How to Tell if Citrus is Ripe

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Unlike some fruits, citrus does not continue to ripen after being harvested. Here are three tips to help determine if your citrus is ready to be picked. Taste test – This is considered the best test. Pick a piece of fruit from two different parts of the tree. Cut them open and sample the fruit. 

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What’s eating my Bougainvillea?

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Bougainvilleas are fairly hardy ornamental plants that do very well in climates such as the Coachella Valley.  Even though Bougainvilleas are resistant to many bugs, some insects still find this plant very attractive. Pests and Damage Aphids – feeds off tender new leaves.  Its secretion can attract ants and promotes mold gowth Spider mites –

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Tip: How to lighten those heavy pots

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No need to strain your back lifting those heavy pots.  Try filling the bottom third of the pot with foam packing peanuts.  On top of the packing peanuts, put a layer of landscape fabric. Then, add lightweight potting mix that has lots of vermiculite and peat moss.  You will be surprised how much lighter

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How to Start a Garden

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Wondering how to start a garden?  No problem.  Here are a few simple steps to get you started.   Place your garden somewhere that you can see it regularly. Out of site, out of mind. Just like in real estate, it is all about location. Follow the sun – Make sure you know how much

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Tip: What Flowers grow best in the Coachella Valley

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It is recommended to plant twice a year in the desert - Spring and Fall.  Spring comes early in the desert.  Marigolds are easy to grow and  thrives in arid climates. It has a fragrant ferny green foliage and brings colors such as gold, copper, and brass into your garden. It will bloom brightly throughout

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Tip: Protect your bulbs

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Critters love to take pleasure in finding, digging, and nibbling on bulbs.  To protect your bulbs this year, cover them up by staking down chicken wire over the bed. Once early Spring arrives, remove the mesh or let the flowers grow through the holes.  

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Tip: Transporting your plants home

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No need to strain your back lifting those heavy pots.  Try filling the bottom third of the pot with foam packing peanuts.  On top of the packing peanuts, put a layer of landscape fabric. Then, add lightweight potting mix that has lots of vermiculite and peat moss. You will be surprised how much lighter

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