Artichokes

If you live in Los Angeles, you don’t have to travel far to find an artichoke farm. There’s a big one on Las Posas Road, near Malibu, on the edge of a fertile valley that stretches betwee...

Citrus Fruiting Rhythms & Spinosad

Q. I have a Valencia orange tree, I believe it’s a dwarf (9 feet tall) and is about 20 years old. My problem is fruiting. Year before last the tree was full of normal sized oranges, last year I...

Edible Garden Beds

Integration of edible plants into a typical garden bed, as opposed to setting them aside in a vegetable garden, orchard, or berry patch, is an idea whose time has come. Proof of this is as near as yo...

Fall is Best Time to Plant Strawberries

One of the biggest surprises for people who move here from cold winter climates is the discovery that gardening in Los Angeles is a year-round enterprise. You can put seeds and transplants in the gro...

Broccoflower

Have you ever seen a broccoflower? It looks like a pale green cauliflower and appears, every now and then, in the produce section of your supermarket. The broccoflower is an excellent illustration of...

Amaranthus

Its leaves taste like spinach, its seeds are a nutritious cereal grain substitute, and its flowers serve as a bold accent in the annual garden bed. Yet it nearly became extinct half a millennium ago....

Asparagus planting produces for decades

Isn’t it about time you grew your own asparagus? That nutritious vegetable is not getting any cheaper, and yet it is one of the easiest and most economical to grow. If you plant a plot of aspar...

Sunflowers and Elephant Ears

What the sunflower is to the plains of America, elephant’s ear is to the rain forests of tropical Asia. Depending on whether your outlook is artistic or gastronomic, you will look at a sunflowe...