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What to do with all the fresh fruit from your fruit tree

It's summer and nothing says summer more to me than fresh fruit right off the tree. I am lucky to have grown up with a whole row of fruit trees in my Dad's orchard. He has a few of everything; plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apples, pomegranates, oranges and even figs. Summertime just isn't complete without a fresh peach to eat as you're walking around the backyard.


When we moved into our house we live in now, we were lucky to have a peach and persimmon tree already in the backyard. They were large and established. In fact, we moved in July and the peach tree was kind of like a welcome home present. The first week we moved in, the peach tree was already gifting us with fresh fruit. Some may have been a little overwhelmed with a whole peach tree but I was rejoicing.


Within the next few years we added some dwarf trees to our collection too; lemon, nectarine, plum, pear, mandarin and lime are now part of our family too. Whether you too have a backyard fruit tree, …

California Water: Introduction to Series



California is in the middle of a severe drought. Unless you have lived under a rock recently, I am sure everyone realizes this. California has been all over national and world news with the Governor’s Executive order last week mandating a 25% state wide reduction in water usage. While there has been what seems like a million news stories covering this issue, not all are correct. Some pointing blame to farmers for using too much water, some complain about the excess of water that is being pumped into the ocean and others outlining water conservation tips for consumers.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be digging deeper into California water. I hope to break down the history and structure of California water, explain the truth behind agriculture water usage and provide some helpful hints for conserving water at home. All are important to understand how we got where we are and how we can help to prevent it in the future. I by no means am an expert on water, I just aim to educate people with what I do know and research what I don’t.

When it comes down to it, California has over 38 million people living in our state, a number that has doubled in the last 30 years according to the US census bureau. When looking at a list of our major dams and reservoirs in California it is safe to say, we have not made substantial growth in our water storage to match our population. With a population that just seems to keep growing and an agriculture economy that feeds the nation and world, it is puzzling to me that our state didn’t plan for such an event. But gradually agriculture has been receiving less and less water and our population centers keep growing and consuming. Agriculture has found ways to conserve, cut back and become more efficient because we just didn’t have a choice. We are doing more with less.

So just where does California get its water and why are we in trouble?
How much water does agriculture really use?
And how can you do your part to conserve?
Stay tuned!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl 

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