Is it possible to give gardening a try on a very small scale? For those who are new to this hobby or want a...

In the wilderness, fallen leaves, dead plants, bird and animal waste are continuously recycled by the myriad inhabitants of the soil. This ongoing process maintains adequate nutrient content in the soil. It is useful to note that Mother Nature does not practice intensi...

I hail from the lettuce capital of the nation, Salinas, California. The daytime highs in July and August are in the upper 60's with an afternoon wind blowing off the cold Pacific Ocean. Summertime lows are typically in the 40s but can dip into the upper 30s.  Lettuce t...

 The calendar says that it is almost spring, but frost won't be out of the forecast until mid-April. Fortunately there is plenty of work for gardeners eager to spend warm days out of doors.

The remnants of last year's growth can be removed from perennials. A weed whip m...

Less widely used than annuals which flower and fade in one season, biennials develop their leaves one year and flower the next. Why bother including these in the garden? They are simply wonderful plants. Some, such as parsley, are grown for their foliage. Others are cl...

Do you wish your flowers would come back year after year?  Perennials do.  

While annuals such as zucchini and marigolds flower, produce seeds and die in one season, perennials flower, produce new plants and return to do so for at least three years. The parts above...

​​The term "hardy annual" seems like an oxymoron. Annuals by definition sprout, flower and fade in one growing season. Perennials live at least three seasons, but cold tolerance varies. “Tender perennials" must be either used like annuals or overwintered in a protected...

Today, January 28, is the first day of the Lunar New Year. Though I do not celebrate this holiday, I have been aware of it since childhood. I grew up in California, and many of my classmates journeyed to celebrations in San Francisco, telling us about the festivities u...

Smith's Parish, a tea rose

We have started this year looking at roses which promise to be as easy to care for as other flowering shrubs. Let's take a closer look at Old Garden Roses (OGR). The American Rose Society defines these as belonging to rose classes in existence...

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