Fred Hoffman

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

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


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...

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 ...

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 ...

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