Fred Hoffman

Fred Hoffman Fred Hoffman writes the blog The Farmer Fred Rant.

Web Site: http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com/


Starting an Urban Farm? This Site Can Help.

Jul 4, 2014
Starting an Urban Farm? This Site Can Help.

As local food has gained popularity, more city folks are growing food in their own backyards. Now they have a new online resource to consult about urban farming. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched a ...

Early May Fruits, Vegetables at the Galt Flea Market

May 7, 2014
Early May Fruits, Vegetables at the Galt Flea Market

While the tires were being rotated (and getting a flat fixed) at the Les Schwab tire store in Galt (CA) in Sacramento County, I walked over to the Galt Flea Market, a Tuesday-Wednesday staple of the area. Some (such as the U.S. Attorney's Office) imply...

Some Vegetables Require Less Water than Others

Feb 28, 2014
Some Vegetables Require Less Water than Others

Some Vegetables Require Less Water than Others
a 2011 Interview with Jim Myers, Professor of Horticulture Oregon State University  

Gardeners who want to save water with wise irrigating techniques might consider an unusual approach: plant crops that don't require much water in the first place.  

"Some vegetables, such as beans, are adapted to...

Remember Rain? Remember the March Winds? Uh, Oh….

Feb 27, 2014
Remember Rain? Remember the March Winds? Uh, Oh….


 It's been awhile, but the rain and wind have returned to California, according to this weekend's forecast for Sacramento from the National Weather Service:
Here Comes Your 19th Nervous Breakdown


 Tonight A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a...

2014 Vegetable Planting Calendar

Jan 31, 2014
2014 Vegetable Planting Calendar


Farmer Fred’s 2014 Vegetable Planting Calendar for California's Central Valley, East Bay and Low Foothills






Click on the name of the vegetable for growing information.
For a printable version of this calendar, click here.
S: Plant from Seed   
S/P: Seed or Plants...

The Year-Round Bee Garden

Jan 18, 2014
The Year-Round Bee Garden

If you want a backyard garden producing fruits and vegetables, you want bees. Heck, you NEED bees, nature's most efficient sex surrogates. Bees (including the native bees such as solitary bees and bumblebees) as well as other pollinators such as moths,...

Gardening: What to Do After a Hard Freeze

Dec 7, 2013
Gardening: What to Do After a Hard Freeze

Sometimes a gardener feels as if they're in a heavyweight boxing match: Your Tender Plants vs. Mr. Freeze. Your citrus, succulents and perennials that may thrive in milder climates might be able to take a frosty punch or two here in the Sacramento/San ...

Is your garden ready? Hard freeze forecast for Dec. 4-7 in the Sacramento region

Dec 1, 2013
Is your garden ready? Hard freeze forecast for Dec. 4-7 in the Sacramento region


The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze watch for many areas of Northern California for Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 4-7.
Freeze Protection for Lemon Tree
Here is that warning, in its original ALL CAPS glory:
 ...HARD FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT...

Citrus, Frost and Mulch: Yes or No?

Nov 25, 2013
Citrus, Frost and Mulch: Yes or No?


I love mulch. That would be obvious to anyone who has ever talked gardening with me. Big piles, small piles, inches of mulch scattered everywhere. Love it!



 
The benefits of adding organic mulch (wood chips, shredded tree limbs, pine needles, compost, straw)...

Rain, wind…frost? How to proect your citrus trees

Nov 20, 2013
Rain, wind…frost? How to proect your citrus trees

Today, it was an inch of rain. Tomorrow, the rain clears out and it's supposed to blow to 40 mph in the Sacramento area. The next night...frost? The National Weather Service is predicting overnight lows Friday and Saturday to dip into the mid-30's. But...

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