Summer may be almost over but the heat and the drought continue with no sign yet of the much anticipated El Niño. The headlines and sound bites offer only a drop in the bucket when it comes to understanding our serious drought, so here’s my list of required drought-related reading.Read More
Home & Garden
The editors at the Farmers’ Almanac have good and bad news for Californians. The good news? It’s going to be a mild winter. The bad? It’s going to be another dry one.
“A hobby gone wild.” That’s how Kim Thorpe describes Desert Creations, the novelty gift shop and well-stocked nursery that she and four friends from the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society opened in Northridge this past April. So far, she says, “business is going great.” Chalk it up to timing.Read More
Who says that nonstop flowering plants are every gardener’s dream? Sometimes foliage can just as easily make your day, your nighttime dreams and even your year, since a lot of memorable foliage happens to be evergreen so you are privileged to see it each time you step into your garden.Read More
Due to an overwhelming response, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California shut down its turf removal rebate program Thursday because it ran out of money, the district announced. The water agency burned through the last $150 million in the past seven weeks, after the board added $350 million toRead More
If you’re feeling guilty about having a mostly green lawn, here’s some news that could ease the guilt and even make you feel a bit noble.
As we try to cut down on water on the landscape, we may be tempted to buy chemicals, sprays and additives that purport to conserve water, but compost still is the best solution.
When Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to voluntarily conserve water by 20 percent, the response was an underwhelming savings of 9 percent. But since the summer of 2014 when the governor issued his call, the drought worsened. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached near zero on April 1, Southern CaliforniaRead More
Drip irrigation is the right choice for many gardens, and it can be as extensive and involved as you need, or a simple as attaching a timer and drip line to your backyard faucet.
If you’re like me, the thought of installing a drip irrigation system in your garden is akin to that dream where you realize you haven’t gone to algebra class all year and you need to show up today and take the final exam.