The Blessing of Rain

Rain is nearly always a blessing in dry climates such as our own. Even the many recent downpours, aside from the inevitable tree damage and slope erosion that accompany such storms, have their positi...

How to Turn Lawns Into Flowers

If you have a lawn and are concerned about the water it guzzles, you may want to consider converting part or all of it into a perennial garden. This does not have to be a labor-intensive process R...

Perform Garden Chores With a Straight Back

When working in the garden, putting stress on your back is an all too common occurrence. Yet by adhering to one cardinal rule, garden back strain can be completely avoided. Always keep your back stra...

Blackberries & Raspberries

Note: the following was written shortly after George W. Bush’s inauguration. The end of President George W. Bush’s first week in office seems as good a time as any to discuss the other bu...

Turn the Valley into One Enormous Garden

There is a question as to whether gardeners are born generous or become generous through gardening, but one fact is indisputable: Gardeners are among the most generous people on earth. If your neighb...

Cold Stimulates Flowering

At 9000 Winnetka Ave. in Northridge there is a surprising and curious site: A blood red trumpet vine is blooming its head off. No matter that it is the middle of winter and this plant normally starts...

Cold Nights Make Oranges Orange

If you live in Los Angeles and have room for only one fruit tree, you might consider planting an orange, grapefruit or a lemon. If you make the citrus decision, you will have a ready supply of vitami...

A Brief History of Organic Gardening

“The Best of Organic Gardening” (Rodale Press) is sure to become a classic. Fresh off the press, it is a book you must get if you are thinking of planting a vegetable garden – an ac...

Earthquakes & Sustainability

At a garden I visit every day, an arbor festooned with hanging baskets lies prostrate on the ground, felled by Monday’s earthquake; a few feet away, roses glisten in the morning sun. The glory ...