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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: 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.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on January 27th, 2014 at 01:43 pm

    Injured myself and was unable to garden until this month. Lots of cleanup to do and the fall/winter harvest was didn't happen. Just now cleaning up boxes, trimming grape vines severely, and planting broccoli, peas and onions. Finally put up greenhouse. It's been a very dry and warm winter. The plants are confused.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on September 7th, 2013 at 06:46 am

    When we used a greenhouse last, because of the low light, artificial lights were used, along with a small space heater at night.

    While the plants did well, the electrical costs made the price of the crop too high.

    This time we will have plenty of light, and we're going to try to store heat during the day to help keep the plants warmer at night.

    More soon.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on September 4th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    We'd used a greenhouse a couple of years ago to grow tomatoes & cucumbers during the winter. It wasn't in a very sunny area because it was stuck between two buildings. We're going to try again by putting it on our backyard driveway area which gets southern sun all winter. More to come later. We are using a Springhouse 6x6x6ft clear, manufactured by Flowerhouse.

  • Posted by: Mapletree Gardens on June 26th, 2013 at 09:16 am

    I'm giving up on our cantaloupes. Planted them in SFG boxes in the front yard & grew them up on trellises. Plenty of bees for pollination but all I got was a massive crop of aphids and one fruit. Planted 16 plants and have no luck with any of them. This is my last attempt at melons. I've pulled them out and will replant tomatoes, squash and pole beans.

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