When Leaf Blowers Are Banned . . .

Note:  The following was written following a leaf blower ban in the city of Los Angeles.  The ban was briefly enforced and then ignored by law enforcement, even though it is still officially in effec...

Rip Van Winkle and the Carob Tree

If you do much walking along the streets of our city, you may have inhaled a powerful bleachlike odor emanating from a tree. It’s an awfully large tree to keep such a low profile, but few peopl...

Volunteers Not Always Welcome

Volunteers are not always welcome in the garden. Sure, there’s plenty of work that needs to be done and any free help would be appreciated. But a certain kind of volunteer may be no better than...

Man As Endangered Species

“As we know, we are under increasing pressure to choose caring over not caring. We know that caring will involve us in great effort and discomfort and we dread to choose it, but we know too tha...

Plants Have Minds of Their Own

Plants have minds of their own. No matter how much you think you know about them, they will surprise you time and again. Sometimes the surprise is a happy one. For example, you will hear that a certa...