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Ask the Expert: How to Use Plants for Privacy in a City Garden via Gardenista

“Good fences make good neighbors,” said Robert Frost, but it doesn’t mean that a fence is the only way to gain some privacy on your property. Sometimes a good hedgerow is often better. It is certainly more beautiful. It provides wildlife habitat and it can be molded and shaped according to your whim. In this […]

Autumn Leaves, San Fernando Valley [Photo]

Autumn Leaves, San Fernando Valley Even in the middle of the city — Studio City, in this case — you can still find small signs of the season. These leaves were still holding on, but our recent rain might have finally knocked them from the tree. It’s always interesting to remember that these colors are […]

Noted: Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck via Gardenista

Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck via Gardenista You can make a party in the city just by hanging out on the stoop. But what if you don’t have a stoop? Maybe you’re lucky enough to actually have a city garden? Here are 10 great spaces on the east […]

Video: Valley Carpenter Bees from The Earth Minute

My friend, Keri, over at Animalbytes.net, has some great footage of Valley Carpenter Bess on her blog and video channel, The Earth Minute. I get the same types of bees in my garden, but I haven’t recorded such good footage. I need to try harder now. (SMILE) Read more on this topic: Elsewhere: Cooper’s Hawk […]

Link Focus: Garden | Garden Bridge Over The Thames Moves Forward from Londonist

Garden | Garden Bridge Over The Thames Moves Forward from Londonist London, as busy a city as it is, already has some wonderful gardens and parks throughout the city. I was so pleased when I was able to walk from Westminster back to Kensington almost continuously in parks and under shady trees. That said, every […]

In the neighborhood: Japanese Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakamii)

These Japanese Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakamii) are popular street trees in Los Angeles. I notice on my walk today that those along Van Nuys Blvd were beginning their yearly bloom. They don’t produce any fruit, but when the petals fall in a stiff breeze it almost looks like it is snowing — which is really odd […]

Video: Container Vegetable Garden Update 005

In this update, Douglas talks about bolted lettuce, strawberry runners and the cucumber that..er…might not be…uh…a cucumber, but a watermelon instead. Well, the flowers ARE very similar, even if the fruit is not. (LAUGH) Music: “Whiskey on the MIssissippi” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Can’t see the video above? Watch “Container […]

Photos: A neighbor’s front yard garden

A neighbor near my favorite coffee shop in Studio City has had this front yard vegetable garden for a few years now. They carve out some sections of their lawn and created these beds. I have seen everything from Swiss Chard to Spinach to cabbage to lettuce growing there. In some of the larger plots […]

Photo: Orange blossom time here in Southern California

It is orange blossom time here in Southern California and the air is heavy with their scent whenever you walk outside. It looks promising for another bumper crop this year of backyard fruit. We have to get ours from our neighbors, but there are usually many to go around. We typically end up with grocery […]

Jumpstart comic talks urban gardening…a little

I thought this Sunday’s Jumpstart comic was quite funny and slips in a reference to urban gardening, too. Read more on this topic: Vermiculture with Urban-Worms.com Video: Urban Beekeeping: Ins and Outs – Dos and Don’ts – Webinar I Like This – Seattle City website declares – 2010 The Year of Urban Agriculture Your Urban […]