Gustavo the Gardenator

Gustavo Uribe is a fifth generation agricultural specialist who has worked as a professional gardener in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years. Among other clients, he’s tended to the Marymount School, the SBCC Wake Center, and plenty of multimillion dollar homes. Originally from a ranch town outside of Guadalajara, Mexico, he grows avocados, limes, peppers, herbs, and roses at his home near San Marcos High School. These columns are translated from Spanish to English by Gustavo’s son, Gustavo, a staff member of The Santa Barbara Independent. Send your questions to

Leaf Blowing 101

Why does this column show a gas-powered leaf blower, banned in Santa Barbara since 1997? Read story.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to Care for Backyard Grapevines

What’s up with my dormant and fruiting grapes? Read story.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Border Patrol for Your Vegetable Garden

How do I keep gophers and other critters out of my garden? Read story.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DIY Drip System for Drought Gardening

How do I set up my own drip irrigation system during this drought? Read story.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Red Hot Chili Peppers 101

Gustavo the Gardenator dishes on which chilis to plant. Read story.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How to Grow a Jaw-Dropping Rose Garden

What’s the best way to make my neighbors jealous of my garden? Read story.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Commercial Landscapers vs. Independent Gardeners

Should you hire a licensed gardener or someone from the street? Read story.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Survive the Drought, Mexican Style

How to have a chingón garden when it doesn’t rain. Read story.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How to Hire a Gardener

Our new gardener advice columnist, himself a gardener for 30-plus years, tells how to hire someone like him. Read story.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Five Signs of a Good Gardener

Our new gardener advice columnist, himself a gardener for 30-plus years, tells how to spot a good one. Read story.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
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