Self-Watering Planter Box

When Idan Cohen’s grandmother, at the age of twelve, emigrated with her family from Germany to Israel in 1933, she could hardly have imagined a certain sequence of events that she would set in ...

Garden Spiders are Beneficial

It seems that there are spider webs all over my yard  as well as in the Santa Clarita area where my children live.  What kind of spiders are they?    I have read about brown spiders that can be dange...

Beekeeping in Los Angeles

Are your apples asymmetrical? Are your blueberries behind in their ripening schedule? Is the growth of your strawberries stunted? The problem might be insufficient bee activity. When bees are abundan...

How to Grow Garlic

In New York, when five cents was worth a lot more than it is today, they used to say that “a nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat.” As most people know, garli...

History of Knockout Roses

The most popular rose in America, known as ‘KnockOut,’ was created by William Radler in his basement, just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  For fifteen years, Radler labored alone, patiently nurt...

Oomycetes and Powdery Mildew Fungus

Oomycete.  No,‭ ‬it’s not a typo.‭  ‬Oomycete really does start with two o’s. It’s pronounced oh-oh-MY-seat,‭ emphasis on “my” ‬although the presence of oomycetes in the garden is m...

Versatile Chinese Tallow Tree

Just as every human being is a multi-faceted creation of immense — if not yet fully developed — potential, so it is with plants. Take Chinese tallow tree, for example.  In 1772, Benjamin ...

No Plant is Completely Pet Safe

I recently received an email asking me to address the pet safety of plants discussed in this column.  It is easy to comply with this request since no plant is completely pet safe.  While it is highly...