Hello. I live in the Los Angeles area about 3 miles from the coast (zone 10b, or Sunset zone 24). I’ve gardened off-and-on since the late 1990s. I grow bananas, capers, cherimoyas, figs, a (struggling little) mulberry, persimmons, pomegranates, and rose apples. And I often grow 1 or 2 vegetables (kale for now).
I have a compost bin that I don’t take too seriously, but reap the benefits from every few years (mostly coffee grounds and plant trimmings). And recently I bought a couple of bags of hardwood lump charcoal that I’m going to sort through and use the small pieces of as biochar.
Thank you to everyone on the forum who’s sharing the benefits of your trials, errors, and discoveries!