July 14, 1996
Dome Village for the Homeless in downtown Los Angeles will host organic gardening workshops on the last Saturday of each month, beginning July 27. Noted organic gardener Andy Lopez will teach the six-hour courses in the center's food gardens, starting at 10 a.m. The workshops are fund-raising events. The proceeds benefit this one-of-a-kind transitional housing complex for homeless individuals.
HOME & GARDEN
May 27, 1995 |
While many gardeners today cite great taste and avoiding chemicals as reasons to grow their own food, there is another important reason: It's cheaper. Even with the toil and time spent--typically five or six hours a week after the garden is planted--gardeners say they are genuinely saving money when they grow it themselves. Keeping costs down in the garden, resulting in cheaper food than can be bought at the grocery store, is not difficult, they say. Most items, beyond seed, can be scrounged.
February 2, 1995 |
Today, Earthwatch has two lifestyle ideas for the environmentally minded. One is for the indoor-type of environmentalist, the other for the outdoor-type. Reese Martin, a Ventura resident who works for The Gas Co., keeps up with environmental business news via his computer at his office in Oxnard.
January 5, 1995 |
Families that have experienced the malathion spraying in west Ventura County should "wash the environment in the back yard before they let out the pet turtle or uncover the goldfish pond," said organic gardening expert Andy Lopez. "Then your job is to get the normal back yard creatures to move back so nature can do her thing." Lopez is part of a nationwide movement promoting back yards as wildlife habitats--even sites for what has been called a "back yard safari."
December 4, 1994 |
QUESTION: I hate to use chemical sprays in my garden, because I fear they may kill birds or other good creatures or damage the environment. Can you at least mention organic alternatives? ANSWER: I resort to sprays in my garden only when it is absolutely necessary, and that amounts to about once or twice a year. At times I've tried various concoctions recommended by organic gardening enthusiasts, but I must admit my success rate is rather low with them.
December 1, 1994 |
Are you on the lookout for some gardening and landscaping tips for the holidays? Nature has decreed that this is the season to be sowing seeds, planting bulbs and fertilizing your lawn. Even if the custom in the "old country"--those colder states--decrees that it's time to be sitting around the hearth or TV set, in Southern California it's time to get into the sunshine and do something else.
HOME & GARDEN
November 19, 1994 |
Growing things without using synthetic fertilizers or insecticides is gaining new attention, but it is a very old concept. In the years before chemicals were introduced, there was no way to garden but organically. "It's ridiculous to say that crops won't thrive without chemicals," said Mike McGrath, editor in chief of Organic Gardening magazine. "True gardening is growing without the use of chemicals. People who go out and soak the garden with chemicals aren't gardeners, they're mad scientists."
HOME & GARDEN
November 19, 1994
1. Most insects are bad news and should be eliminated from the garden in order to preserve plant health. 2. Organic gardening can be less expensive than going the chemical route. 3. When a food package reads "certified organically grown," you can be assured that the food was grown organically. 4. Organic pesticides are all natural and therefore nontoxic and completely safe. 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1994 |
Vegetables are those ubiquitous objects that conjure up a wide variety of thoughts and emotions--from the dread of children to adults' hope for a fountain of youth or a cure for their ailments. They have been a motivation for genetic research and a boon to the petrochemical industry. They are the inspiration of cartoon characters such as Popeye.