Fred Hoffman

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

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


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...

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...

They’re Big, Loud and Hungry: The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

Aug 11, 2014
They’re Big, Loud and Hungry: The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

 While searching for the few remaining pluots in the garden last night, a familiar loud buzz zoomed by my ear. You may be hearing that same ferocious buzzing as you are picking the backyard tomatoes, figs, peaches, pluots, corn and berries these ...

They’re Big, Loud and Hungry: The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

Aug 11, 2014
They’re Big, Loud and Hungry: The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

 While searching for the few remaining pluots in the garden last night, a familiar loud buzz zoomed by my ear. You may be hearing that same ferocious buzzing as you are picking the backyard tomatoes, figs, peaches, pluots, corn and berries these ...

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