Tis the season to be planning!

IMG_1673In Martha Stewart’s book Gardening, she described her gardening January as a time to curl up in a favorite chair with all her catalogs and dream about spring. Not so in Southern California!

Here in So Cal, January should be bare-root tree planting season, the beginning-of-the-peak of our cool season harvests, and time for second planting of cool season crops, if you didn’t plant them between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Instead, our “resting” season in the garden is right now: in the heat of late summer.

Now is the time to be curling up with a tall lemonade and your favorite garden catalogs. Time to dream about what you will plant this cool season, and what you will plant next spring. Tis the season to be planning!

Edible Gardens around Los Angeles

Some of my favorite Edible and Functional gardens around Los Angeles.  All these gardens are open to the general public during selected hours (see their websites for hours and directions).

in Westchester/LA 90045 …

  • Community Garden at Holy Nativity – a small, very public teaching garden that grows food charity-style to benefit the local Food Pantry; renowned as the starting place of many other projects.  Open to the public 24/7/365 (no fences).  http://envirochangemakers.org/projects/gardens/cgathn/
  • Emerson Avenue Community Garden, Westchester/LA 90045.  A merged-function school garden + community plot-style garden + community pocket park, built on the grounds of an LAUSD middle school.  http://eacgc.org/site/
  • LIONS Garden at Loyola Marymount University – community plots tended by and for LMU students, plus growing for donation to the local Food Pantry http://admin.lmu.edu/greenlmu/gardens/lionsgarden/

Elsewhere in and around Los Angeles