The air quality during these unprecedented fires has kept me from my garden for days and days. I finally could not take it anymore and left for the fresh air of the desert. During my visit to Yucca Valley, my daughter treated me to a tour of her ceramics studio. She has been making pottery […]
Volunteer days are on hiatus but the nature park is open during covid-19. Of course, you can pick up litter to make the park nicer for all.
Note: This article was first published in July 2011. Since that time our summers seem to have gotten hotter, with some record-breaking highs. I am writing another article on summer water that addresses the stresses on plants and how to deal with them in these extreme climate events. Are you ready for the 4th […]
The world is a wholly different place. Shopping is out, no restaurants or coffee shops. Friends are approached cautiously, always kept at a distance. During walks through the neighborhood, fellow walkers are eyed with suspicion. Though the world is quieter, the chatter in my mind has not subsided. The background color is muddy, the sound […]
Learn to grow your own wildflower superbloom
Virtual Native Plant Garden Tour, Garden 28, South Pasadena. Tour this South Pasadena native plant garden: front yard wildflowers, backyard flannel bush, flagstone paths, sustainable gardening practices.
Native plants are only one element of a good native garden. Banish all leafblowers and machinary to make your garden hospitable to birds and other critters.
When you peel off a layer of turf grass, the soil beneath is often compacted, depleted of nutrients and life, and polluted with salts and other chemicals. These chemicals may have accumulated from ongoing applications of fertilizers and pesticides. Or possibly, poor irrigation practices – short, frequent watering periods – that leave behind salts found […]
Learn to keep your native plants healthy without resorting to toxic chemicals. Control garden pests, ants, thrips and scales.
To Eat or Not to Eat Before eating the blue elderberries that are ripening up right now, I decided to check to make sure they are safe. An online perusal left me a little confused and unsure. There was only one report from the CDC of poisoning from elderberry juice. It happened here in California […]