Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Growing Citrus
On Saturday, August 20, 2005, at 9 a.m., Lance Walheim will discuss new varieties of citrus, coastal garden recommendations, and summer/fall care at Rogers Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar 92625. For info, call (949) 640-5800 or (800) 647-2356, or go to: http://www.rogersgardens.com.

Clever Gardening Technique

Morning Harvesting
Harvest fruits and vegetables as early in the day as possible, especially if they are not to be eaten that day or will be refrigerated. Research at the University of California at Davis has found that the six hours before sunrise is the best time to harvest. As soon as the sun hits the fruits or vegetables, the pulp temperature begins to rise, and even shading them will not delay the temperature rise for long. For every decrease of five degrees in temperature when the fruit is picked, the shelf life will be extended for another three days. Tomatoes, in particular, develop more chilling injury -- that telltale graininess and mushiness -- when they are cooled after being harvested when thoroughly warm.

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