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Roasting Late Summer Heat Does a Number on Central Coast Blackberries
Posted 9/15/2017 - The savage heat of the past few weeks has really wreaked havoc on our blackberries.  Normally thought of as being fairly stalwart sorts of plants, relatively easy to grow with few disease and insect issues, blackberries seem to be revealing...

One of the Reasons I Write (and a Reason Why Maybe You Should Too!)
Posted 9/9/2017 - Perfectly formulated exposition on one of the advantages of writing.  Don't get me wrong, I like to write anyway, but I too have found myself with a much better understanding of a topic once I've gone through the process of writing about it....

Sphecid Wasp of the Genus Pemphedron in Raspberries
Posted 9/8/2017 - There have been some reports of a small black wasp (photos 1& 3 below) associated with hollowed out raspberry laterals and some lateral death this past summer.  What confounded us was actually getting a live sample, but we finally had a good one...

Big Bounce in Organic Berry Sales
Posted 9/6/2017 - This just out of Growing Produce magazine: http://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/organic-fruit-sales-surge-12/ "While berries as a whole have been on a strong upward trend for some time, organic growth continues to be at a faster pace than its...

Strawberries Make the Pages of the 'New Yorker'
Posted 8/18/2017 - I've had this forwarded to me a bunch of times over the past few days, and finally did have a chance to read the whole thing.  Although I trend more towards the meat and potatoes fare of the Wall Street Journal, it's always a pleasure to read...

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