| Jul 28, 2014
This summer, a remarkable transformation has occurred:
I have become a fabulous gardener.
Or so I began to conclude, looking at my yard this year.
My relatively new shrubs and perennials, which by all rights by now I should have killed?
| Jul 27, 2014
| 3:00 AM
I was prepping the garden for my daughter's engagement party when it hit me. (We really like the guy, thanks for asking.)
I was inviting these strangers into the garden, but I was about to kick all the residents out.
The bugs, I mean.
I was all...
| Jun 8, 2014
You know it's spring in Wendy Croswell's garden when more than flowers begin to bloom.
It's truly gardening season when, and only when, six eastern box turtles — three males called Murtle, Flash and Fred and three females known as Ms. T, Tutu...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Every summer about this time, I spend a couple of days touring private gardens. And I get paid to do it. I am one of the judges of The Sun's annual Garden Contest, and it might be the best part of my job.
We receive between 30 and 60 entries each year,...
| Aug 15, 2014
Is there anything finer than a ripe tomato just picked from your own garden?
And now is the time for them, the early varieties have ripened, the cherry tomatoes are yielding, the Romas are just about perfect, and the heirlooms and others are...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 11:14 AM
Question: Our agapanthus flowered well this year and now have green seed pods at the ends of many stems. Do you plant the entire pod or open them to grow more agapanthus?
Answer: Agapanthus plantings, also known as lilies of the Nile, have flourished...
| 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...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:32 AM
There is often no justice in history. If there were, then the name Jens Jensen would be as familiar to us as those of Al Capone, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and some of the others who put their stamp on the city for a short time before moving on....
| Jun 13, 2014
Gerald Earles' son stopped by to visit him a few days ago and told him, once again, that it was time to move.
Pop, his son admonished, you need to live somewhere more suitable for folks your age, a place where you can look out and see ducks, a pond,...
| 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...