What fruits and vegetables grow well in a mild climate?
I'm growing strawberries, tomatoes, lemons, limes and oranges in Burlingame Ca. Burlingame is a very mild climate. Would something else grow better? My plantings have not produced this year.
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Most tomato fruit problems are caused by irregular watering. Examples include 'Blossom End Rot' (dark patch at the base of the fruit, more common if the plant is grown in a grow bag), 'Blossom Drop' (flower bud falls off), 'Dry Set' (fruitlet growth stops when the fruit is the size of a match-head), and 'Fruit Splitting'.
The key is to give your tomatoes an even, regular amount of water at the base of the plant. Too much water too late tends to be the problem in most cases, especially with plants grown in pots and grow bags.
Other problems tend to be caused by too much direct sunlight. Tomatoes need high light intensity to grow well, but too much can cause blotches, scalds or spots on the developing fruit. 'Greenback' is a common problem caused by too much sunlight, leaving the ripe fruit with a hard green area on its ‘shoulder’. If this is a problem increase the potassium in the plants' feeding regime and use fleece or shading as a cover in the hottest part of the day. It may also help to use resistant varieties such as ‘Alicante’ or ‘Craigella’.
I will put an Hub together when I get the chance. Check direct sunlight and in terms of what I recommend growing Fruit Trees are ideal.
Most citrus is not harvested until as early as February in Sacramento. Oranges need the cold winter as to lemons and limes. Some fruit trees also need to be a certain age before they really start to produce.
Tomatoes are interesting plants. If you have heirlooms, they tend to blossom and fruit a bit later then other species such as Early Girls. This is also true of the smaller cherry and grape types of tomatoes.
You should be able to grow just about anything you want in Burlingame. Carrots, peas, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, beets, basil, etc. You may even get some of the cooler weather crops to grow during the summer. Try broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, etc.
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