Help in planning your Cool Season Garden

Resources from my talk at the Seed Library of Los Angeles:

About Mycorrhizal fungus

I’ve been reading more about mycorrhizal fungus and how incredibly beneficial it is to our gardens — indeed to our long-term future.

If you don’t know much about this beneficial soil organism, grab a copy of Lowenfels and Lewis’ Teaming with Microbes, and prepare to be completely amazed.

If you’ve been to my garden classes, and heard me talking about “live soil,” this is what I’ve been talking about. As gardeners, we need to make a shift from “taking care of our plants” to being awesome caretakers of the live elements within our soil.  If we become awesome Worm Farmers, we’ll have a gorgeous and productive garden. Continue reading “About Mycorrhizal fungus”

A quick and easy cool-season vegetable garden

babygreensAfter 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 “A quick and easy cool-season vegetable garden”

What’s in your El Niño garden?

babygreensOh, 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:

Continue reading “What’s in your El Niño garden?”

The Art of the Edible Landscape

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.