Coast Live Oak – Quercus agrifolia

Coast Live Oak – Quercus agrifolia

The Coast Live Oak is closely associated with Santa Maria-Style BBQ, a California central coast menu specialty. This long living hardwood tree is native to the California Floristic Province, and is classified as a ‘red’ oak. Its acorn nut is eaten by...
Cilantro to Coriander

Cilantro to Coriander

  Cilantro – Coriander Seed   Cilantro, or Coriandrum sativum, is a fresh herb widely used in Latin American and Asian cuisines. It has a unique flavor with citrusy, peppery and pungent notes, with prominent stems sprouting very delicate leaves....
Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Mantises are warm weather-loving insects that are also voracious bug eaters, but they do not discriminate between the beneficial and the harmful – they will eat whatever comes in their path. If you bring home an egg case to hatch praying mantises in your garden,...
What Are Bulbs?

What Are Bulbs?

Bulbs Bulbs are underground collections of leaves that are modified for food storage. This collection is a method of asexual propagation. All bulbs are monocotyledons (monocots) and have leaves that are secured at the basal disk at the bottom. True bulbs are similar...
Sowing Seeds in a Seed Tray

Sowing Seeds in a Seed Tray

Planting a vegetable garden from seed has its rewards, but seedlings are sensitive and easy prey to insects and weather. It is often easier and more productive if seeds are started in a seed starter tray, then transplanted outdoors when conditions are right for the...