Fred Hoffman

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

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Pruning Tomatoes: Don’t You Have Anything Better To Do?

Apr 17, 2015
Pruning Tomatoes: Don’t You Have Anything Better To Do?





Once again, two tomato care questions have reappeared here: "Should I prune off  (snip off, pinch out) the first tomato flowers that appear, in order to get more tomatoes later?" And, "Do I need to prune my tomato plants?"

Those early tomato flowers, especially if the...

Foliar Feeding: The Pros and Cons

Mar 31, 2015
Foliar Feeding: The Pros and Cons

  You know how it is: you hear something enough, you believe it's true. Look on the side of any box of water soluble fertilizer, or any organic gardening guide, and there will be instructions on foliar feeding: spraying a water soluble fertilizer onto the leaves of a plant,...

Happy New Year, Mr. Freeze!

Dec 30, 2014
Happy New Year, Mr. Freeze!

It took awhile, but several hours of continuous freezing temperatures are finally coming to Sacramento's 2014-2015 wintertime experience...on New Year's morning. The National Weather Service is forecasting a freeze watch for a wide swath of Northern California from New Year's Eve through January 2. Their prediction includes temperatures falling into the...

Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

Dec 11, 2014
Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

 50+ mph winds, several inches of rain over a few hours: that's the recipe for a typical winter storm in much of California...today, for example.   TV news crews rush to the most photogenic damage during these rare occasions: downed tr...

Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

Dec 11, 2014
Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

 50+ mph winds, several inches of rain over a few hours: that's the recipe for a typical winter storm in much of California...today, for example.   TV news crews rush to the most photogenic damage during these rare occasions: downed tr...

How Much Cold Can Your Citrus Trees Handle?

Nov 12, 2014
How Much Cold Can Your Citrus Trees Handle?

We are entering the shivering season for the Central Valley, Bay Area and low foothills. Late November through mid-February is the most critical time here for protecting frost-susceptible plants.Frost Cloths Protecting Lemons, Mandarins, OrangesThis is...

How Much Cold Can Your Citrus Trees Handle?

Nov 12, 2014
How Much Cold Can Your Citrus Trees Handle?

We are entering the shivering season for the Central Valley, Bay Area and low foothills. Late November through mid-February is the most critical time here for protecting frost-susceptible plants.Frost Cloths Protecting Lemons, Mandarins, OrangesThis is...

Every Season is Ant Season

Sep 1, 2014
Every Season is Ant Season

When it gets hot, the ants start marching indoors. When it rains, in come the ants. Too cold? The ants know where its nice and cozy: your kitchen, bathroom and pet food bowls. Outdoors, the pet food bowls and garbage cans are also ant attractants. Argentine ants, those busy little black ants,...

Every Season is Ant Season

Sep 1, 2014
Every Season is Ant Season

When it gets hot, the ants start marching indoors. When it rains, in come the ants. Too cold? The ants know where its nice and cozy: your kitchen, bathroom and pet food bowls. Outdoors, the pet food bowls and garbage cans are also ant attractants. Argentine ants, those busy little black ants,...

Oak Galls, Bouncy Offspring Return in 2014

Aug 18, 2014
Oak Galls, Bouncy Offspring Return in 2014


Dear Farmer Fred,

"Can you identify the pink and little brown balls growing now on our oak tree? I don't remember seeing these before.
Is it some kind of parasite? If so, what should we do? Thank you. We enjoy your weekly show very much." Margaret of...

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