| Sep 10, 2013
When some Los Angeles residents began ripping up their front lawns and planting patches of vegetables and fruit instead, advocates of edible gardening and local political leaders hailed the practice as a smart and economical way to bring healthy food into...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:11 PM
One of the enduring lessons of gardening life is to remember the recommendations of other gardeners.
More than a year ago, musician and edible gardening consultant Lauri Krantz told me that she was stunned by a harvest of Jerusalem artichokes from...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 11:27 AM
For gardeners who lament the arrival of summer because it means pea season is over, consider the venerable pigeon pea -- a hardy perennial that can produce successive harvests during the year. The sweet, fresh green peas (technically beans) are a...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Question: I have a plant with five round watermelons growing from it. They are all dark green. How do I know when to pick them?
Martha R. Sklar
Answer: That's a question that someone recently asked us at the counter of our nursery. Here...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Question: I live in San Diego and am trying to grow horsetail reed as a hedge in front of my fence. I water three times a week and have added fertilizer. The horsetail reed grows tall, but then it dies. A few plants are surviving, but they are not...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 7:05 AM
Unlike many plants considered invasive, fennel does everything it can to ingratiate itself into the garden. Its leaves are attractive -- feathery and delicate -- and the umbrella-shaped blooms of bright yellow flowers that come in summer serve as...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 7:10 AM
John Trager, curator of the desert collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, offers these five tips for growing cactus and succulents in containers:
1. Plant in a well-drained mix of 80% pumice and 20% compost.
| Aug 8, 2013
| 10:40 AM
When author Kurt Kamm is not writing firefighting mysteries, you can find him on his terrace pacing among his pots of plants: 112 cactuses and succulents, at last count.
“I often come out when I have a thorny issue in a plot I'm trying to work...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:10 AM
Gary Jackemuk stands next to the backyard Floriani cornfield at Winnetka Farms, his homestead in the San Fernando Valley, snatching fig beetles in midair with his hands. The beetles have been landing on the pollen-heavy tassels emerging from the...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:35 PM
First it was the rebel Abbie Zands, in Los Feliz, who ran afoul of L.A. City Hall. A few weeks later, Angel Teger of South Los Angeles incurred the wrath of the great bureaucracy.
They planted lush vegetable gardens in front of their...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
A tuft of poppies growing underneath a streetlight in the Hollywood Hills blasts unexpected color along the sidewalk, but the real surprise rests behind the tall ficus hedge, inside Judy Horton’s 1925 cottage.
When the garden designer and plant...