Liquid Gypsum by Soil Logic

California Natives

California Pepper tree

Question from Linda: Hi, Am helping my cousin landscape her yard in San Diego and she says that nothing she’s tried will grow in the ground under... Read more »
Native Plants Of Southern California’s Coastal Zones

Native Plants Of Southern California’s Coastal Zones

These are plants adapted to Mediterranean climate, drought-resistant plants, that can survive in coastal California zones on natural rainfall in winter alone. Pinus torreyana—Torrey... Read more »

Vegetables & Fruits

Raised Beds Soil

Raised Beds Soil

Question from Libby: I would like to improve the quality of the soil in my raised vegetable beds. I read in your book about layering alfalfa, manure,bonemeal and blood meal and... Read more »

Bartlett Pear Tree in So Cal

Question from Shane: My family loves pears and when my wife saw a Bartlett Pear tree at a local Southern California garden center, she bought it. Well... Read more »

Pests

Root Nematod

Question from Tef: I came across your video would these seeds or any marigold seeds work in my perlite beds I do alot of cuttings and than root them how... Read more »
Gray scaly bark on Crape Myrtle

Gray scaly bark on Crape Myrtle

Question from Jonnie: My crepe myrtle was purchased with a gray scaly bark = it looks like fungus.  What organic spray can I use to rid the plant of this fungus. What kind of... Read more »

Garden Q & A

Flowering Cherry Trees for Mediterranean Climates

Flowering Cherry Trees for Mediterranean Climates

Question from Faith: Just came across your website–I am considering planting a flowering cherry tree so timing is perfect. I live in Southern California. Could you tell... Read more »

Heesey Residence Slope Failure

Question from Denise: Dear Pat….these are the problems I emailed you about… they have since been cleaned over and jute stapled on….I... Read more »

Herbs

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... Read more »
Cilantro

Cilantro

Question from Christina: I have cilantro in a container outside…the problem is, it’s leaves have turned purple. I don’t know what I am doing wrong and can’t... Read more »

Pots & Containers

Container Lemon Tree

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 18” pot in early January.... Read more »

How to Divide Clivia

Mar. 2 | Question from Roger: My clivia is huge. It been in it’s current pot since 2005. It is getting to big to move and manage. How do I split it. I’ve... Read more »

Composting

Horse Manure Compost

Apr. 2 | Question from Dave: I have a very reliable and steady source of horse manure (1 quarter horse, 1 draft horse and 1 shetland pony) and an equally reliable... Read more »
Difference Between Compost and Top Soil

Difference Between Compost and Top Soil

Apr. 9 | Question from Karen: What is the difference between compost and top soil and do you need both when amending the soil in your yard? Answer from Pat: When you purchase something... Read more »

Fertilizer

Fruit Tree Nutrients

Fruit Tree Nutrients

Apr. 20 | Question from Tom: I have planted many varieties of citrus and stone fruits in my yard within the last year. They are all low chill selections and should do well in the Rancho... Read more »

Humic Acid

Apr. 12 | Question from Maureen: How often do you recommend applying humic acid? I did purchase from Peaceful Valley. I put it in my veggie garden before planting... Read more »