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May 19, 1990 | SHARON COHOON, Sharon Cohoon is a free-lance writer based in Huntington Beach
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.
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.
June 30, 1990 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, Julie Bawden Davis is a regular contributor to Home Design
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 | TEDDY COLBERT, Colbert is a free-lance writer in Los Angeles
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 | HARRY ANDERSON
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.
February 14, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
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.
November 25, 1987 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, Times Staff Writer
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.
February 4, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO
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.
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.
December 30, 1999 | ROBERT SMAUS
It could happen in your garden, though it's not very likely. The flowers or leaves of a plant suddenly might be a different color, or they may grow in a markedly different way. This genetic mutation is what's called a "sport." Sports often are propagated to become a new version of a familiar plant. This year there are three new roses that started life as sports, one in a Missouri backyard.
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