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  • Home composting has environmental benefits

    Home composting has environmental benefits
    I'm feeling a little guilty about starting a compost pile for my kitchen scraps. Don't landfills need organic "trash" sources to counterbalance the inorganic trash? Compost guilt-free. Organic matter in landfills decomposes in an anaerobic (oxygen-poor)...
  • Suzanne Goin, Anne Willan among finalists for IACP cookbook awards

    Suzanne Goin, Anne Willan among finalists for IACP cookbook awards
    Three Southern California authors are among the finalists for the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals’ annual cookbook awards. In the announcement Tuesday morning, Suzanne Goin was honored for “The A.O.C. Cookbook”, Anne...
  • How to brighten your home with a windowsill garden

     How to brighten your home with a windowsill garden
    Outside, your garden's plants and colorful blooms are long gone while cold temperatures take over. This may not be a gardener's favorite time of the year, but it doesn't mean you have to let the winter blues get you down. In fact, I have a solution that...
  • Stretch the limits of winter hardiness in your garden

    Winter blasts of arctic cold always catch me by surprise. No matter how many times they occur each winter -- and we had two in January -- I never get used to sudden temperature plunges. Maybe it is just denial; I dream of all the plants I could grow if...
  • Heaths and Heathers for Winter Interest

     
    Heaths and heathers can add year round interest to your yard. These evergreen members of the Ericaceae family are best suited to the milder winters of England or the Pacific Northwest, but some can certainly be grown here as well.......
  • 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...
  • February plant of the month: Everglades tomato

     February plant of the month: Everglades tomato
    February's plant of the month is the Everglades tomato. Grow your own tomatoes year-round? You bet. This swamp-dwelling native grows like a weed and doesn't mind heat or drought. The Everglades tomato, also known as the currant tomato, is well adapted...
  • Deer don't have to ruin your evergreen trees

    Deer don't have to ruin your evergreen trees
    Deer have stripped all the leaves off my evergreen and my Nellie Stevens holly. Will they grow back, or should I cut them down? Some evergreen species tolerate deer "pruning" well and put out new growth in spring, although lower branches won't bounce...
  • If Flowers Could Speak

    If Flowers Could Speak
    Everyone knows flowers can’t talk but for centuries they have been the silent messengers of assorted sentiments. Expressions of love, pride and anger have been exchanged between mythical goddesses, Romantic poets, Victorian lovers and modern...
  • 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...
  • Florida Phyllis Says No More Winter

    Florida Phyllis Says No More Winter
    Maybe it was the light cloud cover or the fog that quickly rolled in on Sunday morning but Florida Phyllis, the local groundhog prognosticator, did not see her shadow. In fact she stayed out all day to greet visitors as they drove by. Unlike her...