June 20, 2013 |
In their new book, "The Beautiful Edible Garden," designers Stefani Bittner and Leslie Bennett urge readers to create a stylish outdoor space using vegetables, fruits and herbs as key landscaping plants. Gardens should be stunning, they say - but also useful and productive. You can have both, assure the authors, co-owners of Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening in Oakland. You can balance aesthetics with bounty by using Bittner and Bennett's "swap" technique, which involves substituting a productive plant (one that you can harvest for food or flowers)
June 19, 2013 |
The annual Dwell on Design show returns to Los Angeles this weekend with some familiar features: prefab houses, Airstream trailers, the latest in green cars. But we're pleased to report the contemporary design expo has some new faces too -- furniture and accessories we spotted last month while covering New York Design Week . If you missed them the first time around, you can see the colorful stainless steel indoor-outdoor furnishings by the Salvadoran manufacturer MarkaModerna, inventive accessories by up-and-coming Norway design students, experimental furnishings in surprising materials by the Guatemala-based Fabrica, stunning blankets by Mandal Veveri and, at the end of the day, rest in a prototype of the comfortable reclining leather VAD AS chair. This year's Dwell on Design Artist in Residence is Tanya Aguiñiga , who will be assembling and making furniture and accessories on site for people living in transitional housing.
June 17, 2013
Garden Corn and Tomato Salad Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes * Vegetarian 5 ears corn 2 pounds tomatoes, diced 1 1/2 cups sliced green onions 1 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 teaspoon salt Lettuce leaves, for serving Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the corn and cook 3 minutes. Remove the corn from the pot and plunge into cold water to cover. Drain the corn, then slice the kernels from the cobs: Place each cob, stem end down, on the counter and, with a sharp knife, cut down on the cob. You'll have about 4 cups of corn.
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June 14, 2013 |
The faded newspaper clipping shows a small girl with a wide smile, holding a gigantic head of lettuce. The girl is me, in 1964. The lettuce was a prize-winning product of my first elementary school garden. That ancient photo - emailed to me this spring by an old classmate and gardening partner - is the reason my hands are stiff from pulling weeds and my kitchen counter stacked with home-grown zucchini right now. That photo sparked memories that rekindled an old passion. So I cleared out a spot in my yard this spring for a modest vegetable garden.
June 13, 2013 |
Ringo Starr was never known as a songwriting Beatle -- that honor went to John Lennon and Paul McCartney first, with George Harrison far behind. And far behind that was drummer Ringo. But now Starr, born Richard Starkey, is writing a children's book based on one of those rarities, the second song he ever wrote: "Octopus's Garden. " Simon & Schuster Children's Books will publish a picture book based on the song, which appeared on the Beatles album "Abbey Road," in October in Britain and January 2014 in the U.S. “It's an honor to publish such a music legend,” Jon Stewart, Simon & Schuster Childrens' Books president and publisher, said in a statement.
May 31, 2013 |
This contemporary Italianate villa in Thousand Oaks sits on 24 acres adjacent to the Sherwood Country Club. Its wrought-iron entry gates open to white-fenced pastures, expansive lawns and hills dotted with mature oak trees. Location: 578 W. Potrero Road, Thousand Oaks 91361 Asking price: $13.995 million Year built: 1986 House size: Four bedrooms, six bathrooms, 9,203 square feet Lot size: 24 acres Features: Wine cellar, glass-walled entertainment pavilion, private chapel, aviaries, stables, tennis court, lake, bonsai garden, bridges, 11 waterfalls.
May 6, 2013 |
For more than 40 years, medical marijuana advocate and longtime High Times advice columnist Ed Rosenthal has written about growing cannabis, selling more than 2 million books. He has worked to change state laws on medical marijuana and is a faculty member at the Oakland marijuana industry trade school, Oaksterdam University. But his new book, “Protect Your Garden,” is aimed at gardeners of all persuasions. For this edited Q&A, we talked with Rosenthal about his latest endeavor, which provides a well-balanced overview of the most common garden problems: pests, disease, malnutrition and environmental stress.
April 27, 2013 |
We recently stayed at Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. It's set in six beautifully landscaped acres, with a swimming pool, lake, ducks, blossoming cherry trees, Asian sculptures and large rooms with all the comforts you could want. Very reasonable rates and a helpful and gracious staff. Dinah's Garden Hotel, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; (650) 493-2844, http://www.dinahshotel.com . Lee Soskin Studio City
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April 25, 2013 |
Police shot a man in Garden Grove on Thursday night after he tried to run down officers with his vehicle, authorities said. Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department said the incident began about 8:15 p.m. when some undercover officers stationed near Beach and Garden Grove boulevards became worried about a driver who pulled up near them and was acting suspiciously. The undercover officers called for a marked police car to check out the situation because they feared the man driving the car would interfere with their surveillance, Nightengale said.
April 25, 2013 |
Not a rock goes unturned in Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren's new book, “The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance” ($34.95, Timber Press ). The authors give us context for the renewed interest in native gardening, describing what our land looked like before Native Americans settled here. They take us through the changes that came with European farming practices and bring us to our present state of concrete, lawns and imported ornamentals.