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Old 03-09-2008, 02:53 PM
 
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I dont really know the answers to your questions, but I do know that my son has a really rough time with his allergies when he is up there for camp vs. when he is at home (Thousand Oaks). Im not sure what allergens are higher in Ojai, whether its the grasses, weeds or mold. He doesnt have an allergy for trees, I dont think.

I found a website that lists the peak times for allergies in Ojai
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Thank you, that's very useful. I appreciate it.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:35 PM
 
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i would maybe like to add (i didnt read every post) the traffic after work in the area is going northbound on the 101. therefore, if u pick to live in TO, u will be driving south after work and going the opposite direction of traffic . ppl dont like driving up and down the "grade" (the steep hill/mountain on 101 between TO and camarillo). there is nothing wrong with the "grade", u just have to slow down alittle, thats all.
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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...there is nothing wrong with the "grade", u just have to slow down alittle, thats all.
If you're going to "slow down alittle" stay to the right. Nothing more irritating to the people coasting down the grade than those people slowing down / constantly hitting their breaks.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:00 PM
 
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Smile Oxnard backyard gardening/birding

Hello to all...

Can anyone recommend a strategy for creating (as quickly as possible) a treed, bushy, flowery backyard in Oxnard where currently there is mostly weedy grass? (If you can recommend specific trees, vines, shrubs, even a favorite garden center, this would help.) Finally, are there any songbirds/hummingbirds in Oxnard that would come to backyard feeders? Thanx.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:14 PM
 
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Hello to all...

Can anyone recommend a strategy for creating (as quickly as possible) a treed, bushy, flowery backyard in Oxnard where currently there is mostly weedy grass? (If you can recommend specific trees, vines, shrubs, even a favorite garden center, this would help.) Finally, are there any songbirds/hummingbirds in Oxnard that would come to backyard feeders? Thanx.
Everything grows well in Oxnard, and there are tons of birds of all types around that'll be attracted to the type of habitat you describe, Humming birds, too. A garden like the one you want will keep bugs out of your house, plus provide a food source for birds. Great idea!

Geraniums grow fabulously well. I've heard that it's the 'official plant of Oxnard'. Other things that grow well with low-water needs are rosemary, sages, garlic, mint, honeysuckle to name a few. Fruit trees, too - citrus, fig, plumb, avocado. They'll grow so well, in fact, that if you're not careful you'll have a jungle on your hands. Have fun!
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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Don't forget the Oxnard strawberries. My parents drive to Oxnard from Thousand Oaks for those wonderful strawberries!
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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Thanks so much to cre8 and cricket_factor! I'm hoping to get into the gardening soon and this helps a lot. I love all the plants cre8 mentioned--and a jungle would be most welcome! Never thought about growing my own strawberries, but hey, if the big fields can support them, why not a wee patch in the yard? Whee!
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:57 PM
 
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Thanks so much to cre8 and cricket_factor! I'm hoping to get into the gardening soon and this helps a lot. I love all the plants cre8 mentioned--and a jungle would be most welcome! Never thought about growing my own strawberries, but hey, if the big fields can support them, why not a wee patch in the yard? Whee!
We grew tomatoes, celery, carrots, kale, even corn in our west-Oxnard yard. All grew very, very well and tasted great. The nice thing is that with Oxnard's climate, we grew something year round. We did grow strawberries, but you have to keep you eye on them because the snails love them. We put out dishes with beer, which helped a little. Mostly you just have to pick your strawberries the minute they're ripe to keep them for yourself. Even then, you'll probably end up sacrificing a few.

A couple of other plants that do well in Oxnard are daisies (that daisy tree plan) and lavender. You can spread both fast with cuttings.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:28 AM
 
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Hello to Winston Smith and Cricket_Factor! And anyone else out there who loves gardening--My last post here was more than a year ago, when I was just starting to plan to maybe move to Oxnard from the cold northeast. A few months later, I moved. And as I suspected, my house, which had been in my family for decades, was a wreck--and the back yard could have passed for a piece of Death Valley. The front yard still has a way to go, but hey, thanks so much for the encouragement--in the back yard, I've planted several lovely trees, some gorgeous flowering shrubs, and bougainvillea all over the boundary walls. I've put tomatoes, squashes, artichokes, peas, cucumbers in among the flowers, and I have never seen such a bonanza--tomorrow I'll have to pick a zucchini that must weigh ten pounds (I didn't see it under the leaves until it grew so big!).The trees are amazing...lemon, dwarf orange, avocado, carrotwood, tuliptree--and there's still room for another two, I think. (Being a northeasterner, I'm used to scads of trees, generally much taller than what I can grow here--but I'm quickly making up for height with sheer lushness and color-clamor--how gorgeous!)Thanks again. I think I'll be living here a long while!--GAL99
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