No Problem Planting in the Rain

  Note:  The following was written in the previous millenium, at the end of a rainy winter. There’s a proverb that says, “Spend too much time looking at the clouds and you will never...

How to Clone a Plant

If you have a shrub or a vine or a ground cover that your neighbors admire and want, you can offer them an exact copy of this plant and so end their painful coveting. You can do this without much fus...

Growing Parsley in Horse Manure

The sweetest parsley I have ever tasted grows in full sun on a windy slope in Saugus. In a place like Saugus, where summers are hot and dry, you doubt parsley could grow year round, much less thrive,...

Espalier: Flat Trees Mean More Fruit

If you have a small courtyard or enclosed patio with a narrow planting bed inside along the edges, but still want to grow fruit trees, consider the possibility of espalier. Espalier (ess-pal-yay) is ...

Dog Friendly Lawns and Plants

This column is dedicated to my dog Sherman, who lived almost 13 years, until he just ran out of gas. Sherman was a black Labrador/border collie mix who had more energy than any dog I have ever seen, ...

Tulips, Nematodes, and Broccoli

Q: A few weeks ago, we purchased a round glass container at Costco with a number of tulip bulbs in it that sat on a rack with water in the compartment at the bottom. The instructions were to keep the...

Moss, a Pretty Garden Problem

Q: I live in Santa Clarita, which you know is semi-arid. However, my gardening problem is moss, which I thought only grew in moist areas. Is there anything that will kill the moss but will not harm o...

Flower’d by Howard

Flower grower Ted Howard is either the last of a breed, the first of a breed or simply a breed unlike any other. Howard’s goal is to grow florist- quality flowers in ordinary front yards in the...