Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2013
Regional Report


Backyard Farming
The Edible Landscape by Emily Tepe ( Voyageur Press, 2013, $24.95) is a guide to incorporating edibles into the established landscape. The fresh food movement can be both beautiful and functional. Gardeners no longer have to sacrifice color for nutrition. Ideas and plans for interesting plant combinations, planting beds, and containers show how to transform the traditional back yard into a mini-farm that looks attractive and produces a tasty harvest.

Clever Gardening Technique

Hand Pollination
If there are not many pollinators out when your fruits and vegetables are blooming, simply lend a hand by hand pollinating. All you need is a soft paint brush, the type used for water color painting. Dip the tip of the brush onto the stamen of a flower in full bloom, then move the brush from one blossom to another. This mimics what an insect does when it is collecting pollen. This technique works especially well with citrus.

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