Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2013
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Look, Ma! No Lawn!
Are you ready to lose your lawn? On Saturday, June 22, from 1:30- 3:30 pm, Lili Singer, the Theodore Payne Foundation's director of special projects and adult education, will explain how to take out lawn areas and offer suggestions for alternatives to plant instead, specifically low-care native plants that need no fertilizer and use a fraction of the water required for turf. Singer is a Los Angeles native and an award-winning horticulturist and garden writer. The talk will be held at the Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, CA. $25 for members; $35 for non-members. For more information or to register go to www.theodorepayne.org or call 818-768-1802.

Clever Gardening Technique

Make a Trellis for Vine Crops
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.

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