Orchards, Groves and plantations
Chill-hours and slopes are both challenges and blessings. Our diverse topography (coupled with our ocean influences which can reach well into our inland valleys) provide amazing micro-climates for a wide array of sub-tropical plants - avocados, every sort of citrus, papaya, mango, cherimoya, guava, dragon fruit. Less obvious are the newer varieties of peach, nectarine, apple, cherry and blueberries which produce reliable yields and may provide a market opportunity for some well-located farmers. Even some novel spice and culinary herb crops thrive here. And yes, coffee and tea (after all, San Diego is known as the beverage capital of the USA)
Services I offer for orchard, groves and plantations include complete crop production plans with bi-weekly or monthly pest and disease scouting programs, irrigation monitoring and scheduling plans, soil health management and development, weed and erosion control as well as cover crop selection and management. I am available to collect, submit and interpret lab analysis for soil, water and plant samples - both pre-planting assessments, and in-season production plans.
With most of our fruit crops relying on pollinators, I offer design, selection, install and management services for pollinator and insectary hedgerows and welcome the opportunity to help you with cover crops to optimize crop yield, natural resource habitat, soil health, and weed suppression all focused on your both economical ROI and your ecological ROI.
As a self-admitted nozzle-head, I can provide guidance on the selection, combination and rotation of pesticides (both organic and conventional) to reduce risk to pollinators and conserve biological diversity while providing management of target pests and diseases. Sustainability is central to all my consulting services and recommendations.