How to Water Your Summer Garden

If you live where summers are hot and dry, irrigation or the lack thereof can mean life or death to prized plants. These tips will help your garden survive the dog days.  — Check your automatic irrigation system. Trust me, it needs it. Watch for leafy growth blocking sprayers, clogged riser heads, and plugged drip lines. — Pay[...]

Its Wild – Tree Bark Peeling

It’s summertime. It’s hot. Time to shed a little bit of clothing. In California, some of our finest native trees and shrubs strip down and shed their bark. It’s called exfoliation, and I swear it seems to happen overnight.  I have friends who say they have heard it.  I wonder if it’s like the sound[...]

Aloe vera: Not the Only Medicinal Aloe

Aloe vera is not the only medicinal aloe, but not all aloes have medicinal properties. In fact, some are poisonous. Duke Benadom of the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society and author of Superb Succulents researched and compiled this list of medicinal aloes (in blue) and poisonous aloes (in red) ~ Benadom notes, “It’s important for the[...]