Backyard Orchard in Long Beach

Yard space in America is disappearing.  From 1999-2014,  the average size lot in America shrank from 9,600 to 8,600 square feet.  During that same period, the average size home increased from  2,100 ...

What Trees and Humans Have in Common

A notable Biblical passage asks: “Is man a tree of the field?” (Deuteronomy 20:19). Analogies comparing roots to deep, sustaining faith are frequently made and we all know about “the fruit of o...

‘Mona Lavender’ is Close to Perfect

“My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky.” This uninhibited and passionate confession was penned by William Wordsworth, a British poet, in 1802. The world has certainly changed in the in...

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...