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Gardening

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  • The Dry Garden: The Pacific Coast iris, a native beauty to plant in spring

     
    One of the most common questions during California’s wildflower season is: “Is it too late to plant?” If you’re working from seed, yes. The lupines, clarkia, poppies and sunflowers coming into bloom now germinated last fall. It...
  • The Dry Garden: An Altadena couple's 15-year quest to plant nearly an acre of unusual edibles

     
    When musicians Kazi Pitelka and John Steinmetz tell friends that they are leaving their Altadena home of 15 years, the invariable responses are: “Why?” “Do you have to?” “Whyyyyy?” It’s not that their friends...
  • The Dry Garden: What late-season rains and a prediction for a cool June mean for gardeners

     
    Our Friday sustainable gardening column posted early this week because of the storm: After an ample rain year, May showers are a mixed blessing in the Southern California garden. On the upside, it’s cool outside; damp soil yields easily to......
  • The Dry Garden: Why a swirl of roots in the store pot will turn almost any plant into a lemon

     
    Planting season in Southern California is rarely busier than midwinter, when nursery lots crammed with Christmas trees give way to displays of fruit trees and roses. If you're haunting stores to select an apricot tree, a flowering bramble, a hedge......
  • When a community garden isn't so rosy

     
    Community Gardens dispatch No. 15: Norman Harriton / Franklin Hills Location is not everything. Just look at the Norman Harriton / Franklin Hills Community Garden, perched at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, west of the landmark Shakespeare Bridge in......
  • We're digging in at community gardens

     
    In case you've missed Jeff Spurrier's weekly dispatches from community gardens -- the people and the plantings, the experiments and the solutions -- let us help you catch up: Dispatches No. 1 and 2: Our kickoff feature on dynamo Milli......
  • The Dry Garden: Fans of native plants have reason to cheer at Nopalito nursery

     
    The potential for gardeners here to conserve water while glorying in the California experience is as big as the state. Yet most of us don't seize it. According to local water managers, the problem is "capacity." By capacity, they refer......
  • What to do with succulent wreaths after the holidays

     
    We recently bought a cart full of holiday plants from supermarkets and hardware stores, then asked experts to place odds of survival: Which ones were essentially disposable holiday décor, and which ones were likely to see another Christmas? One of......
  • Best way to prune roses? Workshops tell how

     
    Growing roses isn't difficult, but for some reason the thought of chopping back such pretty plants come January -- pruning time -- sounds so daunting. Never fear. A plethora of pruning demonstrations are coming up. Get some sharp pruners and......
  • Venice High's Learning Garden, a locavore's delight

     
    Community Gardens dispatch No. 13: Venice High The Learning Garden at Venice High School is not an official community garden but rather an educational lab open to the community. Gardeners from Beethoven Street Elementary School and UCLA Extension mix...
  • Saving seeds for a harvest that never ends

     
    Community Gardens dispatch No. 12: Altadena Even though it's almost Christmas, Marie Yeseta is still harvesting tomatoes at her plot in Altadena Community Garden. One vibrant Italian heirloom — Costoluto Genovese, an acidic late-bloomer that is good...