Fall Planting of Deciduous Trees

When it comes to deciduous shrubs and trees, fall and winter are the seasons they get serious about root growth.  In places like Southern California, where the ground never freezes, roots never stop ...

Euphorbia Trees and Growing Cherimoyas

At one time or another, most of us have probably seen one of those television shows that highlight valuable works of art, antiques, or odd ball memorabilia that were found quite by chance in someone’...

Do You Have Toenail Fungus?

Do you have toenail fungus? If so, you have something in common with California sycamores, avocado trees, date palms, and tomato plants.  You see, toenail fungus, as well as certain fungi from which ...

Keeping Grass Green in a Drought

Two weeks ago I asked if anyone had succeeded in keeping a lawn green despite watering restrictions.  Here are some of your responses: Where we live, it’s much drier than most anywhere in Los Angeles...

Lawn Alternatives

Slowly, over the last few years, more and more front yards in Los Angeles have turned brown and stayed that way or, in some cases, turned to dirt.  It is no longer a stigma for the owner of any sort ...

Dragon Fruit Experiences and Smoke Trees

Imagine a cactus that grows rapidly in ordinary garden soil and whose luscious fruit are on sale at the supermarket for $4.99 per pound. Would you want to try to grow that cactus? I recently wrote ab...

Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass

If you want to see something new – which, at least where horticulture is concerned, is to learn something new — I urge you to pay a visit to the Sepulveda Garden Center on the corner of Hayvenh...

Growing Plants Under Glass

Nathaniel Ward was an Englishman who loved to observe the behavior of insects and was fond of enclosing them in glass jars. Once, he forgot about one of his jars and, when he noticed it again, a fern...