Pruning low branches has two benefits. First, it helps prevent disease and garden pests moving from the soil to the plant. Second, it encourages the upper parts of the tomato plant to spread and produce more.
Spring has certainly sprung here in Chico, California. The peaches were in bloom when this photo was taken, and now the leaves are pushing out. I see signs of leaf curl - the red puckered spots on the leaves.
We planted several bare-root fruit trees this winter, and have been monitoring their progress this spring. Looking for swelling buds and new leaves is the main exercise in monitoring them. Paying attention to the base of the tree (below the graft union) is important too.
Broadfork Season is upon us! Working up new ground for a garden with our broadfork is a pleasant way to spend some time outdoors while listening to the birds. We had a chance to get out the broadfork to work up some soil in our trial garden.
In anticipation of our first real autumn rains, we determined it was time to plant our bare-root onion plants. The bed was prepared with the broadfork to loosen the soil, and a wheel hoe with the cultivator attachment to make a nice, open bed.