Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
California Rare Fruit Growers
A wonderfully thorough web resource for subtropical fruit trees is California Rare Fruit Growers, with lots of information and specialists available for each specific fruit. Los Angeles has five separate chapters that meet frequently and share information and cuttings.
Clever Gardening Technique
Plastic cages from tomato/strawberry baskets
Use plastic baskets from cherry tomatoes or strawberries to protect newly-sprouted seedlings such as corn, cucumber, melons and squash from birds. By the time that the seedlings have grown tall enough to reach through the tops of the baskets, they are no longer as tender and succulent as the birds prefer.