Dog Compatible Lawns and Plants

Many neighborhood dogs are destroying our front grass. Do you know any variety of grass or plant we could put down so they won’t find this area attractive? Would prefer not to, but next step is...

How to Make Your Own Wine

Winemaking in Woodland Hills? Why not? Grapevines can be grown almost anywhere, including Woodland Hills, which has the highest recorded temperatures in the summers and lowest in the winters in Los A...

Leave Fallen Leaves Alone

In our city, one of the reasons people create gardens or buy houses with back yards is to stake out a quiet retreat from the noisy world around them. Some might argue that this is an absurd idea, tha...

Gas Station Gardens

Someday, when historians look back at the waning years of the 20th century, the gas station garden may well be regarded as the quintessential artifact of our times. Gas station gardens, consisting of...

Observing Life, As Opposed to Living It

“People who enjoy growing herbs or perennials are forever touting it to anyone who will listen. I listen politely, but I’m not converted. I would rather be taking a shower.” Thus st...

Street Trees and Black Bamboo

That tree growing in your parkway (the little strip between sidewalk and street) can have a significant influence on your daily life. Aside from determining how much light reaches the plants in your ...

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...

Children Work in the Garden, too

If we could do our work with the fascination of a child digging in the garden, the world would be transformed. Fascination is defined by a child watching wriggling worms or extracting carrots from th...