Orchard Paradise

Orchard Paradise Orchard. It’s one of the most evocative words in our lexicon. Is there any word more romantic, more rich with memories and expectations? Moreover, there is something about actu...

Los Angeles Fruit Grows Without Irrigation

“There is a large number of vineyards in the Valley, their total extent being between 2,000 and 3,000 acres. They are largely localized in the vicinity of Burbank and in the Sunland region, with smal...

Growing Blueberries in Los Angeles

“This morning my wife and I spent three hours harvesting over four quarts of blueberries. We pick every three days, enjoying them for breakfast, evening salads, and freezing.” I received this email l...

Growing Coffee in Los Angeles

Growing Coffee in Los Angeles Yes, it’s true. You can grow your own coffee beans in Los Angeles. Every now and then, I encounter a local coffee plant (Coffea arabica). Coffee plants need protection f...

Got Paradise? Grow Grapefruit and Coffee

When you look at a grapefruit, do you see paradise? The botanical name for a grapefruit tree is Citrus x paradisii. The x which separates the genus (Citrus) and species (paradisii) in any botanical n...

Citrus Colors

Did you ever wonder why limes are green and every other type of citrus fruit is either orange or yellow?  The reason for this, I recently learned, is that limes (and lime trees) are the most cold sen...

Yucca, Tangerine, and Hellebore

  What do a yucca tree, a tangerine tree, and a hellebore have in common?  Not much, really, except that, if you live in the San Fernando Valley, you can grow all three of them in your own backy...

Primrose Jasmine, Thickets, Cherimoyas

The more I learn about primrose jasmine, the more I like it.  This time of year, it’s nice to look at, too.  Long shoots are bedazzled with butter yellow blooms.  Primrose jasmine will cover a ...

The Avocado is a Shy Fruit

The first time you taste an avocado, it does nothing for you.  You really do not know what to make of it.  It’s not sweet or tart.  It’s more gooey than creamy.  There may even be somethi...