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5 garden tips for this week, Nov. 18-24

By in Press Enterprise on November 18, 2017

By Jack Christensen

Looking for something to do in the garden? Here are five things to get you started:

1. Citrus tree care

Citrus trees need continuous soil moisture as the fruits ripen, so be careful to continue irrigating them as necessary. And if you haven’t done so yet, give your trees a proper dose of “Grow More Citrus Grower Blend” or “Tru-Green Citrus Growers Mix,” available at many garden centers and home improvement stores. It will dramatically increase the sweetness of your fruit.

2. Prepare for winds

We often get some very windy days around Thanksgiving here in Southern California. If you haven’t already done so and your trees have dense growth, you would be wise now to prune off some of the branches now, so the wind can pass through instead of breaking them off.

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3. Winter harvest

Winter vegetables planted in August and September are ready to start harvesting, just in time for the Thanksgiving feast. You could be getting peas, cabbage, broccoli, beets, radishes and more by now. Or you could go ahead and plant now for harvesting in about two months. Plant winter vegetables until late January or possibly early February. After that, plant summer veggies.

4. Time to transplant

It’s getting cool enough now that you can safely transplant bushes and trees to better spots in your yard. Perhaps some simply aren’t growing very well where they are, […]    

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