December 7, 2012 |
Steven Wynbrandt sticks his hand deep beneath the layers of straw that blanket his enormous compost heap and pulls out a fistful of black gold, sweet and earthy. “Look at this soil,” Wynbrandt says with excitement as his fingers open, revealing his secret recipe for compost: decomposed dairy cow manure, alfalfa, yarrow, camomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian flowers. “I'm an alchemist.” PHOTOS: The Wynbrandt backyard As further proof that compost is to gardening these days what grass-fed beef and gluten-free gourmet foods are to the world of food, the Wynbrandt compost heap photographed by the Los Angeles Times would later sell through word of mouth for $1 a pound.
September 18, 2012 |
Actors Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have flown the coop in Malibu, selling their 1.73-acre fowl-friendly property for $2.3 million. The 2,300-square-foot renovated house features century-old oak floors, three bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. Custom-built sliding doors lead to multiple decks, an outdoor fireplace and sitting areas. There is a chicken coop, a horse corral, an organic garden and fruit trees on the gated lot. Spelling, 39, played Donna Martin in "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990-2000)
November 12, 2010 |
One of the rarest and most sought-after fruits, the Australian finger lime, has started showing up in significant quantities at the Santa Monica farmers market, creating a minor sensation. The fruit's appearance is enough to excite wonder: from the outside it looks like a little gherkin, but when sliced in half, the round, pearlescent juice vesicles ooze out of the fruit, like citrus caviar. The clean, fresh, tart lime-lemon taste is enticing enough, but the texture, crunchy and juicy, like citrus Pop Rocks, is even more prepossessing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2010 |
At least for one day, the students at Fremont Elementary School in Long Beach could be heard chanting, "Salad! Salad! Salad!" before lunch Tuesday. Maybe it helped that they had an audience, including their principal, the Long Beach mayor, a congresswoman, a county supervisor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. And maybe it helps that teachers and food services staff, parents and a volunteer chef had all worked to put the salad bar in place and will help keep it going.
June 7, 2010 |
What's a fair without rickety roller coasters and pie-baking competitions? How about wind power technology, Segway test rides and the nation's fastest vegetable oil-powered car. That's what attendees found at last weekend's Green Solutions Expo at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, the latest in a string of fairs focused more on the environment and eco-friendly innovation than on hog races, arts and crafts shows and deep-fried nostalgia....
HOME & GARDEN
May 12, 2010 |
Actor Bruce Davison and his wife, Michele, have put their remodeled Sherman Oaks home up for sale at $1.8 million. Originally built in 1959, the updated house has a two-story atrium entry, a media room, an exercise room, six bedrooms and five bedrooms in more than 5,200 square feet. A second floor in-law apartment has its own kitchen and entrance. The gated property, with a swimming pool, a spa, a gazebo and an organic garden, is on a cul-de-sac. The actor has owned the home since 1986 and oversaw the addition of the second floor, which was completed in 2003.