Plant Science

Tomato Deterrent with Chiles: FAILED

Some creature is eating my tomatoes between sunset and 7 AM. It could be an early bird squirrel but I don’t think so. That leaves raccoons and rats. Recently I read about an organic deterrent so I gave it a try. Mice and rats seem to avoid chiles. I mixed ground habanero chile peppers, vinegar, water, oil, and soap. I ... Read More »

Cherry Bark Lenticels

Cherry trees can be distinguished from other species by their bark. Young trees and the younger branches on mature trees are clad in shiny smooth gray or brown bark that resembles satin. This bark is marked with scattered horizontal openings called lenticels, which are pores that facilitate a direct exchange of gases between the interior of the tree and the ... Read More »

Root-Bound

In our Sunnyvale garden, half of the trees are in pots. We simply do not have the ground space for more trees. In the 100 foot by 2 foot side-strip we have gingko, tangerine, grapefruit, feijoa, pomegranate, apricot, orange, and lemon. In the former swimming pool is a large cherry tree. In the former hot tub is another apricot tree. ... Read More »

Sun and Water

A major challenge for gardening in a Bahl Patio home is sunlight. Your south-facing walls may get 14 hours of sunlight during the summer. Your north-facing walls may only get 6 hours. The narrow sideyard walls may only get a few hours of direct sunlight. Use your south facing walls for plants and crops that crave sunlight: such as tomatoes ... Read More »

Drip Irrigation

It is possible to water most of your Sunnyvale garden using drip irrigation. Our Bahl patio home has 3 external faucets: One in the front yard, one in the courtyard, and one in the backyard. We installed Y-connectors on the 3 faucets: We connect a hose to one connector and a drip timer to the other. Read More »

Fertilizers and Soil Amendments

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Pest and Disease Control

Pests and diseases can decimate your harvests and detract from the beauty, sollicitudin volutpat at libero litora, non adipiscing. Nulla nunc porta lorem, nascetur pede massa mauris lectus lectus, in magnis, praesent turpis. Ut wisi luctus ullamcorper. Et ullamcorper sollicitudin elit odio consequat mauris, wisi velit tortor semper vel feugiat dui, ultricies lacus. Congue mattis luctus, quam orci mi semper ... Read More »