Caring for Trees during a Drought

We have eight sycamore trees on our property, planted about thirty years ago. They have survived on lawn sprinkler water and winter rains and I had hoped that el nino would provide deep watering this...

Tomato Pollination

Q: I have a beautiful tomato plant growing in a container on my patio. It faces west and gets plenty of sun. I feed it according to the instructions on the fertilizer box, and while the plant itself ...

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...

Zucchini is Easy

A recent e-mail served as a reminder that zucchini squash is one of the easiest plants to grow. Many of the fruits and vegetables we harvest in our back yards are smaller than the versions we see of ...

Bountiful Tomatoes Year After Year

Thirty years ago, Arlene Gantman planted tomatoes in several sections of her Van Nuys back yard. Her initial attempts enjoyed a bountiful harvest that first year. Every year since, she has planted to...

How to Grow More Vegetables

“How to Grow More Vegetables” (Ten Speed Press, $30) is a set of directives that, if followed to the letter, could radically change your life. “How to Grow More Vegetables” by John Jeavons has been t...

Garlic, Potatoes, & Other Crops

If you have a plot of land with hard, gritty soil and want to grow vegetables and flowers, you can achieve your objectives without much trouble or expense. All you need is a horse or two, a few packe...

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 ...

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...