Gardening Tips


Powdery Mildew – Bane of Alameda Food Growers

by Linda Carloni, Alameda Backyard Growers Alameda Sun, Thursday, June 14, 2018 Powdery mildew may well win the race for “most common problem in Alameda food gardens.” Here’s what happens. It’s June or July, and the vegetable plants in the garden are getting big. They look lush and green and […]

Powdery mildew

Gardening in Small Spaces

Gardening on Balconies or Small Spaces

by Alison Limoges, Alameda Backyard Growers Alameda Sun, Thursday, May 10, 2018 Although the city of Alameda and Bay Farm Island historically had considerable farm land, and still have some large yards, many of us live in multifamily units that, at best, have small patios or balconies. With some thought […]


Fruit Trees 101, Part Three: Spring Tasks

by Marla Koss, Alameda Backyard Growers Board Member Alameda Sun, Thursday, April 12, 2018 As Alameda’s deciduous fruit trees have come out of dormancy, passers-by might be forgiven for having simply enjoyed the beauty of their blossoms, unaware of the dynamic little miracle advancing the tree’s true mission. In super-slow-motion […]

Spring Fruit Tree Prunning

Fruit Trees 101: Part 2, Midwinter Chores

by Marla Koss, Alameda Backyard Growers Published in the Alameda Sun – Thursday, February 8, 2018 Here comes Valentine’s Day, that 24-hour celebration of hearts, flowers and chocolate overkill. But more than a frolic, Valentine’s Day is a handy marker on the Bay Area gardener’s calendar for midwinter chores. For […]


Fruit Trees 101, Part 1: Which Tree to Plant and Where

by Marla Koss of Alameda Backyard Growers Thursday, January 11, 2018 It’s bareroot fruit tree season! Many fruit trees can be successful in Alameda if planted now, but there are pitfalls when choosing both a suitable tree and the best spot to plant it. In the spirit of Alameda Backyard […]