Small is Beautiful in the Garden, too

“Small is Beautful” was a best-selling collection of essays on economics written in 1973. The lifestyle encourage by the author, E.F. Schumacher, would lead to “the maximum amount of well being with ...

Gopher Control Options

I hope you can give us some suggestions as to what is best to plant on a hillside in poor soil and is not liked by gophers.  Red apple iceplant (Aptenia hybrid) seems to do well but is eventually eat...

Why Do Trees Have Bark?

It happened that a certain student, full of philosophical curiosity, went to a sage, someone steeped in ancient wisdom, and complained, “I don’t understand,” the student began. “Why did God create a ...

History of Snail Problem in California

 History of Snail Problem in California If you happen to be a local oenologist — a winemaker, that is — the name of Antoine Delmas could well be near and dear to your heart.  If you happe...

Heirloom Tea Roses

It’s really a shame that gardeners, like everyone else, have just one life to live.  For focusing on bringing more beauty into the world, you would think that gardeners deserve two or three lives at ...

What to do About Aging Ivy

“For years ivy has flourished on our hillsides.  This year, most of the ivy on the hillsides has died or withered and weeds  have overtaking the ivy.   The ivy is about 50 years old and receives full...

Ask Me How

Rarely do you encounter someone who is the essence of goodness but Dan McCollister, in my humble opinion, is such a person.  There is also an undeniable genuineness about him and the fact that he com...