Understand hardiness zones before planting

Understand hardiness zones before planting

TEMECULA – Gardening benefits the environment in myriad ways. Maintaining natural landscapes and preserving green spaces can reduce the collective carbon footprint of the human race. Trees, flowers and other greenery filter the air and create welcoming habitats for all species of animals and insects. Many home gardeners set out each spring to create landscapes […]

Tickets now on sale for Santa Rosa Plateau’s annual garden tour

Tickets now on sale for Santa Rosa Plateau’s annual garden tour

MURRIETA – The “hills are alive” April 29 with the sights and sounds of nature’s music at the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation’s 14th annual Garden Tour and Garden Party, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring five beautiful and unique private gardens nestled in the Tenaja Valley area on the Santa Rosa Plateau, the tour […]

Roses need lots of care in dry, hot weather

Roses need lots of care in dry, hot weather

The recent brief shower didn’t bring relief from the high temperatures and dry Santa Ana winds for either humans or plants. Fall is finally here? Doesn’t feel like it. The outlook is for high temps and maybe even triple digits. Last month I gave illustrations and descriptions for mid-season pruning with a suggested timeline for […]

County waste department class on building worm bin helps composters

MORENO VALLEY – Learn a new way to compost your food waste into a nutrient rich amendment for your garden.  Put worms to work through a composting method called vermicomposting – the process of using worms and associated organisms to break down organic waste into material containing nutrients for plant growth.  Volunteer master composters will offer a […]

La Cresta estate gardens shown in annual Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation tour

La Cresta estate gardens shown in annual Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation tour

Four La Cresta families opened their estate gardens to visitors May 14 showing their support for the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation’s mission to help students become aware of the environmental challenges they will face in the future. The 13th Annual Garden Tour and Garden Party entitled “Gardening in Mother Nature’s Backyard,” brought hundreds […]

Create a windowsill farmer’s garden from vegetable waste

Create a windowsill farmer’s garden from vegetable waste

Have you ever considered growing back your vegetables from their “waste?” Tossing those stems of romaine lettuce hearts seemed like a waste. This was once a plant, a growing and living thing. A quick perusal of Pinterest showed many are making use of this vegetable trash and turning it into a vegetable drawer treasure. Whether […]

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