Getting Ready for Spring

Spring can turn the most casual observer of plants into a suddenly enthusiastic novice gardener.  Blinding displays of flowers are everywhere.  Who can resist them?  Just take a look at Lampranthus p...

Asian Citrus Psyllid: a Hitchhiking Pest

International air travel is a wonderful thing, especially if you happen to be an insect.  Just ask the Asian citrus psyllid.  Thanks to hitching free rides on airplanes, where it typically stows away...

It Really is All About the Trees

It really is all about the trees. Most of the correspondence sent my way involves trees.  Questions about fruit trees, especially citrus trees, are the most common.   Suggestions are also sought for ...

Tree Kale Can Live for 20 Years

Robert Steele, who maintains a thriving vegetable garden in West Covina, always has something new to teach, especially in the area of pest control, a trade in which he worked professionally for many ...

Gardening Without Work

According to a certain popular legend that is found in a wide range of cultural traditions, the difference between heaven and hell has nothing to do with angels singing in one place and fire and brim...

Yes, There’s Hope for this Esperanza

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” — Erma Bombeck It’s a testimony to how tricky it is to grow plants in a doctor’s office that you hardly ever see them there.  In fact, I ca...