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Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plants?

Postby lemmie » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:14 pm

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Hi all,
I joined the forum when searching for info on fruit trees that would thrive in my Bay Area, CA weather. The forums are an incredible source of info and I'm so glad I've found them.

Alameda is a somewhat urban island in the bay with nothing but sand for soil. My lot is tiny little patch, but I love it. When I moved into my home last year, I was excited to finally own land on which to garden. I started with a very nice persimmon tree, many succulents, and.... crabgrass. LOTS of crabgrass.

I would love to make my front yard more welcoming and productive with some rare fruits. So far, I've dug out and sheet mulched about 1/3 of the crabgrass and planted blueberries and a pomegranate tree(shrub). In the tinier backyard, I've been growing a dwarf meyer lemon and have started my 4x4 square foot garden.

From what I've read on the forums, I might have luck with white sapote or cherimoya, but can't find them anywhere. I started some cherimoya seedlings, but would prefer to have a tree in the nearer future. I would also love to get a feijoa, but can only find "coolidge" at the local nurseries. Should I buy it and try to find nicer scions later? Where does everyone acquire all these wonderful plants?

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby sanjosefool » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:02 pm

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Lemmie,

Eventually you'll find "Naemetz" (sp?) at Lowes and Home Depot, later in the year. At least they have them in the San Jose locations.

Rolling River Nursery has some other feijoa's as well. They are located upstate and ship.....

http://www.rollingrivernursery.com/inde ... &Itemid=26

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby lemmie » Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:59 am

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Thanks so much! I'll sit tight and be on the lookout for that variety.

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby RodneyS » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:23 pm

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Greetings Lemmie & welcome. Good luck with your future fruit orchard.

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby Brian » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:45 pm

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I probably could spare a White Sapote seedling at some point . . . should have extra rooted stuff at some point too.

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby lemmie » Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:47 am

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Thanks so much Brian! That is an extremely generous offer and I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciate it. :)

I am also looking into the Merritt college plant sale in Oakland on May 5&6. According to the list, I should be able to find everything I wanted plus more! only limited by my wallet, of course.
http://www.merrittlandhort.com/

Has anyone been? I hope the prices are reasonable and the demand not too crazy. I'm planning to go when they open on Saturday morning just in case!

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby Jason (palo alto) » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:29 am

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Oooh thanks for reminding me about the Merritt sale! Went last year and bought way too much. Prices are pretty low, $5 - $15 for most everything

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby Axel » Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:39 am

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Wow, now the Merrit web page is a seriously buggy web page, it freezes up my Chrome browser. Did anyone else notice this?
Tropical gardening in both Kaua'i windward Sunset H2/USDA 12b and Fallbrook Sunset 23/USDA 10b.

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby Jason (palo alto) » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:42 am

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Yeah, they embedded a really big JPG in the post so it may take a bit to load. Firefox had no trouble though.
Direct link to PDFs:
Perennial Veggies and Fruit
CA Natives, Mediterraneans, Ornamentals Spring 2012
Annual Vegetables Inventory Spring 2012

Re: Hello from a beginner in Alameda, CA & help finding plan

Postby Brian » Sun May 06, 2012 11:36 pm

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Yeah I started having problems with Chrome too.


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