Bay Area Citrus in Great Danger
Peppers Leafing Out After Winter

I'm Still in the Chronicle Once a Month

If you are a reader of my column in the SF Chronicle, you will have noticed that it has not been running on the first Sunday of each month. Since the start of the year, in some months it has been postponed until the second Sunday. They hope to return to more predicatability. I hope for it as well.

I have curtailed material on one-day gardening events, in fear that the event will be over before the column appears, but am still writing timely gardening tips, book reviews, and Q&A segments that will appear in the Chronicle once a month. This month I am told that the column will appear on May 8th.

At the end of this week, I will be posting more information here on the battle I just won with some burrowing, plant-eating animal--a gopher or a rat. It was during this battle that I discovered the new solution for protecting plant roots I described in the upcoming column.

Also, later this week, I will post photos of my overwintered Capsicum baccatum pepper plants. They are leafing out pretty well, but I have put in new plants as backup and for comparison. I will compare crop size and earliness this fall and see if it was worth it to overwinter the plants. In the meantime, see the post on Peridot peppers and be aware that Annie's Annuals has Peridot Pepper plants this spring in case you want to try them.

Happy Gardening!


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