Right now it is gardening time in Southern California. It is the time to get your native plant garden going. It is the time to sow wildflower seeds for your very own spring superbloom. It is the time to prune back overgrown sages and some other shrubs (but hold off on Ceanothus if you want to see a nice bloom this spring). It is the time to give your garden a good, long soaking since we have gotten almost no rain so far during this year’s “rainy season.” In a nutshell, it is the time to get out there and get dirty 👩🌾.
Below is a presentation I made a while ago for those of you who want to start something new. The slideshow includes background on gardening in our Mediterranean climate, how to get going, and some common mistakes you should try to avoid. If you find it helpful, be sure to check out my book, Wild Suburbia – Learning to Garden with Native Plants.