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From Sunny Southern California

Good to see you!  I've got photos and articles on growing California natives, succulent plants
and cacti, plus planting tips on dry weather plants.
So, kick off your shoes and relax at theGardenPages!

California ceanothis plant in a so cal gardenCalifornia Native Plants and Garden Inspiration:
You can create a beautiful garden full of flowers with plants that don't need a lot of water.  Native plants are already on your schedule, and don't care if you're busy on the weekends.  More California plants..

crassula red flame succulent plantSucculent Plant Gardening Tips: 
Ever hear of a color change plant? Try succulents if you think cacti are too prickly and some even change color with the seasons.  More succulent plants...

Italian cypress shrub privacy hedge photoGreat Drought Tolerant Shrubs for Privacy Screens: 
Get started on your backyard sanctuary by creating shade or garden rooms.  Read about great plants for fast privacy screens...

lavender plant in bloom from theGardenPagesLavender Care and Growth:
Drop by our Lovely Lavender page for photos, aromatherapy information and a little bit of lore. Read more about Lovely Drought Tolerant Lavender...

gardening sayings and artGardener Sayings and Floral Art:
My designs for gardeners by gardeners inspired by actual garden events...
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Other Pages and Articles on tGP

Here are a few of my new or expanded articles:

photo of roots forming on succulent plant

Easy Plant Propagation Tips

Most succulent plants are easy to multiply with cuttings.
Find out how expand your collection by rooting and growing cactus pads or succulent plant leaf cuttings.
Read more on the plant propagation page...

How to Grow Cooking Herbs for Dry Gardens

Perennial cooking herbs that will not mind a little heat
on their way to the kitchen:

Bay Laurel  *  Rosemary  *  Sage  *  Thyme

pink flowring desert willow chilopsisDrought Tolerant Flowering Shrubs and Plants

I may not have a lot of water, but I still like flowers, plus the birds and butterflies that enjoy them too.  Here are a few of the flowering plants that grow well in low-water gardens:

flowering pomegranate tree

Pomegranate Trees and Pests

Once I picked a house to move into just because it was the one with the pomegranate tree in the back yard. 

But, there can be problems.  I'm tracking information on pomegranate pests (with input from you) on The Pomegranate Page...

Saving water in California

Minimize Water Rationing Woes

Here are a few tips to help save water in the garden and maybe a few of your favorite flowers!

More Quick Gardening Tips:

New Plant Transplanting Tips or
How to Keep Your Plants From Frying in a Heat Wave

Give your new transplants some shade for the first few days after planting.  It helps them adjust to their new home and reduces transplant stress.  This info also works for plants that need emergency shade during 100 degree weather.

Be creative:  Try shading with a small umbrella (great way to recycle old umbrellas), a garden banner or flag, an old t-shirt or a small piece of shade cloth.  You can hang fabric over tomato cages, old wire fencing or a cool branch left over from your last pruning project.  I suppose you could actually build a real frame and staple on the shade cloth too.

Try not to do planting during the heat of the day - it just wears everyone out!  In warmest areas it it best to give new transplants a little water every day for the first two or three days.  Resist the temptation to give them too much water or they will get rot.

Quick Tomato Tip

Tomato plants prefer acid soil.  Adding used coffee grounds helps increase the acidity of the soil.  Pickle juice and tea also increase soil acidity.  Other shrubs that appreciate a cup of java are camellia, azalea, gardenia and roses.

Keeping Sweet Basil Fresh

Get ready for Pesto!

Sweet Basil herb cuttings will stay fresh for weeks in a clean glass of water. 
Keep your herb sprigs on the kitchen counter out of direct sunlight.
Change your sweet basil water every few days. 
Basil will eventually form roots in the water so you can make more plants!

Dealing with Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are becoming a problem in areas where they carry the deadly West Nile virus.  Agencies can't inspect every single inch so they need your help.  Abandoned pools in foreclosed homes have become a large problem in some areas.  Do yourself a favor and keep an eye out.

Simple, organic, biological mosquito control:  A few guppies (mosquitofish or Gambusia affinis) will gobble up the problem and say thanks!  Read more on the Los Angeles Vector Control Site...

What's My USDA Planting Zone?

In order to help gardeners determine the best times and plants for their area, The United States Department of Agriculture zone map shows in detail the lowest temperatures that can be expected each year in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  The map shows different zones, each of which represents an area of winter hardiness for the plants of agriculture and our natural landscape.  Their site also gives planting, growing recommendations and cold hardiness for your area.

Use this handy link to the US Arboretum's Online USDA Zone Map

Yeah, but what's my USDA Planting Zone if I'm in Australia?  We share the same climate, (and a totally awesome surf culture) so why not swap gardening tips over the digital back fence?  In gratitude to the visitors I get from Australia, I thought it would be neighborly of me to help sort out all this crazy Planting Zone business.

Plant Hardiness Zones for Australia, by Iain Dawson (Horticultural Research Unit, ANBG) 1991 (Iain has since retired from the Australian National Botanic Gardens)   Our thanks to Iain Dawson (Horticultural Research Unit, ANBG).

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Keep up to date on what's blooming in the garden and
ask questions about the articles or plants you've read about here!

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