Abundant Harvests - garden info, Community events in Westchester

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! Continue Reading

Abundant Harvests - garden info, Community events in Westchester

CGHN 03 2014 -500Imagine a beautiful front yard — a sculpture in three dimensions — that you can walk through and enjoy, that will feed you luscious organic food!

How does one design such a thing?  This spring I’ll be teaching “The Art of the Edible Landscape”  at Otis College of Art & Design.

Call it landscape design.  Call it sculpture in 3 dimensions (or 4 dimensions, if you count how a garden evolves over time, the 4th dimension).  Call it permaculture.  It’s all of the above.  And your garden will have the infrastructure of sustainability.

If you’ve enjoyed the classes I gave at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, and wish they were in one neat tidy package, here it is:  10 sessions, 10 Saturday mornings, starting on January 31.  Come and join the fun!

To join this course, You must register through Otis Continuing Education.

Abundant Harvests - garden info

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 Continue Reading