Every year in late October, I notice strings of “silk” on fence posts, plants and even the sidewalk. My initial assumption was that it was caused by spiders, but one of my friends vehemently disagreed and said it was from plants. So of course, I had to look it up and find out the truth! […] Finish reading: Gossamer and Spiders in FallBugs in Your Garden
It’s October and time to get planting! It’s too late to plant some flowers from seed in USDA Zone 9, with a few exceptions. Sweet peas can be planted now until January. They are one of my favorite flowers and have an amazing scent. To speed up sprouting, soak sweet peas for 24 hours before you […] Finish reading: October-Plant Fall Flowers & Vegetables!
Every year I’m amazed at the fantastic leaf colors of gold, yellow, and deep orange, red and purple that decorate the trees in the neighborhoods of my town. The leaves fall to the ground slowly like confetti and leave the sidewalk looking so festive. Why Fall Color? It’s Science! Green leaves turn magical colors because […] Finish reading: Fall Color Leaves, Joy in the GardenFall Color Trees
The drought in California is well into its 3rd year. Many people have cut back on watering their landscapes and let their lawns die. Lawns are easy to replace, but landscape trees are not. Sprinkler water may be the only water landscape trees receive during summer. One of the symptoms of drought stress in trees […] Finish reading: Summer Fall Color: Drought StressFall Color Trees
It’s time for fall gardening! Fall doesn’t officially start this year until September 22nd, but late summer is a great time to start a fall garden in USDA zone 9. Leave a Comment I love hearing from fellow garden friends. What do you plant in fall? Please post where you live and your USDA zone […] Finish reading: Fall Garden Time is Here!Starting a Garden
About two weeks after I planted the seeds for my fall salad garden, tiny seedlings began to grow. From what I could tell, most of the carrot, lettuce and beet seedlings came up! Sadly, this meant I had to thin the seeds, which is always a tough decision. Who stays and who goes? Who lives […] Finish reading: Salad Garden Sprouts!Cedarcraft Planter Garden
Good things come to those who “plant” ahead. This includes seeing the lovely blossoms of spring bulbs. In many areas there is still time to plant. Check out this bulb planting chart (scroll down a page or so) to find planting times for your area. Visit your local nursery or garden center to pick out […] Finish reading: Plant Bulbs Now for Spring Color!
Fall is the time of year when deciduous trees begin to change color from green to gold, red, purple and brown. The term “deciduous” means to lose leaves each year. Before the leaves fall off, they often turn color as the green chlorophyll pigments fade away to unmask other pigment colors underneath. I’ve listed a […] Finish reading: Best Fall Color Plants
Some years ago on a beautiful fall day, I found myself without a lunch while volunteering in the University of California at Davis Children’s Garden. Annoyed that I had forgotten my food, I was loathe to leave the garden to bike all the way back to my apartment to get it. What I really needed […] Finish reading: Persimmons: Squishy vs. CrunchyHachiya vs Fuyu