California weather is influenced by the entire Pacific basin, but subtle shifts in the jet stream, increased hurricanes from Mexico, and more can make a world of difference along the West Coast. Read story.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The fourth largest fruit crop in the world is the bright yellow banana, but there are many selections, many of which can grow and fruit successfully in our home gardens. Read story.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
While some ice plants can be invasive, there are many that cover a lot of ground attractively. Read story.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Asexual reproduction only preserves a single set of genetic traits. Read story.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The best tasting fruits and vegetables are grown to perfection not for the mass market, but as close to home as possible. Read story.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Berries are among the quintessential flavors of summer, and all are relatively easy to grow. Read story.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Learning the food requirements of animals, birds, and insects that may be beneficial and offering them in the garden creates a healthier, more stable environment. Read story.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Across North America, July is the one month when water usage is on average at its very highest. Read story.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Weeds come in many different shapes and sizes, but the key to getting the upper hand when they invade is in understanding how they grow and reproduce. Read story.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Some species in the very diverse genus Salvia (around 900 species total) are merely kitchen herbs, but this group of plants has many other stars. Read story.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Artichoke is a relative of thistles and the edible parts are actually flower buds. Read story.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
A little caution and advance preparation can increase the odds for a defensible garden that may even provide a measure of protection against wildfire. Read story.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
This month it is time to plant three favorite summer vegetables — corn, squash, and beans. Read story.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
In the effort to combat garden insect pests, there is a cadre of carnivores ready to rush to the chore. Read story.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Pest-free, unlikely to succumb to fungal pathogens, and generally unpalatable to deer and rabbits. Read story.