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...

How to Grow Asparagus

Question: Three years ago we planted about 10 asparagus roots (crowns). They grew and we didn’t pick any asparagus sprouts (shoots). After they died back, I cut them back. The second year they ...

Grow Your Food at Home

Just the other day, I paid $5 for a head of cauliflower. Lettuce, tomatoes, grapes and bread also are more expensive than ever. With food prices skyrocketing, it may be the right time to take another...

Artichokes

I live in West Hills and I’m wondering if artichokes will grow here and if they are started from seed or from plants. Where do you buy them? >Lou Peire, West Hills Once, in Woodland Hills, I sa...

You, Too, Can Grow Artichokes

In a world of uncertainty and rapid change, a vegetable garden may be unique in providing a sense of security, reliability and control. With each bite of a carrot, snap of a pea pod, or crunch of a f...