“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.
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
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.
When considering replacing water-hungry plants for those that use less water, you can’t go much wrong if you look at natives.
One of the troubling side effects of the California drought is the increasing use of invasive plants by landscapers and home owner desperate to plant low-water users.
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to look at your irrigation and figure out how to keep plants alive without using lots of water. Here are five things to try.
The warm temperatures are telling us it’s time to plant our summer gardens, but some of us are hesitating because of the drought, water restrictions and possible fines. So here are five tips on how to have a fruitful garden without a lot of water.