Companion Planting in a Vegetable Garden

The moment of truth has arrived for Valley gardeners, at least where spring planting is concerned. As days get warmer and longer, it becomes increasingly difficult for young plants to establish thems...

Perennial Tomatoes and Other Imports

For the last three years in Woodland Hills, hot peppers have been growing in virtual neglect without interruption on a plant that is now 4-1/2 feet tall. The peppers are orange, pointed like midget c...

Michael Kappel’s Paradise

From an upper story bedroom window, Michael Kappel looks down on his sumptuous garden in Westwood. It is a soothing sight for someone who lives in constant and excruciating pain, the result of a spin...

Growing Vegetables on Your Balcony

I just moved into an apartment that has a 9-by-7-foot balcony. When I lived in a house, I planted tomatoes and corn every year, but now what can I plant in that small balcony? Could I plant lavender ...

Starting a Vegetable Garden Indoors

If you want to grow vegetables this spring, now is an excellent time to start your project. You can begin by sprouting seeds in Styrofoam cups on your kitchen windowsill. Fill the cups with any sort ...

Start Tomatoes in Winter in Styrofoam Cups

Several horticultural inquiries received during the last month should be of general interest to readers of this column. Q: I grow tomatoes during the summer but really would like to grow them during ...

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...

Peruvian Lilies Are Always in Bloom

Q. My Alstroemeria plants in the ground have thrived so far over the winter. They are lush and green but no flower buds. What should I do now to assure blossoms in the spring? Lauralee Oster Chatswor...

Starting Seedlings in Styrofoam Cups

As cold and wind and rain become outdoor companions this time of year, 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...