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Potato Beetles, You’re Busted!


In the garden, it helps to know your foes. Last week, we spotted some strange “bugs” on our tomato plants. Turns out that they’re larvae of the Colorado potato beetle. Because our potato crop is nearby, we wanted to take care of the problem right away. We put on gloves and scraped the larvae into […]

Keeping Sweet Potatoes Safe from Deer

Sweet potatoes

The last time we planted sweet potatoes, the deer in the area found the tiny plants almost immediately and ate them down to the soil line. This time, we’re playing defense with some lightweight deer fence, held in place with stakes. In addition to using a fence, we’re growing the plants in the Universal Grow Bag, which […]

When Life Gives You Lemons: The California Hybrid Garden


One of the joys of being a garden designer is that, you can conceptualize any environment and with some know-how and creativity. From there, you can translate that world into reality. Here in southern California, we have a unique set of circumstances that have left many homeowners (and designers!) baffled as to where to begin. […]

What’s Next for Your Garden? Start Dreaming!


What better way to begin the New Year than with a planting (or at least dreaming about) a new garden? Maybe you’re ready to revamp an existing garden. Or, maybe it’s simple: Plant some new, colorful pots on a patio or balcony to enjoy with a morning cup of tea. Whether your project costs $50, […]

Let the Growing Begin!


We're thrilled to be doing indoor gardening this winter! Posted by Bija Satterlee on Sunday, December 13, 2015 “This is for our spirits as much as for growing actual food.” For weeks, I’ve been thinking about starting some seeds, so it was sweet to get a video from a customer in Massachusetts who’s already started […]

Got Kale? Lots of Kale? Make Quiche!


It never fails: I plant too much kale. Not quite enough to give to the food shelf, but more than I can handle. Same goes for Swiss chard. And who hasn’t gotten a CSA share full of gorgeous leafy vegetables only to have her spirits sink and soar simultaneously. But I’ve done all I can: […]

Burnout: Trade Burning Bush for Superior Shrubs


Around here, burning bush (Euonymus alatus) has long been among the most popular of shrubs. During my years in sales at the garden center, it was among the top ten.  Everyone — even non-gardeners — seemed to know about it, probably because of its showy fall color. But attitudes toward the plant have changed in […]

Make Berry Syrup with Summer-Fresh Fruit


An abundance of raspberries and blueberries gave me an excuse to make some fresh fruit syrups this summer. With just three ingredients, these syrups are simple to make and easy to freeze or can — if you can stop yourself from using them immediately!

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