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...

When Italian Cypress Branches Bend . . .

Our very heavy snowstorm last month loaded and bent the branches of all of the Italian cypress trees encircling the backyard. The trees have grown very tall. However, they look quite grotesque and br...

Kohlrabi

Q: I love kohlrabi. I use it in soups and enjoy it as a raw vegetable snack. Last year, I bought a six-pack container of seedlings and planted them in my front yard, where they grew to maturity. This...

Turn the Valley into One Enormous Garden

There is a question as to whether gardeners are born generous or become generous through gardening, but one fact is indisputable: Gardeners are among the most generous people on earth. If your neighb...

Top 1% of December Plants

The occupiers have left Zuccotti Park, but the ornamental kale remains. Zuccotti Park is actually not a park at all but a small plaza of polished stone and marble. I recently happened to visit Wall S...

A Short History of the Hass Avocado

Q: We have saved the seeds of some exceptionally good supermarket tangerines recently whose label says “FLORIDA – Sunburst.” If we were to plant the seeds, would we get trees that w...

How To Turn Acorns Into Oak Trees

As daylight hours are reduced in the last days of December, gardening may be the last thing on your mind. But with the help of some Styrofoam cups and a little soil mix, you can start many plants ind...

No such thing as an old gardener

Dorothy Adams of Burbank wrote me a letter, which she signed “An old gardener.” She has a question about pruning azaleas and camellias and one plaintive request: “Tell us something ...