Are Chickens in Your Future?

Chickens just might be part of your future. You never know. Now that unpredictable financial twists and turns have become the norm, and creative ways of saving or making money at home are eagerly sou...

Barn Owl Nesting Box = Gopher Control

“Can you suggest a plant that repels gophers? We have a large number on our embankment and they are starting to create a real problem. Also, previously you had reported that New Zealand flax is...

Let Nature Take Its Course

“Once, while walking through my garden, I saw a hummingbird jab its beak into a leaf where a horde of whiteflies had nested. The whiteflies scattered in a cloud. Seconds later, the hummingbird ...

Cactus Mystery on the Way to Camarillo

By now, any plant watcher who regularly drives west on the Ventura Freeway (101) toward Camarillo should have wondered about the cactus growing between the Camarillo Springs Road and Pleasant Valley ...

Earthquakes & Sustainability

At a garden I visit every day, an arbor festooned with hanging baskets lies prostrate on the ground, felled by Monday’s earthquake; a few feet away, roses glisten in the morning sun. The glory ...

Growing Your Own Food

Many years ago, during an economic boom, a friend of mine made what I thought, at the time, was a bizarre prediction. “Some day,” he said, “knowing how to grow your own food will be...