to grow, […] Finish reading: Sweet Potatoes-Not Yams!
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?
Rosenda M. from Grayson, CA writes: Anne, I have a question for you. I planted onions and now I have to harvest them. I don’t know how. Do I wait until the green stems brown? When do I stop watering the onions? Hopefully you can help me out on this? Hi Rosenda, thanks for your […] Finish reading: When Should I Harvest Onions?