Small garlic harvest from container garden via Instagram

Small garlic harvest from container garden

The container garden yielded up these garlic heads today. It is so neat to plant 1 clove and harvest much more. Cheap and easy.

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Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Show & Sale 2017 (lacactus.com)

Spent an hour or so at the show on Saturday checking out all the great vendors and plants. 

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Tillandsia – Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society Festival 2017 [Video] (0:32)

A scene from the annual Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society
Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival

Tillandsia - Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society Festival 2017

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Aeonium Closeup

 Aeonium Closeup

Aeonium Closeup

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Show & Sale 2017 (lacactus.com)

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One Perfect Tomato via Instagram

One Perfect Tomato

One Perfect Tomato

A rather nice looking tomato 🍅 from the container garden. 

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Cactus Closeup

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Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Show & Sale 2017 (lacactus.com)

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7 Excellent Screening Hedges via A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies

Our new neighbors want to plant a hedge between the houses, so I went off and did some research of some of the best hedge plants for Southern California. There is a lot of great information in this article. Give it a read before you plant your new hedge. — Douglas

7 Excellent Screening Hedges | A Gardener's Thoughts & Fancies

Ficus Nitida and Ficus Benjamina are not the solution.

Whenever a client asks about installing a hedge they’re usually thinking of planting a row using Ficus Nitida (Retusa) or Benjamina.  They have been Southern California’s “go to” trees for privacy hedges for decades, but there are a number of reasons to pass them by. They can be very invasive and their roots grow close to the surface, damaging sidewalks. While they grow fast, they need frequent trimming and are not drought-toelerant. They require a substantial amount of water to establish and a moderate amount once established.

What follows is information on seven excellent hedges provided by the  North Park Nursery. If you’re thinking about adding a hedge and are concerned about how it will behave and how much water it will consume, here is valuable information about the best plant material for the job.

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Colorful Succulent

Colorful Succulent

Colorful Succulent

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Tomatoes from the container garden

Tomatoes from the container garden

Tomatoes from the container garden

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Cactus with yellow flower

Cactus with yellow flower

Cactus with yellow flower

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