Mulch, Fertilizer, & Tomatoes

“I dumped quite a bit of redwood mulch on my tomatoes, roses and annuals. The tomatoes are thriving, but the others are just doing so-so. Why the difference and what can I do to improve the con...

Tomato Pollination

Q: I have a beautiful tomato plant growing in a container on my patio. It faces west and gets plenty of sun. I feed it according to the instructions on the fertilizer box, and while the plant itself ...

90 Year Old Grows Abundant Tomato Crops

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away.” These words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the famous author, came to mind durin...

Zucchini is Easy

A recent e-mail served as a reminder that zucchini squash is one of the easiest plants to grow. Many of the fruits and vegetables we harvest in our back yards are smaller than the versions we see of ...

Bountiful Tomatoes Year After Year

Thirty years ago, Arlene Gantman planted tomatoes in several sections of her Van Nuys back yard. Her initial attempts enjoyed a bountiful harvest that first year. Every year since, she has planted to...

How to Grow More Vegetables

“How to Grow More Vegetables” (Ten Speed Press, $30) is a set of directives that, if followed to the letter, could radically change your life. “How to Grow More Vegetables” by John Jeavons has been t...

Asparagus & Sunflowers

Two queries involving edible plants are the focus of this week’s column. Q: I recently moved into a new home and have discovered all the wonders of spring. Many items have emerged in the former...

Growing Strawberries in Granada Hills

Granada Hills resident Richard Mueller could be the king of Los Angeles strawberry growers. He recounts his success as follows: “About 20 years ago, I bought about 20 plants of the Sequoia vari...

Garlic, Potatoes, & Other Crops

If you have a plot of land with hard, gritty soil and want to grow vegetables and flowers, you can achieve your objectives without much trouble or expense. All you need is a horse or two, a few packe...