Category : Plants & Planting Tips

What’s Growing Now: Alpine Strawberries, Sweet Treat Tomatoes & Ladybugs

  It was just last winter when I found this garden. I was out for a run on a nearby trail and there it was — a set of two, fabulous raised beds, neatly surrounded with deer fencing at the base…

0 Comments / 81 View / June 14, 2017

10 Best Kitchen Garden Herbs

  Imagine a garden that elevates everyday living, is a dose of medicine with every bite, and doubles as a pollinator haven. If you grow one thing — or, in this case, a handful of plants — that covers all these…

0 Comments / 580 View / May 15, 2017

How to Grow & Forage: Miner’s Lettuce

  Miner’s lettuce is in full swing here in California, especially after a much awaited for rainy winter. It’s growing with a zeal I’ve not seen in years and popping up in places I’d forgotten it grew, surprising me at…

0 Comments / 236 View / March 31, 2017

The Best Tomato Varieties

  With more than 10,000 tomato varieties to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are right for you. But the answer is simple. The best tomato varieties are the ones you have room and time to grow,…

2 Comments / 379 View / February 27, 2017

Transplanting Seedlings vs. Direct Sowing Seeds

  Should you chuck seeds straight into the garden or grow them in modules or seedling trays first? Knowing where and how to plant could be the factor that takes your garden from good to great. First, it’s important to…

4 Comments / 1302 View / February 8, 2017

What to Plant: How to Grow Chard

  If you’re planning your spring garden, put Swiss chard on the list. It’s not only delicious and easy to grow, it’s a super food packed with more nutrition than kale. (Yes, it’s true. Kale is good for you, and…

2 Comments / 231 View / January 2, 2017

How to Care For Amaryllis So It Blooms Again

  The trick to caring for amaryllis from one season to the next is to mimic its natural habits in nature. It’s a warm season perennial bulb that doesn’t require a period of cold to bloom. Growing up in coastal…

0 Comments / 533 View / December 4, 2016

Greens for Small Spaces

  Red and green leaf lettuce will always have a place at the table. So too will traditional romaine, but have you tried oak leaf lettuce, ‘Roxy’ or ‘Freckles’?  Or maybe arugula or Mizuna greens? There is an endless number…

0 Comments / 1893 View / October 26, 2016

September Garden Checklist

  I sometimes think that if months were siblings, September would be my favorite — especially when it comes to the garden. The high heat of mid summer is past and I can take my time puttering, cleaning up beds,…

0 Comments / 173 View / August 31, 2016

Grow Plants for Free: How to Propagate Rosemary From Cuttings

  Would you like to grow plants for free? When I was young, it was common for my mother to send me to the neighbors for a cutting of this or a clipping of that. Stems or other bits of…

0 Comments / 19678 View / August 2, 2016