My Solution For Preventing The Next Arcadia Woodlands Type Old-Growth Forest Destruction

My dear garden readers; Would you throw away pristine, nutrient-rich silt?  Would you hack down 11 acres of old-growth forest for a dumping ground for said silt?  No?  Then get ready to be called crazy, wacky, a tree-hugger and more. Personally, for someone who calls herself a gardenholic, flower freak and other silly names the Read More…

Fall Planting Tips: 3 Flowering Herbs to Plant Now In Southern California Gardens

It is a lucky cook who is able to pluck a few fresh sprouts from a nearby herb plant to spice up a dish on the stove. Here are a few fabulous herbs that do well in drought tolerant gardens. Fall is a perfect time to plant them, so get out there already! Here are Read More…

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…

How to Buy Teak or Other Forest Products; First Read The Free Greenpeace Good Wood Guide

I found a great garden resource I’d like to share with you all.  It is for anyone who is shopping for indoor or outdoor patio furniture this summer and more to the point, anyone who likes breathing air on this planet.  It’s by our Australia Pacific Greenpeace pals, called The Good Wood Guide and lets you look 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…

One of My Favorite Parts of Fall in Southern California: the California Native Plant Sale Oct 11 & 12 2008

I just got the postcard today!  Admission is free and this comes perfectly timed for Fall Planting Season.  This is a great place to find beautiful native plants for your area, even if you have dry shade, full blazing sun or live in a boggy canyon bottom.  Plus they always have great food, so I’m Read More…

FDA Allows Food Processors To Blast Your Lettuce With Radiation To Keep You ‘Safe’

One more reason to grow your own! See? You don’t have to worry about filthy conditions in the fields or un-enforced health and labor codes in the processing plant – just nuke it! I know, us organic gardeners are all ‘nutty’. What does a tree-hugger (planter, tender and caretaker) know about radiation in food processing? Read More…