May 19, 1990 |
We're approaching gardening all wrong. In the fourth year of a drought, headed into a bone-dry summer, and with no assurance that next year will be any wetter, we continue to squander half our water consumption on landscaping. And half of that on grass that no one ever sets foot on. Water districts and "xeriscape" architects who landscape with drought-resistant plants warn us that these landscaping habits are wasteful and could lead to mandatory water rationing.
March 24, 1990 |
The competition is tense. The rules are exacting. One little slip and you're out. This is a gardening contest? Yes--and not just any old garden-variety one. It's a Gardening Club of America garden show, sanctioned by one of the oldest gardening groups in the country and stricter than you ever may have imagined. All the attention to detail makes it tough for exhibitors but wonderful for visitors, who can see dozens of perfect, unusual specimens during an afternoon's visit to a GCA show.
HOME & GARDEN
June 30, 1990 |
Sharon Whatley likes to know what her family is eating. And it's not always easy to find out. "There is no way to tell what is sprayed on vegetables and fruit before they get to the supermarket, and I wanted to have control over that," said the Tustin resident. She started a garden in her back yard six years ago to ensure that her family ate only naturally grown, chemical-free produce. Then the bugs invaded her pure environment.
April 21, 1990 |
After a year of high hopes and planning, the children in Barnsdall Junior Art Center classes have planted a new hilltop Urban Garden in time for an Earth Day Festival dedication at noon Sunday. But it is the children, not so much the plants, who are rising to the occasion since NASA space-exposed seeds planned for their "tomato testing" garden were bypassed due to possible toxicity of the resulting fruit.
September 25, 1990 |
Just like many of us, a lot of the lush flowers and plants in California are immigrants too. And just like many of us, they often do better here than they did in their native lands. Which brings us to the drought and how it's affecting the multibillion-dollar California lawn and garden business. Californians spent $4.2 billion last year on gardening and landscaping, and that represents 26% of the national total, according to the California Assn. of Nurserymen.
September 2, 1999 |
Readers often have their own solutions to problems posed in the Garden Q&A column. Here are a couple of recent ones that are well worth passing along. Squirrel Solution When one reader asked how to keep squirrels away from fruit trees, we suggested the (admittedly imperfect) solutions of repellents and bird netting. But a reader, Ron Thomson of West Los Angeles, wrote to say he had the perfect solution and sent along some snapshots to prove it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1994 |
The regional water district is offering free classes in Garden Grove on Feb. 22 to teach landscape workers and gardeners about water conservation techniques. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is sponsoring the three-hour courses, which will be offered in English and Spanish. The classes will be led by staff from the Irrigation Technology Research Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The classes will include a one-hour discussion of the relationships of soil, plants and water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1987 |
Nell Wilkerson shook her head in disbelief a few weeks ago when she saw workers blocking out neat rows of redwood-framed vegetable plots in the middle of the sprawling Nickerson Gardens public housing project. "What fool is going to be out here trying to grow greens in this park?" said Wilkerson, 44, who has lived eight years in the South Los Angeles subsidized apartment complex notorious for its high crime rate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1995 |
Pumpkins, cucumbers and daisies will soon be part of the setting at Plainview Elementary School when students and teachers till a hardened, weed-filled plot of land on campus into rich garden soil. The school plans to grow a multipurpose garden that will teach students lessons in cultivation and community awareness. Groundbreaking ceremonies will be Wednesday.
April 1, 1999 |
This classic combination of tomatoes with cream and herbed bread crumbs is a quick accompaniment to steaks, lamb chops, roast chicken or fish. The tomatoes should be fork tender and the crumbs nicely browned when the dish is taken from the oven. Lecso (pronounced LETCH-o) is a savory stew or sauce of tomatoes and Hungarian peppers. Traditionally, it's flavored with smoked bacon, but this low-fat vegetarian version gets its smokiness from mesquite cooking spray.