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California Natives

Planting California Native Plants

Here is the way to plant native plants (Best time to plant: in November) Native plants like best to be planted in plain, native, un-amended soil. Amended... Read more »
Native Plants Suitable For Planting Near A Coastal Lagoon

Native Plants Suitable For Planting Near A Coastal Lagoon

SHRUBS Adenostoma fasciculatum—Chamise Most abundant shrub in some local coastal chaparral, often called “Chamise chaparral”. Known for spring bloom but often flowers in... Read more »

Vegetables & Fruits

Tomato

Tomato

Tips And Hints For Growing Easy-Care Warm-Season Crops Planting months: March-July Spacing: 12 inches apart, rows 6 feet apart Special Tips: Don’t prune along the coast,... Read more »

Potatoes and Brown Spots

Question to Pat: Potatoes have the brown spots starting. Sprayed with worm tea this week. Don’t like the idea of copper spray…. holding off.... Read more »

Pests

Nematodes

Question from Vicki: I have nematodes in my garden. is it safe to eat the vegetables if there are nematodes in the roots? Are there any vegetables tht... Read more »
Getting Rid of Citrus Pests

Getting Rid of Citrus Pests

Question from Jon: I have something here that I need some advice on. I have attached 3 photos of a branch on my Meyer Lemon tree. I have a steady stream of ants crawling on just... Read more »

Garden Q & A

Invasive roots

Invasive roots

Q. How can we prevent roots from shrubs from invading our sick looking fruit trees? A. Invasive roots are a serious problem in California, especially in old gardens. The best... Read more »

Mandarine Oranges/Southern California

Question from Sari: What kinds of soils would you recommend for growing MANDARINE ORANGES near the beach in Southern California?  Are there any  special... Read more »

Herbs

Tarragon and Thyme

Question from Dee: This is my first garden this year so I really don’t know what I Am doing.I buy tarragon and Thyme every year and put it in pots.I... Read more »
Pruning Lavendar

Pruning Lavendar

Question from Heather: I live near the coast. When is the best time to prune back lavendar? I did it a few months back, but not aggressively. Now they are even larger, too big... Read more »

Pots & Containers

Organic fertilizers for indoor plants

Organic fertilizers for indoor plants

Jun. 23 | Question from Randy: I would like to know what is a good indoor plant food? I’m going to start worm composting and am now composting my yard clippings etc. but am unsure... Read more »

Container Lemon Tree

Mar. 2 | Question from Diane: I’m hoping you can help me with my container lemon tree. I have a 2 year old lemon tree that I transplanted from a 14” to an... Read more »

Composting

Pre-Compost or Trench Composting

Jul. 19 | Question from Sharon: I’m here on the central coast of CA and we have citrus trees, pomegranate, and fig in our yard. No official compost pile yet,... Read more »
Spent Brewery Grains as Compost or Soil Amendment

Spent Brewery Grains as Compost or Soil Amendment

Aug. 14 | Question from Ica: My friend is a brewmaker and has tons of the filtered barley grains they use to make beer. Would this be a good soil admendment? Also should it be composted... Read more »

Fertilizer

Epson Salts

Epson Salts

Sep. 9 | Question from Philip: I attended your lecture in April 2011 with the Master Gardeners where you mentioned to use Epson Salts on peppers. I did and the results are amazing, I have... Read more »

Terr-O-Vite vs Organic Fertilizers

Aug. 30 | Question from Dave: Your book recommends the use of Terr-O-Vite for so many things. I live in Thousand Oaks and can’t seem to find it. I don’t... Read more »