I will always fondly remember visiting my aunt and uncle at their cave, feeling like a wild child, almost a Flintstone.
Many admit that they would love to have plants in their house but they fear they have a black thumb. "I can't even grown cacti," one friend confessed. As you can imagine, the #1 question that I get asked is "What plants won't I kill?"
Are your needy, thirst-driven, water-demanding garden plants wilting beneath the sun's relentless rays like last night's limp, leftover linguini? Hang in there, pilgrim. There's a better solution.
Saving seeds doesn't only help improve agricultural biodiversity, but helps farmers and researchers find varieties of crops that grow better in different regions, especially as the impacts of climate change become evident.
Throughout the growing season I love walking through my flower garden. Even from one day to the next subtle changes catch my eye with amazement. But a midsummer walk reveals a landscape unique to that time of the year.
I'm not sure what All My Sons has in common with Antony and Cleopatra, or Molly Sweeney with Dickens in America; but the first four plays of the American Players Theatre season in Spring Green, Wisconsin, were clearly chosen with cross-referencing in mind.
Worldwide, we are committing ecocide through our globalized gardens, due in no small part to the highly successful distribution systems of large companies selling mostly non-native plants.
So the next time you look at that errant chair or another household item and think "Craigslist," hold on. Take a moment to do a mental audit of your friends' homes, then offer it to someone for what it is: something you think they might like.
My vision was to make this the summer of learning how to garden. I was motivated by an obsession with peas -- I love fresh peas so I thought, I'm going to grow fresh peas.
If dandelions are the devil's spawn, blackberries are the devil's much meaner, delinquent big brother.
South L.A. has a history of turning moments of crisis into ones of promise. The closure of Ralphs represents an opportunity to insist on something better, and to organize ourselves to make those demands a reality.
How can one gardener grow perfect plumerias year after year while a close neighbor fails with them? Or why does one vegetable plot produce perfect tomatoes in October, while another just down the street nearly always freezes out two weeks earlier.
The best part, other than the yummy taste of a homegrown, pesticide-free perfect tomato, has been getting to know my pal Mark through working on the garden with him.
Last week we covered the principles of building a vertical garden, but no living wall is complete without some knowledge in choosing the best plants for the system.
As a city dweller of nine years, I've come to realize that I now rely entirely on others to fetch, forage and farm my food. Sure, I cook for myself and grow some key herbs, but besides that, I am completely reliant on others for my daily dose of nutrition.
Even mighty oak trees start their lives as tiny acorns. If you have the room, the climate and the patience to grow an oak from an acorn, here's how to do it.