Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
California Native Plant Sale
Here's the "mother" of summer California native plant sales by the "father" of their popularity. The California Native Plant Sale is June 24-25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Theodore Payne Foundation Nursery, 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley, 91352. Members receive 15 percent off, non-members receive 10 percent off. For more information, call (818) 768-1802, or visit: www.theodorepayne.org.
Clever Gardening Technique
Make a raised rack as a horizontal trellis for vining crops. Fasten chicken wire to a frame a foot above the soil. Plant seeds in compost-enriched hills underneath or along one side. Mulch heavily under and around the racks. If the vines don't climb onto the frames themselves, train them through the holes. Suspended in the air, the vines are less susceptible to downy and powdery mildews, and fewer insects attack the plants. Pests that do appear on the foliage are easy to spot and destroy. The rack also protects the vines from human feet; you never have to tiptoe awkwardly through the patch to check ripening fruit or pull weeds, and the soil in the growing area doesn't get compacted.