Category Archives: Gardens

Keep on top of aphids!

Check plants regularly to stop an infestation of pests The bugbear for most summer gardeners is aphids. Be it general green or blackfly or specific species such as woolly aphids, they aren’t just annoying but can also be dangerous to plants. They’re carriers of disease, transporting moulds and other afflictions around our gardens, often able […]

Here’s a free resource to help create drought-tolerant, water-wise landscaping in your home garden

As Southern California gardeners select drought-friendly plants and keep water conservation in mind, it also would be wise to not forget about maintenance. Organizational and upkeep tips can help avoid the hits and misses. And for those with questions or who simply like doing things by the book, there are plenty of options including a […]

Nature’s art: How to create interior design pieces from what’s in the garden

Bringing elements from the backyard into the home is easier than it seems. Try thinking out of the box with fun plant combinations and planters. (Photo courtesy “Tiny Tabletop Gardens” by Emma Hardy and photographer Debbie Patterson for CICO Books) Don’t limit yourself to the backyard when it comes to being green. While most gardeners […]

For backyard kitchens, the sky’s the limit

This homeowner decided to take advantage of his “backyard” scenery — Malibu — and install an outdoor kitchen from Kalamazoo. (Photo courtesy Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet) Whether you grill, barbecue, smoke or saute, cooking outdoors seems to add a special flavor to whatever is being served. With the summer grilling season here (July is National Grilling […]