Whitefly Combat

If you happen to have a persistently annoying insect pest in your garden, doing absolutely nothing about it may be the best form of managing its spread long term. In due course, natural predators ...

Ask Me How

Rarely do you encounter someone who is the essence of goodness but Dan McCollister, in my humble opinion, is such a person.  There is also an undeniable genuineness about him and the fact that he com...

Of Cabbages and Kings

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: . . . of cabbages and kings.” (from Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll) It is no wonder that cabbages make an appearance ...

History of the Potato

I have written about Michael Kappel in this column on several occasions and I am about to do so again. Kappel, who gardens in Westwood despite a disabling spinal cord injury, offers unique solutions ...

A Luddite’s Paradise

                    Loren Zeldin doesn’t have a computer or a cell phone or even a camera. But he does have a garden, which is the focus of his...

Wisteria

Breathless in Jerusalem.  The sights.  The sounds.  But mostly the people.  The light is extraordinary.  Each person is illuminated, without and within, physically and spiritually.  Did you ever look...

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...

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...

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 ...