Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Easy Native Plant Gardening
Plan to attend Easy Native Plant Gardening, which takes place on Thursday, October 29, 2009, 9:30am-12noon, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Learn how to minimize the work while maximizing success with California native plants. Barbara Eisenstein, native plant garden writer and consultant, will discuss converting your garden into a peaceful, sustainable, backyard habitat, while using less water, resources, and effort. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia 91007. $20 at the door. For more information, call 626-821-4623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite or New Plant
Garlic planted now will develop a strong root system over the winter, and leaf production can begin early in the spring, resulting in a large head next summer. So the sooner you plant them now in rich, well-drained soil, the larger they'll be at harvest. Planting in the spring, even with rich soil, will produce only medium- or small-sized cloves, or a single bulb without cloves. (These small bulbs can be used in place of a single large clove in recipes. They can also be left in the soil or stored and replanted the following fall, when they'll develop further and then mature into separate cloves.) For the largest garlic, plant cloves 4 to 6 inches apart now in a raised planting bed that is well-drained and compost-enriched, and keep the soil moist through next June.