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Gardening Guide

San Diego County’s Mediterranean climate is characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters, making it an ideal place to garden. Home food gardens are present in many residential backyards. Gardening in San Diego can be successful with the correct tools and conservation tips in mind!

Home gardening is a great way to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in your backyard. A simple raised plant bed, flower pots or the ground can all be used to create a successful garden, while utilizing a relatively small amount of space. Determining the soil type can help with making sound management decisions such as how much and when to irrigate or apply nutrients. Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) for irrigation and nutrient management will save money while protecting the environment. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can help keep the garden healthy and ward off pesky pests. Composting can add beneficial nutrients and organisms to your garden, helping you grow healthy, delicious food for your family.

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