Manure Worth It’s Weight

If you could purchase only one product at your garden supply store to make your plants grow, what would it be? (Hint: If you have a cow or a horse, you won’t need to go to the store.) I have a ...

Red Wrigglers vs. Night Crawlers

I have been privileged to receive many interesting letters from readers of this column. Some of their questions are printed here. Q: I buy night crawlers (earthworms) and put them around my plants. D...

April Showers Bring May Flowers

“April showers bring May flowers” are words whose truth has been amply illustrated this year. Our late rain has brought an abundance of blooms and a massive wave of first roses in May, an...

Early Morning is Best Time to Water

Q: My girlfriend and I asked our gardeners which time of the day is best for watering lawns and landscapes. Hers said in the evening, and mine said early in the morning. I have my front sprinklers co...

Meadow Gardens & Queen’s Wreath

The idea of a lush woodland meadow garden in Los Angeles sounds as far-fetched as growing cactus in Manhattan until you visit Manhattan and notice how many apartments have a cactus plant or two perch...

Loren Zeldin’s Garden

Loren Zeldin does not own a computer. “I would rather be in the garden in the sun than cramped up indoors in front of a little screen,” he said. Actually, Zeldin has nothing against compu...

Intuition Is Key to Growing Plants

Los Angeles horticulturist Bill Paylen will tell it to you bluntly. Making flora flourish has nothing to do with how learned you are or how much money you spend on a particular plant. Nor does it hav...

G-d Withholds Rain to Make Us Pray

Two enormous blessings were bestowed upon Los Angeles this winter and spring. First, the value of real estate appreciated significantly. Second, the rains of El Nino gave incredible life to our plant...

Heaven Sent DG

One of the hottest trends in landscaping involves use of gravel, decomposed granite and river rock, in all sizes and colors, for use as walkways, for mulch or for covering unsightly tree roots, for s...