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Planning for New Vegetable Gardens
Planning for New Vegetable Gardens
How challenging is it to succeed with a new garden? Harder than you might expect even for experienced gardeners, but problems are solvable.
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Gardening as a Refuge in Troubled Times
Gardening as a Refuge in Troubled Times
If you haven’t felt it yet, undoubtedly you will at some point in the coming weeks and months: frustration, weariness, or the numbness that follows prolonged stress. When faced with perpetual uncertainty during the Coronavirus pandemic, with many options for relaxation and fun curtailed or unavailable, gardening may be one of the very best candidates […]
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Tree Care Tips for Gardeners
Tree Care Tips for Gardeners
How much does gardening knowledge apply to tree care? Some basics are the same, but other aspects are different from what herbaceous perennials and smaller ornamentals need in urban landscapes. Here are tips about some of the most-common tree issues and questions that I see in my professional work as a consulting arborist: How deep […]
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For LA Times Readers – Welcome to GardenZeus!
For LA Times Readers – Welcome to GardenZeus!
Congratulations! You’ve found our innovative website with gardening information for the unique climates, soils, and seasonality in California. Welcome to GardenZeus! Enter your zip code on our homepage then browse plants for customized gardening advice by zip code throughout Southern California. Our selection for Los Angeles zip codes includes many vegetables and selected ornamentals such […]
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Join Darren for a Discussion of Fruit Trees on this Gardenerd Podcast
Join Darren for a Discussion of Fruit Trees on this Gardenerd Podcast
Are you planting fruit trees correctly? Concerned because your peach trees and plum trees aren’t consistently bearing fruit? Having problems with pests and diseases that return year after year? These topics and many others are discussed in the September 5, 2019 Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast with guest expert Darren Butler, who is interviewed […]
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Rain! Rain! Rain! But is it Enough to Water Plants?
Rain! Rain! Rain! But is it Enough to Water Plants?
During our ongoing drought in California, rainfall has become almost as exciting as a small earthquake. Failed rain forecasts seem ever more common, sometimes with less rain than predicted or no rain actually arriving. After so many disappointments, when I actually hear rain falling, I usually drop everything to rush outside in a state of […]
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When Are My Pomegranates Ripe?: Harvest Tips for Home-Grown Pomegranates
When Are My Pomegranates Ripe?: Harvest Tips for Home-Grown Pomegranates
by Ann Clary and C. Darren Butler GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Are you eyeing your fruit-laden pomegranate tree wondering when to harvest? Lucky you – that is, if you know how to time harvest when pomegranates are ripe but before critters get them! As pomegranates approach ripeness, consider […]
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Soil and Microclimate Tips for Softneck Garden Garlic
Soil and Microclimate Tips for Softneck Garden Garlic
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Planting location is critical for growing garlic successfully in California. Garlic needs full sun with cool-to-warm temperatures. The growing season for garlic in warm-winter California areas is from fall through spring, which coincides with the least sunlight and shortest days. Be sure to plant […]
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Eggplant Varieties: A Guide to Their Growing Characteristics and Uses
Eggplant Varieties: A Guide to Their Growing Characteristics and Uses
Stroll into a standard American supermarket and you might think that all eggplants are dark purple bell-shapes. Not so! Eggplant varieties are available in a range of shapes, colors, sizes and flavors, from the common bell-shaped variety to long, tender Asian varieties, to small round green or orange specialty varieties. To select your eggplant variety, […]
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