STUDIO CITY (KCAL9) — Have you ever wondered if you have a green thumb?

Christy Wilhelmi, author of Gardening for Geeks, stopped by KCAL9 Monday to share the secrets and science of successful gardening!

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Get planting!

  • The best produce to plant in May is tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash and melons.
  • They grow best in warmer weather and home growers can expect to start harvesting zucchini within a month of planting.
  • Tomatoes, eggplant and peppers take a little longer to mature, but by mid-summer you’ll be enjoying them.

Irrigation for a dry climate

  • California had hardly any rain this year that’s why you want to install drip irrigation.
  • Drip irrigation waters at the soil surface, which means less evaporation.
  • Setting up a drip system can be as easy as 1) getting a battery operated timer and hooking it up to your hose spigot. Then you attach a series of 1/2″ or 1/4″ tubes with connectors and strategically anchor them in your yard to water plants right at the roots.
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Water as needed

  • Clay soil will not need as much water as sandy soil.
  • New seeds and seedlings will need water every day until established.

Keep pests away naturally

  • The best pest control is a walk through your garden in the morning or afternoon.
  • Snails head home in the morning. You can catch them and drop them into soapy water, or put out pie pans of beer. They love beer.
  • You can also use physical barriers like floating row cover and bird netting to keep pests away from your garden rather than using sprays or chemicals
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For more information, visit Gardening for Geeks.