Three Quick, Easy Shade Ideas to Keep Plants From Burning in Hot Summer Gardens

During the heat of summer even plants who like full sun may need a little break. If it has been in the 100’s for a few days, like it has here in Southern California, the plants will be starting to show the stress. Your first impulse may be to water them more. Sometimes that helps Read More…

Free Trees and Discount Garden or Landscape Equipment for Los Angeles Gardeners

There are a few great deals and information out there for southern California gardeners if you know where to look. I’ve dug up a few cool deals for your garden right now.  L.A. city and county  both have great information about planting native or other drought tolerant plants, composting, and other ways to save water Read More…

Where To Find Free Seed Starting Equipment For Your Garden

It’s easy to find seed starting containers for your vegetables, flowers and plant cuttings, without spending any extra money. Containers of every shape and size are all around. Here are a few I found in my kitchen: A clear plastic lettuce container with lid, it’s about a foot wide and good 8 inches across. This Read More…

Make Your Own Organic Insecticidal Soap and Keep Your Garden Chemical Free

Here’s a really simple recipe for insecticidal soap: 1 tablespoon of soap2 cups water (1 pint) Mix thoroughly and add to spray bottle. Spray insects on plants. Use regular dish soap, not detergent or anything anti-bacterial. You can also use pure castile soap like the kind from Dr. Bronner which is certified under the USDA Read More…