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Author: Angela Price

5 Fabulous Facts About Ladybugs (Shhhh, they’re not really even bugs!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ladybugs remind me of little Valentine hearts scurrying around plants. But, instead of shooting arrows of love, they prefer to suck up nasty aphids to bring love to our gardens.

Here are some fabulous and fascinating facts about ladybugs, a popular garden carnivore:

Funny thing is, ladybugs aren’t even bugs. They’re beetles! They belong to the order of Coleoptera. The word Coleoptera comes from 2 Greek words: “koleos”meaning sheath and “ptera” meaning wings. They are often referred to as lady beetles, and in German, they are called Marienkäfers, or Mary’s beetles (referring the Virgin Mary). There are about 5,000 species of ladybugs in the world and not all of them are red with black spots. They range in color from yellow to orange to brown. Some are plain; some have stripes or zig-zags; and some have the iconic spots. A ladybug can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in a lifetime. Talk about beneficial insect Hall of Fame! They like a little variety too and are

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January in the Garden – Resolutions

Garden Resolutions

When our gardens are healthy via good soil, sufficient water, and appropriate plants for our climates and property, they thrive. Pests are reduced and beneficial insects, birds, and other urban wildlife flourish to keep our gardens in balance.

My two garden resolutions for 2018 are:

To DESIGN and PLANT more gardens for my clients that focus on balance and plants that are attractive to pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. To TEACH you, my garden friends, what you need to know to be a more confident home gardener. I will be launching a series of gardening classes online starting in late January that will take you step by step to help you create a healthy and happy garden.

Enter your name and email address here to get first priority on notices to enroll in the classes (You’ll get a free PDF too, which will help you avoid common watering mistakes).

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Baby It’s Cold Out There (Or Not)

December in the garden

December In The Garden

So the snow has started falling, and the ground is frozen…cue sound of needle scratching across a record.

Actually here in Southern California, nighttime temps are finally dipping into the 40s, but the days have been warm and very dry, so there are still things to do in the garden this month.

Vegetables

If you have a vegetable garden, you can continue to set out seedlings of cool season vegetables like lettuces, Asian greens, kale, and Swiss chard. Plant seeds of carrots, radishes, turnips, peas, and beets.

Lawn

Now is a good time to reseed and fertilize your lawn. Stay off the lawn (you too, doggies) and don’t mow until the new grass is 4-6” high.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses start to look like hair that’s had too much bleach and not enough conditioner. Cut back ornamental grasses to encourage new growth.

Flowers

Deadhead or pull up any dead flowers. Keep planting cool season annuals like pansies, Iceland poppies, Cylamen, and snap

How To Keep Your Garden In Top Shape In November

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Hi Garden Friends!

Thanks so much for sticking with me. November in Southern California usually brings more fall-like weather (cooler temps, low clouds and fog, and maybe even a touch of rain) although we are still susceptible to occasional dry Santa Ana conditions and high fire danger (i.e. low humidity).

Here are tasks you can do in November to keep your garden in top shape:

Clean Up Clean up fallen leaves on a weekly basis and toss in the composter or green bin. Wet leaves left too long on the ground can harbor fungal diseases that get into the soil and can affect plants. Pull up dead or faded summer annuals. Trim trees of dead and crossed branches. Cut back grasses that have turned brown. Maintain Add a layer of mulch to your flowerbeds to insulate the soil and to help reduce water runoff when it rains. Peach and nectarine trees, which have already lost their leaves, should be sprayed

My Yard Looks Like S#*&!!! (The Cleanup)

 

I’ll admit it, I spend so much time making beautiful gardens for my clients that I often neglect my own garden. You know, the cobbler’s children have no shoes… The little bit of lawn I have left get mowed when my maintenance gardener decides to show up, I trim my iceberg roses back, so my kids can get out of my car, and I’ll put in some plants here or there when I have left overs or I want to experiment.

That’s the front.

Forget about the back.

My husband and I have been discussing putting in a deck for 2 years now, and I don’t want to invest too much in planting back there, so I put in a few tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers for fresh salads in the summer. The deck will happen. The six chickens also live in back in there own fenced off chicken yard under the giant ash tree.

A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a nursery I use often that they would like to feature my yard in a commercial they are filming. Um, sure! (I believe in the say YES! and then freak out way of doing things).

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Soil Preparation Matters If You Want Your Plants To Be Healthy

In what way does soil preparation aid for better growth of plants

Angela Thomas from NY City Pest Control is our guest blogger this week and gives some excellent tips on improving soil and preventing and treating garden pests.

You should never take soil for granted. Many of us think that just by digging up a hole in the ground and placing a plant or a seed, it will start growing automatically. This will only work out if your soil is in good condition. But, many of us have to alter the properties of dirt in the soil to create a good growing condition for the plants.

The first and the foremost thing is you have to find out what your soil is lacking and not lacking. The secret of a super productive garden is to take your time and come up with an effective strategy that will work out for your garden.

soil preparation - how to prepare soil for plantingHow To Prepare Soil For Planting

Most soils need to be improved to make plants grow well

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Bursting with Flavor! 6 Tips for Growing Your Own Herbs

I remember the first time I ate a salad with herbs in it. Amidst all of the typical lettucey (not really a word, but I am going for it anyway) flavors was something deeper yet familiar. Dill! And Italian parsley! OMG – There are herbs in this salad!! I would never look at a salad the same way again. Fresh mint and oregano and basil were itching to get into my salad bowl, so I went to the market and bought a bunch of those little plastic boxes of fresh herbs. Some TV chef said, snip the ends and put them in a glass of water in the refrigerator, so I did what I was told. I snipped off some mint and sprinkled on some watermelon, and then promptly forgot about the herbs.

A couple of days later, I wanted to use my fresh herb bundle in some chicken salad. I opened the fridge only to be disappointed. The herbs were now droopy and well, icky looking, and not so fresh. What a waste of $10! That’s when I decided to invest a bit of time into growing my own. Fresh herbs are one of the easiest edibles for the

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From Garden to Vase- 8 Favorite Flowers for Your Cutting Garden

 

Confession time…When I was little, say 10 years old, my neighborhood friends and I would grab a pair of scissors to wander our neighborhood and steal prune flowers here and there from the beautiful gardens to give to our moms. We always told our moms that we cut the flowers the flowers from our friends’ yards, and our moms thought we were such generous and thoughtful children.

While I certainly don’t condone stealing your neighbors’ flowers, this little foray into the ‘dark side’ started a love of floral arrangements and flower gardens, and I am especially fond those that have that have that loose, gathered from the garden, inspired by Dutch master painters feel.

A reader asked me recently what are the best flowers to grow in a cutting garden. There are dozens of flowers that work well in floral arrangements – I mean you could dedicate your whole garden to roses! I thought I would help you out here and give you a list of 10 of my favorite flowers that are fairly easy to grow and look beautiful both in the garden as well as in the vase.

Choose flowers that have stiffer stems, have long lasting

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