Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Tools, A Love Story
Learn how to select the best tools for the job and your body at a workshop at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden on February 12, from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Presenter Bob Denman is a working blacksmith, and his affection for his craft and his expertise will have you marveling at how many tools are available, and give you confidence in choosing the best ones for you. Bob owns Denman & Company garden tool store in Old Towne Orange and is a consultant to Corona Tools and other tool manufacturers. The Botanic Garden is at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. Cost is $35, first-come, first-served. To register, call (626) 821-4623 or e-mail: jill.berry@arboretum.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Asparagus
Asparagus will grow and produce satisfactorily in partially shaded areas, such as next to a fence or a building, especially if the plants receive morning sun. Choose a new area rather than replanting an old asparagus bed with new roots. In an old bed, residues from the old plants will retard the growth of the new young ones, and the old bed may have accumulated fungal pathogens.

Dig a lot of compost and manure into the soil, and set roots at least 6 inches deep and a foot apart. Cover them with a fluffy mix of soil, manure, or other organic mulch, and water in well.

To established beds, apply manure to the depth of an inch or two to slowly feed the plants as rain and overhead irrigation wash the nutrients down into the root zone.

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