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...

From Roof Gardens to Alpine Strawberries

With rapid change all around us, techniques for growing crops could soon undergo radical transformation as well. Inflation in food prices is due not only to food shortages – brought on by popul...

Loren Zeldin’s Exotic Garden

On the surface, Loren Zeldin would seem to be an outstanding example of predictability. Fifty-five years old, he has lived in the same house in Reseda his entire life. He has held but one job since g...

Heaven Sent DG

One of the hottest trends in landscaping involves use of gravel, decomposed granite and river rock, in all sizes and colors, for use as walkways, for mulch or for covering unsightly tree roots, for s...

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...

How to Make a Compost Pile

The arrival of spring focuses the thoughts and the emotions of the gardener on emergence, rebirth and new growth. Even without the aid of flowers, it is possible to know that spring has arrived throu...

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 ...

TreePeople

You might think of TreePeople as an organization whose sole mission is to plant more trees in Los Angeles. While that may have been true when the organization was founded four decades ago, and TreePe...