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Two New Shows Explore Hidden Orchards, Local Food Sources and Living Off the Land

Attention, residents of San Diego County: Two new series, premiering tonight on KPBS, will give you a whole new appreciation for our fertile terrain.…

Soak City: An Unlikely Fertilizer for Tillandsia

The current state of our tillandsia — our sweet, innocent air plants — has officially thrown us into a shame spiral.…

The Brightest Bulbs: Look Who’s Sprouting

They popped up out of nowhere. Our grape hyacinth flowers (Muscari armeniacum) have begun to rear their heads — or rather, skinny green arms.…

Bulb Planting: There’s Still Time (Maybe, Depending on Where You Live)

The quickest way to incur the indignation of your East Coast friends: tell them you’re just now — in January — planting spring bulbs in your Southern California garden.…

New Year’s Resolution: Start Composting

Yesterday, we woke up feeling a little bit like compost ourselves, actually: dumpy and sluggish and all heaped together with fermenting material.…

Flora vs. Fauna: When Strays Spray

We live in a catty neighborhood. Between indulged strays and outdoor pets, cats are constantly drifting in and out of gardens on our block.…

Nursery School: Bring In the Zing

When one of our flowerbeds was in urgent need of some sprucing, we acted on a tip from a landscape architect friend and headed east to a wholesale nursery.…

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (an Air Plant)

We entered into our air plant relationship with a bunch of misconceptions. They’re generally misunderstood; the mythology goes: they’re easy (how difficult can they be — they’re like the breatharians of the plant world), they’re bland, flowerless, overpriced novelties at Home Depot.…

Squawk of the Town: Wild Parrots Are Coming for You

We appreciate a compelling fish-out-of-water story (Coming to America, Through the Looking-Glass, Splash…)  — especially when there’s one unfolding in our own backyard.…