CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996
A serene 10-acre retreat, set down like a paradox in the middle of Encino in a well-to-do-neighborhood. The grounds are lush with oaks and pines, roses and birds of paradise, fruit trees and isolated garden paths and duck pond.
July 17, 2011 |
Question: I just rented a cottage on a lot that includes fruit trees in the backyard. I was looking forward to living here but the woman who owns the cottage is ruining my peace and quiet. She lives nearby and everyday, without any warning, goes into the yard to tend to the fruit trees. I feel that I cannot go out into the yard because she is hanging around so often, which means I have lost the use of the backyard for which I am paying. When I complained to her, she pointed out that my rental agreement allows her to enter the yard any time she feels it is necessary.
February 23, 1997 |
QUESTION: I cannot get a straight answer from any nurseryman as to the value of composted steer manure as a mulch or a soil amendment. Aware of its high salt content, I have soaked it in a bottomless trash can before use, or rototilled it directly into the soil. Am I inviting eventual problems? --J.L., Orange ANSWER: You are right about the high salt content.
January 20, 2000 |
Things to do this week: Plant bare root vegetables. Roots of artichoke, asparagus and rhubarb are at nurseries this month, and it's an inexpensive way to plant them. You'll also find transplants of many winter vegetables, such as broccoli and lettuce, plus bulbs of garlic, onion and shallots. This is not a good month to sow seed in the garden because the chilly nights make germination difficult. Spray fruit trees again. Spray deciduous fruit trees--peaches in particular--for the second time this winter.
January 20, 2000 |
Things to do this week: * Plant bare root vegetables. Roots of artichoke, asparagus and rhubarb are at nurseries this month, and it's an inexpensive way to plant them. You'll also find transplants of many winter vegetables, such as broccoli and lettuce, plus bulbs of garlic, onion and shallots. This is not a good month to sow seed in the garden because the chilly nights make germination difficult. * Spray fruit trees again.
March 10, 2011 |
Sometimes, the peach on a backyard tree is just a peach, a sweet, home-grown bonus. In certain circles of Altadena, though, that peach is a gateway fruit. One tree becomes three, which becomes an orchard. The quest for organic fertilizer leads to a flock of chickens, which beget a garden. Before you know it, there's a herd of goats out front, heritage turkeys in back, a beehive, a rabbit hutch and a guard llama. This isn't just growing your own, a few clay pots on a condo balcony, say, or a tomato patch next to the rose bed. It's full-on urban homesteading, people raising fruit, produce and livestock in the city, and nowhere in Southern California has it taken off like in Altadena.
May 14, 1989 |
Here are some of the most popular landscaping design trends in Southern California: Mediterranean--The California interpretation tends to be an informal, cool oasis that often includes a courtyard and water. Hardscape: Courtyards, fountains, arches, wrought iron, tile, adobe, Slumpstone, light colors. Softscape: palm trees, succulents, fruit trees, bougainvillea, aloe, red-hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria) . Xeriscape--Features use of drought-tolerant plantings, not all native to this area, that still provide an overall lush appearance.