Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Native Plant Horticulture
On Saturday, July 16, from 9am-1pm, Lili Singer will discuss the basics of gardening with California flora at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. You'll learn what a native plant is, why natives are valuable, and about plant communities, plus planting techniques, establishment, irrigation, pruning, and ongoing maintenance. Recommended for beginners, it's a required prerequisite to the Foundation's three-part California Native Plant Garden Design course. Lili is a horticulturist and garden writer and Theodore Payne Foundation's special projects coordinator. $40 members. $50 non-members. Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley 91352. For more information, go to http://www.theodorepayne.org or call 818-758-1802.
Clever Gardening Technique
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.