| May 10, 2014
| 5:10 PM
I trudged once again out into the garden, where I have been cultivating dead tomato plants.
This was not the original plan. The original plan — call me a dreamer — was to grow live tomato plants that would bear actual tomatoes.
I stared at...
| May 15, 2014
We had our first fight about the garden the other day. Well, not a fight exactly, but there were words.
There we were, in the kitchen looking into the backyard, out at that gorgeous square of rich soil and the possibilities of the good earth.
| May 18, 2014
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...
| May 24, 2014
| 11:53 AM
| Feb 2, 2014
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...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 3:00 PM
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...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
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:...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 6:10 PM
Like more than a few of you, I endured the Late Unpleasantness — the winter — with all the resiliency and mental toughness of a certain Phillies relief pitcher, which means I fell to pieces toward the end.
Now, the pitcher in question can...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 12:02 PM
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...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 6:23 PM
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...
| Jun 14, 2009
•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...