San Diego Alligator Lizard

San Diego Alligator Lizard

San Diego Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata webbii) No garden is complete in Southern California without seeing at least one of these guys running around. You’ll find them in the garden, under rocks and pots, and if you leave the garage door open they may...
Pruning Healthy But Undesirable Growth

Pruning Healthy But Undesirable Growth

There are many reasons to prune a tree, one of which is cutting away healthy but undesirable growth of the plant. Here is a diagram of what some of these growths are, and the beneficial reasons for cutting them.   Pruning Healthy, Undesirable Growth Waterspouts...
Bay Leaf – Laurus Nobilis

Bay Leaf – Laurus Nobilis

Bay leaves come from the evergreen bay tree. There are many varieties of the bay tree with leaves ranging from dark green to olive green, and the veining will vary as well. All bay leaves are stiff and glossy, and typically sold in their whole, dried leaf form. When...
Bare Root Trees

Bare Root Trees

A bare root plant is one of three ways to bring a plant home: container, balled and burlapped, or bare root. Bare root plants have no soil on their roots. They are shipped and planted in a plant’s dormancy or when a deciduous plant has lost all of its leaves....
11 Reasons for Pruning

11 Reasons for Pruning

Pruning is an important and common maintenance for garden trees. Here are ten reasons that pruning should be implemented in home gardens or orchards. To stimulate growth: through proper pruning on a healthy plant, new growth is encouraged and stimulated. To rejuvenate...
Water Chestnuts – Eleocharis Dulcis

Water Chestnuts – Eleocharis Dulcis

The water chestnuts are those slightly sweet and very crunchy additions to many Chinese dishes. While they are native to China, they are also used in other countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, India, and the Philippines. Water chestnuts are not actually a nut. They...