Alameda Backyard Growers

Holly Johnson -- Jetsetter Hybrid Tomatoes still heavy with fruit at the end of October.

The Island City Fall Garden To-Do and Ta-Da Lists

Nov 08,2023

The lovely fall weather in the Bay Area diminishes any sense of urgency about preparing Alameda’s home gardens for the winter and following spring. However it’s a great time to celebrate successes and set the stage for even more next year.

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Marla Koss -- A Pineapple Guava tree in bloom.

In Alameda, It’s Always Tree-Planting Time

Jun 09,2023

June is here and winter’s endless string of storms are finally in the rear-view mirror. And as easily distracted by this year’s greenery explosion as we are, one could be forgiven for banishing thoughts of drought.

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Birgitt Evans -- Project Pick volunteers after harvesting a tree.

Tips for Enjoying and Sharing Alameda’s Citrus Bounty

Apr 14,2023

No one in Alameda should have to buy lemons in the winter. The bayside climate agrees with our most commonly found varieties of lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and mandarins. Today’s residents are the lucky heirs to a rich agricultural history wherein Alameda’s founders planted orchards and farms.

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Photos courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture -- Waxy exudate left by Asian citrus psyllid nymphs.

Help Wipe Out Citrus Disease

Feb 08,2023

Alameda’s front and back yards contain many citrus trees. Selected lemon and mandarin orange varieties are particularly common here. Citrus trees are easy to care for, but they can be prone to insect damage on the leaves from aphids, leafminers, and thrips, which can all be managed.

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Kristen Smeal -- Fourth graders Victor Kemp and William Markus saving fava beans at St. Philip Neri Garden.

School Gardens Bridge the Gap Between School and Community

Nov 23,2022

During World War I, school gardens materialized as an effort to utilize idle land on urban and suburban school properties. Food was grown at schools for local community food security, to increase nutritional awareness, and to increase youth civic engagement.

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Marla Koss -- This Belle de Boskoop apple tree on Alameda Point mysteriously sets big crops every year, despite it’s supposed need for 800 to 1,000 winter chill hours (Alameda’s annual average is 500 chill hours).

The Importance of Winter Chill in the Alameda Garden

Oct 12,2022

Winter chill: As mild as winters can be alongside the bay — perfect for subtropicals that grow so successfully here, e.g., Feijoas, Persimmons, Figs and Citrus — locals still love to grow trees, shrubs, and bulbs that need winter chill in order to perform.

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