February Rain Brings Growing Opportunities for Southern California Gardeners

With February being the rainiest month of the year in southern California, even an average rainfall (with or without El Nino) will give gardeners an excellent opportunity to plant and prepare their gardens for spring. Add Color: By February, flowers are looking worse for wear, especially if temperatures dip below freezing. Remove dead flowers from existing plants and add already-blooming annuals such as pansies, violas, primrose, snapdragons and calendulas to keep flower gardens looking fresh.

Do’s and Don’ts of Planting Trees and Shrubs

In the last article entitled Outdoor Rooms, we imagined a lovely setting in your backyard. Just to refresh you memory, we posed a tranquil setting under a shady tree with two Adirondack chairs, a fire pit and a garden which eventually came away from the border to surround a flowering specimen tree or bush. In this article I would like to discuss the do’s and don’ts of planting that specimen tree that will determine its survival for years to come.

Aquaponics Systems: DIY

Buying a pre-made aquaponics system can cost you thousands of dollars, but there is a more cost effective method. This is actually an ecosystem that is quite simple to replicate. The following will guide you through how to build one of your very own rather cheaply and it will work just as effectively as one that was pre-made.

Fun Holiday Garden Games for Kids

The holidays are upon us so the children are home and need lots of attention. If you are not going away for the holiday, staying at home is not such a bad idea after all. There are great outdoor games and fun stuff to do for the kids whether you have a small of huge garden. With so many weeks stretching ahead, without having to spend any money, make sure they are having lots of fun at home.

How to Decorate Your Garden for the Holidays

Decorating your garden with all kinds of festive decor for the holidays will add cheer to your home. You can decorate the outside of your home as festive as you do on the inside. You can make a big difference by decorating your garden with Christmas decorations and by restoring your tiles to compliment your efforts.

What to Do If Plants Wake Up Too Early in the Winter

While some swelling of buds is normal, seeing them swell and open is something else entirely. Here’s what you need know if your shrubs and trees are waking too early in the season.

Basic Ideas for Landscaping Your Tiny Front Yard

One of the most important aspects of landscape design, and this definitely applies to small spaces, is creating a front entrance that is inviting and curb appeal that is attractive and adds value to a home. Even if your front entrance is small, you can have a beautiful front entrance.

Spring Gardening Begins in March

While spring officially begins March 20, the just completed warm (sometimes hot) February means gardeners in southern California need to get an early start to the growing season. Add Plants That Attract Good Bugs: Attract good bugs (ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies) to your yard by adding plants they love. Plants that appeal to good bugs are yarrow, dill, fennel, marigolds, coriander and buckwheat.

Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Aquaponics Working

Aquaponics involves rearing water-based animals like fish along with plants. It is a controlled environment that maximizes the use of nutrients and energy. This makes it possible to produce a lot of fish protein and vegetables in a small space using little water. Proper maintenance is required to keep the aquaponics system running smoothly.

A Rock Garden Or An Alpine Garden?

What’s the difference between a rock and an alpine garden? Well… an alpine is often a rock garden, but a rock garden isn’t necessarily an alpine garden. The difference is alpine plants are typically plants found in mountainous regions.

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