As the days shorten and the stress of the sun lessens, we’re in a prime window for planting perennial evergreen species that can provide your household with edible abundance. That window stays open from early October until the third or fourth day of our first big storm, when the soil will start to be too saturated for planting. Put these items in the ground now, and then you can “turn them loose,” sit back, and enjoy harvests year after year.
Subtropical perennials that do well in the East Bay include olives, pomegranates, citrus (lemon, lime, kumquat, Satsuma mandarins), currants, loquat, avocado, and lots more.
Dig an Oversized Hole for Planting
Most of the East Bay has clay-rich soils that need conditioning. While sheet mulching can help break up and enhance clay over time, digging oversized holes for planting will help right away.
Generally, holes should be dug to three times the width and two-to-three times the depth of the pot the plant comes in. Thus, a one-gallon plant needs a hole dug to the size of a five-gallon pot. (If you live in one of the few places, like Alameda, blessed with sandy loam, this caveat may not apply.)
Root Crown Height Placement
The most important part of a young plant is the interface between earth and sky, which is known as the root crown.… Read More