How do you know what to plant when?
Here in Southern California we have a year-round growing season. But that doesn’t mean super-delicious tomatoes every day of the year. Rather, it means working with the seasons — warm, hot, and cool — to grow the right plants at the right times. Continue Reading
After a rain, the weeds sprout — so quickly that you can almost hear them. What if the green that magically appeared wasn’t weeds, but food plants?
Your cool-season vegetable garden can be just that easy!
And, this time of year, you can lay the groundwork in a single weekend. So what are you waiting for? Continue Reading
Oh, this is the season for leafy greens and root vegetables — and an El Niño year is no exception!
They grow plenty of veggies in English gardens and (although we in So Cal may be unaccustomed to it) that’s the kind of climate we have here this winter.
Just to prove my point, yesterday evening my smartphone weather app had the same forecast for London as for L.A. … rainy, high 40s …
The thing to know about wet winters and gardens (in addition to El Niño flood preparations) is:
Imagine 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.