Fred Hoffman

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

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Battling Tomato Hornworms

Jun 9, 2016
Battling Tomato Hornworms

Doug from Mather writes in:
"As a first time tomato grower, I have two plants in pots (Patio & Bush Better Boy), and four in the ground (Roma, Sun Gold, Lemon Boy, & Black Krim). Something was eating the young tomatoes in the pots. Upon closer inspection I found three juicy, green caterpillars...

Where’s The Rain Going To Go?

Dec 9, 2015
Where’s The Rain Going To Go?

 When rainstorms come pouring through California each winter, think about this: Where is all that water going when it lands in your backyard? Here are some tips to protect your house, pool cover and prized outdoor plants located in low lying areas:


• Enjoy the rain...from indoors. Do as little as possible in the garden during a...

Hard Freeze in the Forecast? Here’s What To Do, Before and After

Dec 5, 2015
Hard Freeze in the Forecast? Here’s What To Do, Before and After


Frost, Freeze, Hard Freeze: Yes, they are all words that can make you shiver. But for gardeners, the preparation level in the yard goes from not stepping on the lawn in the morning (grass blades can break under your weight, even during a light frost) to madly rushing around the premises to protect...

Saving the Tomatoes of Late Fall

Nov 27, 2015
Saving the Tomatoes of Late Fall

Kathy writes: "I have a ‘Better Boy’ that after a lull over the summer started producing again! It’s full of green tomatoes in various sizes. Since it looks like the temps are going to dip pretty low in the next few days, should I pick the larger ones and let them ripen inside? Enquiring minds...

Rain, Frost, Freeze? Welcome to Late November, Citrus Tree Owners!

Nov 23, 2015
Rain, Frost, Freeze? Welcome to Late November, Citrus Tree Owners!

Heading out for grandma's house for Thanksgiving Week? We are now officially 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-s...

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...

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