Spider Mite Deterrence and Peanut Growing

  We have a 40 year old camellia that has lately been invaded by spider mites. All of its leaves have turned brown on the front side, while the backside is still very healthy looking.  Can you recomm...

Capers from the Desert

If you enjoy perking up your roast, your fish, your pasta, or your salad with capers, you might find it of interest to know that you can grow capers to your heart’s delight in this part of the ...

Edible Gardens and Fruitful Vines

Edible gardens are sprouting up everywhere. Boysenberry and blackberry are taking over where bougainvillea once was king, snap peas are usurping the territory of snapdragons, and potato patches are p...

Turn Parkways Into Edible Gardens

It might well happen that, some time in the not too distant future, Los Angeles parkways, those woebegone pieces of earth between sidewalk and street, will be transformed into vegetable gardens. For ...

Ramble through the Brambles

If you are looking for a safe haven, start spending time in a garden. The word “garden” comes from Old French and Old English words for “enclosure.” Evidently, the garden has ...

You, Too, Can Grow Artichokes

In a world of uncertainty and rapid change, a vegetable garden may be unique in providing a sense of security, reliability and control. With each bite of a carrot, snap of a pea pod, or crunch of a f...

Front Yard Farming

Imagine a Los Angeles where front yards consisted of fruit trees and vegetables and herbs instead of lawns. Often, most of the sunlight on a property descends in the front yard, making it the preferr...