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IT'S WAR ON WEEDS. The home garden can be a combat zone between your plants and the interlopers. We offer some tactics on ferreting out the worst.,0,2462621.story

The Dry Garden: Water-wise birdbaths can create a backyard spa for wildlife.

Green eye candy: Get inspired by the great gardens of Southern California.,0,

ABCs of gardening. Simple approach makes gardening easy for everyone.

Sustainable is attainable in landscaping. As gardeners, we are at the forefront of the new green revolution. Thirty years ago, most home landscaping consisted of lawn, foundation plantings, a few trees, and perhaps a bed for flowers or vegetables. Plants were chosen for their color when flowering and their availability at garden centers. Maintenance included mowing, fertilizing, spraying, pruning and watering. But we now know that native plants can endure without synthetic chemicals or fertilizer, or much watering or labor, once established. And that insects that depend on native plants are important food for birds. Knowing this, gardeners can take steps to promote sustainability in their landscapes. It involves how you use your property – everything you own. Here are some key steps that will help you create a sustainable gardening culture and promote renewable energy:

Southern California Natives

Theodore Payne's 2013 native plant garden tour,0,7268307.story

Don't spoil salvia. Cut back on food and water to get the most out of native sage.

Salvias for San Diego gardens.

butterfly gardens

Gardening for the Bees


Miniature plants fill small niche in yard

January 21, 2007

Local gardens prove to be fertile ground for good ideas

January 07, 2007



Identifying California Lizards

Pest Control




Pocket Gophers

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service NREM-9001 Controlling Pocket Gophers


Spring is the time to control Gophers - UCCE Sonoma Count

Meadow Voles and Pocket Gophers: Management in Lawns, Gardens, and Cropland

Controlling Pocket Gophers in Nebraska

Living with Wildlife Pocket Gophers

“Au revoir, Gopher!”: Tried and True Ways to Get Rid of Gophers.

Effects of Pocket Gopher Burrowing on Archaeological Deposits: A Simulation Approach

insect pests

How To Control Leaf Miners neem

Citrus Psyllid

Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate

Pyrethroids are, essentially, man-made versions of pyrethrins. Permethrin is one of those man-made copies of the natural insecticide. Pyrethrin comes from a daisy-like plant found in Africa and Australia.






August chores for home gardeners August 2020

In the Garden. July 2008

In the garden. August 3, 2008


October and April should be the two busiest months in San Diego-area gardens. Cool-season flowers and vegetables can be planted with great success this month. Weather-wise, conditions are usually ideal for working in the garden. Plants thrive in our warm days and cool evenings and the soil stays warm, which gets new plants off to a good start. Although you won't be able to enjoy their color until next spring, October is a choice month for planting perennials. By planting them now, they will develop a strong root structure during our cool weather and then burst into glorious color in the spring.

September should be an exciting month in San Diego-area gardens. The middle of the month marks the start of our fall gardening season. Here, you can plant a huge array of cool-season vegetables and flowers. September is also the beginning of our bulb planting season. A number of bulb selections may be planted this month, although some should not be planted until October or November. Even the bulbs for later planting can be purchased this month while they are fresh, before being pawed over in the bins. Store them in a cool, dry area for later planting.

Cool weather doesn't mean saying goodbye to your garden. August 3, 2008. It is time to plant your 2008 autumn vegetable garden. What are the cool-season vegetables to include in your autumn garden? Choose from the following: beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage (including Chinese cabbage), carrots, cauliflower, celery, celtuce, chard, collards, cress, endive, escarole, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas (including edible-podded and sugar snap peas), potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, salsify, shallots, spinach and turnips. Most of the above will have to be planted from seeds, but some, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery and onions are available as transplants at most local nurseries. You will save about six weeks of growing time by using transplants.

Autumn is a cool time to garden


Vegetable Gardens


Turns Out 'Eating Local' Doesn't Do Much for the Planet

Native Foods Make A Comeback In Southwest.

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen grow food, keep chickens, brew, bike, bake, and plot revolution from their 1/12-acre farm in the heart of Los Angeles. They are the the authors of The Urban Homestead and Making It.

3D printed bug-repellent protects your plants.

Growing Vegetables Upside Down.

Victory gardens sprout up again. People are borrowing an old wartime concept to lessen the need for mass-produced food, reduce pollution and build a sense of community.,0,7167635.story

The Science of Gardening. How evidence-based growing beats relying on old wives' tales.

With proper preparation and know-how, even newbies can harvest a bumper crop of satisfaction along with their homegrown veggies -- and maybe save some money.,0,1979735.story

Homegrown harvest. Three local kitchen gardens show that you can do it, too.

You can create a garden that's dirt cheap. Making the most out of the least.

A kitchen garden can grow year-round. With great California weather, a small plot for growing vegetables can keep you in fresh produce all year long.,0,7442391.story


Like all seeds, spinach germination takes place in three stages: soaking up moisture, growing new cells inside the seed, and finally the emergence of the radicle, or sprout. Several studies have shown that spinach germination rates are higher and more uniform when the second stage is prolonged a bit, in an oxygen-rich atmosphere, before the seeds move on to a full sprout. Scientists call this process "priming," and it’s easy to do at home. About a week before planting, soak spinach seeds in room temperature water for 24 hours. Place the wet seeds on a paper towel, and allow to dry at room temperature for a day or two. Shift the seeds to an airtight container, and keep in a cool place for up to a week. The primed seeds will retain enough moisture to complete the first two stages of germination. After planting, primed spinach seeds germinate in only 5 days, compared to 10 or more for seeds straight out of the packet.

Spinach is a cool-season vegetable that grows rapidly and with the highest quality at temperatures of 55° to 60°F with medium day lengths. The seed can germinate between 32° and 60°F and young plants withstand temperatures as low as 18° without damage.

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts will reach maturity 80 to 90 days after transplanting and 100 to 110 days after seeds are sown.

Peace Rose Garden


You can use fast-growing micro-green seeds like Chinese cabbage (Kogane), kale (Red Russian), kohlrabi (O.P. purple), mustard (Golden Frill, Ruby Streaks), pac choi (Red Choi, Kinkoh), radish (Daikon, Hong Vit, purple radish), spinach, and lettuce. Slow-growing greens like carrot, celery, chard (Ruby Red), amaranth (Garden Red), basil (dark opal), beets (Bull’s Blood, Early Wonder), peas (Dwarf Grey Sugar), arugula and fennel (Magnafena) can take up to three to four weeks for harvest. Browse through seed catalogs for prepackaged salad mixes.

Fruit Trees

Growing white sapote, like custard cups on a tree.,0,603671.story

Public Gardens



red bougainvillea vine


California cactus garden: 112 plants of prickly, potted beauty,0,1593350.story

Succulent compositions enhance the mid-mod look


Norfolk Island Pine -- Araucaria heterophylla.

House Plants

Tradescantia zebrina, formerly known as Zebrina pendula, is a species of spiderwort more commonly known as an inch plant or wandering jew, native to the Gulf Coast region of eastern Mexico. The common name is shared with closely related varieties T. fluminensis and T. pallida.

spring, wild flowers

Wildflower Update for March 8, 2008