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Gardening

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  • Fall training means you can join the ranks of green-thumb master gardeners

    Fall training means you can join the ranks of green-thumb master gardeners
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the national cooperative extension system — a fitting time to spotlight the master gardeners who play a large role in the organization's goals to assist and educate gardeners everywhere, especially in...
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  • Pruning brown fronds frees up palm foliage

    Question: I am about to prune my Washingtonia palm. Can I prune the fronds to the 10 to 2 o'clock position? Answer: It's palm jargon, but the fronds left after pruning are often compared to the face of a clock. In this instance it is suggested the fronds...
  • Turn fallen leaves into valuable landscape mulch

    Question: I saw your suggestion to turn leaves into mulch. How is this done? Is there a machine that helps? Answer: Many of us rake fallen leaves or gather bags of leaves set out by neighbors to use in our landscapes. This is a free source of mulch that...
  • Getting rid of grass is making homeowners' wallets greener

    If somehow you missed the news that California is drier than a stale tortilla, the Amber Alert signs have come to the rescue with highway bulletins like this one: "Serious drought, help save water." This is helpful to a point, I suppose, and I like...
  • Europe in bloom

    I head to Europe every spring, ready to start afresh on a new season of travel. It's an exciting time, as I dive into exhausting days of nonstop guidebook research and travel show filming. With age and wisdom, I've learned to take some of my own advice:...
  • Keep burning nettle under control — carefully

    Keep burning nettle under control — carefully
    Question: I have weeds in my yard with small leaves and scalloped edges that are causing me a lot of pain. If I brush up against them, I feel like I am on fire. What are they and how can they be controlled? Answer: Going barefoot is not going to be...
  • Still feeling that garden glow

    The faded newspaper clipping shows a small girl with a wide smile, holding a gigantic head of lettuce. The girl is me, in 1964. The lettuce was a prize-winning product of my first elementary school garden. That ancient photo — emailed to me this...
  • Fanflower

    •Scientific name: Scaevola aemula. •Growth habit: A sprawling evergreen perennial growing to 12 inches tall and twice as wide. The leaves are medium to dark green, obovate in shape, deeply toothed and growing to 2 inches long and half as...
  • Scarlet Hibiscus

    •Scientific name: Hibiscus coccineus. •Growth habit: A clump forming shrublike deciduous perennial with upright shoots growing to 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The leaves are medium to dark green with up to five fingerlike lobes and growing to...
  • Edible fig

    •Scientific name: Ficus carica. •Growth habit: A deciduous large shrub to small tree with a rounded shape and open branching habit growing to 12 feet tall and wide. The dark-green deeply notched leaves are rounded in shape and grow to 8...