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Gardening Q&A

July/August 2016 California Bountiful magazine

As a California Bountiful reader, you have the opportunity to get your seasonal gardening questions answered by gardening expert Pat Rubin. Here are a few questions from our readers.



The leaves on my lemon tree are yellow and falling off. What am I doing wrong?

The most common cause of yellow leaves on citrus is lack of nitrogen. It's an easy fix. Fertilize your citrus three or four times a year. There are fertilizers specially formulated for citrus. If your lemon tree is growing in a container, remember that you are washing nutrients out the bottom of the pot every time you water it and you must be especially diligent about fertilizing the plant. 

My cucumbers are bitter. Why? I certainly don't want this to happen next year.

Some varieties are bitter—it's genetics. Did you switch varieties this year? The other culprit is watering. Cucumbers need plenty of deep watering.

About Pat Rubin, California Bountiful's gardening expert

For Pat Rubin, gardening is more than just dirt and plants. "It's about history, romance, adventure and people," she says. "And it should be fun."

California Bountiful's gardening columnist has lived and chronicled this fun, hands-in-the-dirt approach for years—and for additional publications including Fine Gardening, Pacific Horticulture, Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle and The Sacramento Bee. Pat has also volunteered as a Master Gardener, speaks to garden clubs and appears regularly on gardening radio shows.

Need gardening advice? Ask the expert!


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