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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 […]

From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

It’s never too early to grab your calendar and start planning for fall classes at the Arboretum. From Creating Your Own Butterfly Hub and Plant Combinations for Pots to Garden Rocks, Beekeeping: A Symbiotic Relationship, and Gardening for Your Dining Table, the Arboretum offers numerous ways to pump up your garden, all the way to […]

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 […]

Plumeria Grafting

Plumeria Grafting

Apparently grafted plumeria trees bloom in a variety of colors. That’s an interesting idea. But how does one graft? Diana Donnellan leads a hands-on workshop “exploring both the mechanics of grafting as well as best practices” on June 17. Donnellan will show on the grove’s demonstration trees examples of “good” grafting and “bad” grafting, which […]

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 […]

Crescent Farm Series

Crescent Farm Series

One of our all-time favorite places, The Arboretum, continues its Crescent Farm Series on March 11. One Saturday a month through June 2017, Crescent Farm staff lead workshops dubbed an “educational training series.” Learn about ancient and new horticultural techniques for water conservation and food production at the Farm, which is just west of Baldwin Lake and […]

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

What a great way to end 2016 and begin 2017—with lots of rain! Yay! So glorious to relish each gentle drop over long hours so the soil was able to absorb all the goodness… and then have those downpours that really filled the soil’s air pores so the moisture could sink deeply down into rootzones. Love it! With the promise […]

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 […]

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