Tuesday’s Tips — Transplants

There's no theme or focus today, just a little of this and a little of that — kind of like what's going on in my head today. Tip #1 — Getting Transplants Off to a Healthy Start Now that we're all scrambling to get our baby plants in the ground, here are a few tips... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — Companion Planting

Companion Planting Each spring as we make plans for planting our vegetable gardens, one of our guides is the ancient tradition of companion planting. Companion plants are mutually beneficial, helping each other by increasing nutrient uptake, pollination, productivity, or by controlling pests. You should also be aware that certain plants should not be planted near... Continue Reading →

Garden Workshops and Master Gardeners

Barbara: The wonderful UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County are at it again. They'll be presenting a series of five exciting gardening workshops March 13 — May 15 at the Farm and Food Lab in the Great Park in Irvine (details below and in the sidebar). If you live in Orange County and are a... Continue Reading →

What the Lettuce Taught Me

Barbara: Like most of you, I've been doing a lot of end-of-the-year/beginning-of-the-new year navel gazing, which I kind of hate, but can't stop doing. I've been groping around for some profound, life-changing insight, some thought that can carry me into 2010 with energy and excitement, but which I have been having the hardest time generating... Continue Reading →

Tips for Gardeners and Beekeepers

Mary Beth and I were talking about a comment we ran across on a Garden Rant post wherein the commenter was critical of many garden blogs that "contain too many personal anecdotes...and not a lot of useful gardening information."  Now, in case you didn't notice, we love our personal anecdotes. It's one of the reasons... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Organic Gardening

Mary Beth & Barbara: Here's another post where we're going to let the pictures tell the story. All we really want to say is that the rewards for not using chemical pesticides are many. Some are obvious, like just knowing that you're not adding to the chemical load in the environment. Others are more subtle... Continue Reading →

A Morning Full of Surprises

Barbara: I was looking forward to this past Saturday morning ever since I read that the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners would be presenting a fall vegetable workshop at the Farm and Food Lab in the Great Park. Irvine is something of a wasteland when it comes to these sorts of things, so... Continue Reading →

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