Fruit

Apricot – Royal Blenheim

The Royal Blenheim is the best apricot in the world. All-purpose freestone. Sweet, aromatic, flavorful – the long-time No. 1 apricot in California. Early bloom. Chilling requirement 400 hours or less (under 45 degerees), which is fine for Sunnyvale. Blenheims typically have their first blossoms in the 3rd week of February. One hundred and twenty days later, their harvest comes …

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Berries

Sunnyvale is in USDA climate zone 8/9 and can grow most types of berries Most berries produce their harvest in June-July. Blue-berries require acidic soil. They have shallow roots that should not be disturbed. Black berries come in 2 types: cane and … Raspberries  

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Citrus

Sunnyvale is in USDA climate zone 8/9 and can grow most types of citrus Citrus trees are long-lived. I have a grapefruit tree that is 40 years old and produces a lot of fruit. Citrus trees can grow in small patches of groundsoil (2×3 feet) or in containers. If you are using a container or a small area, my recommendation …

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Gardening for Bahl Patio Homes

From the 1960s through the 1980s the Bahl family built over 400 homes in the South Bay. The average lot was 50×100. The homes used a zero-lot-line design where your bedroom wall was your neighbor’s sidewall. The key design feature was indoor/outdoor transition: the homes often had 50% of the exterior walls as glass. There was an interior courtyard; often …

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