Espalier: Flat Trees Mean More Fruit

If you have a small courtyard or enclosed patio with a narrow planting bed inside along the edges, but still want to grow fruit trees, consider the possibility of espalier. Espalier (ess-pal-yay) is ...

Dog Friendly Lawns and Plants

This column is dedicated to my dog Sherman, who lived almost 13 years, until he just ran out of gas. Sherman was a black Labrador/border collie mix who had more energy than any dog I have ever seen, ...

Tulips, Nematodes, and Broccoli

Q: A few weeks ago, we purchased a round glass container at Costco with a number of tulip bulbs in it that sat on a rack with water in the compartment at the bottom. The instructions were to keep the...

Moss, a Pretty Garden Problem

Q: I live in Santa Clarita, which you know is semi-arid. However, my gardening problem is moss, which I thought only grew in moist areas. Is there anything that will kill the moss but will not harm o...

Flower’d by Howard

Flower grower Ted Howard is either the last of a breed, the first of a breed or simply a breed unlike any other. Howard’s goal is to grow florist- quality flowers in ordinary front yards in the...

Hydroponics

David Goldman’s fondest childhood memories center around the Sepulveda Community Gardens at Hayvenhurst Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard in Encino and the vegetable plots he tended there with his ...

You Can Never Go Wrong With Gypsum

If there’s one soil amendment that you can utilize with absolute confidence, it’s gypsum. A reader named Jim informs me that he is moving from Woodland Hills to Chatsworth, and I would be...