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Mapletree Gardens

Location:  Arcadia, CA

Day Job:  mapletreegardens.com, SFG Instruction

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard, Other, Parking lot

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chile Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Grapes, Green beans, Kale, Lavender, Lemons, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Oranges, Oregano, Peaches, Peas, Potatoes, Raspberries, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Apricots,Plums,Shallots. Also use "Square Foot Gardening"

Animals:  Cats

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  We've converted our property to growing fruits & vegetables to get value from our water use in a dry Southern California and to help our family, friends, and others with the cost of food in a declining economy. Also becoming certified to teach "Square Foot Gardening." Websites: mapletree-gardens.info & mapletreegardens.com


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  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on July 8th, 2014 at 03:50 pm

    What great use of space! Voted.

  • Posted by: My Place on July 8th, 2014 at 03:16 pm


  • Posted by: Dante on July 8th, 2014 at 01:22 pm

    Congratulations on being Farmer-of-the-Day!!

    Great job on the garden set-up. Am too is a fan of SFG. Also used to practice French Intensive Gardening. Or, to some it's called double digging.

  • Posted by: CraftMcGyver on July 8th, 2014 at 01:20 pm

    Congrats Farmer.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on March 3rd, 2014 at 04:48 pm

    Planted potatoes in 45 gallon smart pots. Also added more pictures.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on March 2nd, 2014 at 09:41 am

    Rain finally stopped after three days. The storms dropped a total of 4 inches on our garden. We really needed the rain, but it hasn't really impacted the drought. Depending on which data sheet you read, Arcadia's average annual rainfall is 17.9 to 22 inches each year. I'd say that in the last decade we have averaged 10 to 12 inches. In any case, we'd need one or two more big storms to even begin impacting the drought. We're still going to let the lawn go this year, rain or not.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on February 26th, 2014 at 09:46 am

    Last minute planting of lettuce & spinach today prior to our first decent rain of the year. We're still going to let the lawn die this year and slowly replace it with planters, berries, and a couple more fruit trees.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on February 21st, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Uploaded latest pictures of the driveway section complete with the greenhouse. It's too late and too warm for growing plants this year but will use for storage until fall/winter.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on February 3rd, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Received a little spritz of rain last night. Not even enough to water the plants still in nursery pots. The early sun this morning dried the pots right out.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on January 28th, 2014 at 02:14 pm

    Planting peas, broccoli, leaf lettuce, onions and potatoes to salvage the winter growing season. It has been so warm this winter that I'll probably put in some tomatoes for an early harvest. We have decided to let the front yard die and replace it with raised beds and walkways. The drought is bad and we do live in a desert, so lawns are not a good thing. Pictures to follow.

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