November 11, 2001 |
Question: I rent a house that has many fruit trees in the backyard. During the last fruit-picking season, I had a problem with my landlord, as well as her family, coming into my yard at all hours of the day and night to pick the fruit. When I moved in, it was agreed that I would care for the trees in exchange for a share of the fruit. I don't mind sharing, but I do mind that they didn't ask permission or notify me before coming onto the property to pick the fruit.
HOME & GARDEN
June 12, 1999 |
How much fruit a tree will bear is, in part, based on how the branches grow. And you can help with the bounty. Branches pointed skyward generally are most vigorous, with long new shoots growing especially from their topmost buds. At the other extreme are branches oriented horizontally. These generally are weaker and tend to produce fruit buds rather than vigorous shoots. Bending and tying branches are good ways to balance shoot growth and fruiting, especially in apple and pear trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996
A serene 10-acre retreat, set down like a paradox in the middle of Encino in a well-to-do-neighborhood. The grounds are lush with oaks and pines, roses and birds of paradise, fruit trees and isolated garden paths and duck pond.
HOME & GARDEN
November 16, 2006 |
SUNNY YEUNG, team manager for the undefeated Blue Blazers under-8 soccer squad, was handing out shiny, mahogany red treats during pregame warmups. "Have a date, Coach," she said to me. "They're from my tree." "These are jujubes," I said, recognizing the golf-ball-sized fruits from one of my favorite patio plants. "Dates grow on palm trees, not tree trees." "They're not dates?" she asked incredulously. "Then why do all the markets call them dates?" Why, indeed. Perhaps it's all in the name.
June 7, 2013 |
A couple of years ago, when Steve Jobs appeared before the Cupertino, Calif., City Council to discuss Apple's proposed new campus, he mentioned that the company had even hired a "senior arborist" from Stanford . Since then, the identity of that arborist has remained a mystery. But no more. Meet Dave Muffly, Apple's arborist and tree whisperer. Muffly is a well-known figure in the Silicon Valley tree community. Several folks I contacted were surprised that his identity had remained a secret for so long.
March 10, 2011 |
Sometimes, the peach on a backyard tree is just a peach, a sweet, home-grown bonus. In certain circles of Altadena, though, that peach is a gateway fruit. One tree becomes three, which becomes an orchard. The quest for organic fertilizer leads to a flock of chickens, which beget a garden. Before you know it, there's a herd of goats out front, heritage turkeys in back, a beehive, a rabbit hutch and a guard llama. This isn't just growing your own, a few clay pots on a condo balcony, say, or a tomato patch next to the rose bed. It's full-on urban homesteading, people raising fruit, produce and livestock in the city, and nowhere in Southern California has it taken off like in Altadena.
January 20, 2000 |
Things to do this week: Plant bare root vegetables. Roots of artichoke, asparagus and rhubarb are at nurseries this month, and it's an inexpensive way to plant them. You'll also find transplants of many winter vegetables, such as broccoli and lettuce, plus bulbs of garlic, onion and shallots. This is not a good month to sow seed in the garden because the chilly nights make germination difficult. Spray fruit trees again. Spray deciduous fruit trees--peaches in particular--for the second time this winter.