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Moving On: Fall Gardening

Moving On: Fall Gardening

Summer’s heat has returned with a vengeance, with 100+ temperatures forecast for the entire week. It got to 103℉ yesterday, and this morning started even warmer than yesterday. Be sure to water your garden deeply so its root systems have their liquid to help them survive! Even before this onslaught, the garden has definitely been […]

Coffee Grounds as Nutrient-Rich Mulch

Coffee Grounds as Nutrient-Rich Mulch

With the popularity of coffee-drink stores like Starbucks and Peet’s and so many others—seemingly on nearly every block in shopping areas—gardeners have nearby and plentiful access to this free nutrient-rich resource. While it can be composted, its great advantage is that it can be applied directly to garden beds. Spreading the grounds an inch thick […]

Beyond Artichokes, Onto Yummy Boysenberries!

Beyond Artichokes, Onto Yummy Boysenberries!

I never thought I’d get tired of artichokes, but that time has come. Remaining unharvested blossoms are overmature and showing their exquisite black-light blue-purple brushes. Beautiful, but a waste of food. I just couldn’t help myself not harvesting them, even as they developed more slowly because of those couple of weeks of coolish “May Gray” […]

Spring Eats & Perfect Transplanting Weather

Spring Eats & Perfect Transplanting Weather

All that winter rain has become blooming and eating wonders in our gardens. Aside from the assorted greens—bok choy, broccoli, chard, kales, and lettuces—that we’ve been enjoying all winter, now there are artichokes and peas and beets to center our meals and munchies. And the blooms! Nasturtiums and the first bearded irises and roses and […]

Planting Tomatoes

Planting Tomatoes

With these 80-degree daytime temperatures, I hope you’re inspired to start planting your spring and summer garden. I already have six different varieties of tomatoes in their beds. My nasturtium groundcover has literally turned my hillside garden into an ocean of green, with blooms popping up amongst 5-inch-round leaves, thanks to all that rain! Other bloomers—including […]

Nipped by Frost?

Nipped by Frost?

The last several nights have threatened frost, even down here in the mid-lowlands of my garden in the southern section of Pasadena. While the end of January is the average last frost date for our area, I haven’t worried much about it for quite a few years since we haven’t had even a light frost […]

Harvesting Herbs for Fresh & Dry Use

Harvesting Herbs for Fresh & Dry Use

Herbs you use frequently either fresh or dry are definitely worth growing and harvesting for their excellent-quality essential oils and economy. With even only a small space for growing and then harvesting in a timely manner, you can get several or more harvests per growing season that will provide many times the quantity that would […]

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