Garden Variety: Why You Need a Raised Bed Garden

By Jennifer E. Beaver This year, raised beds suddenly became the must-have accessory for the backyard (or frontyard) garden. These bottomless boxes filled with premium soil have existed for thousands of years. Now they’re hot. Why? Five reasons: Our Victory Garden urge to save when money is tight; great info and products on the Internet;…

Garden Variety: Step outside– visit the Mediterranean

By Jennifer E. Beaver Did the profile of California natives in my last column whet your appetite for more drought-tolerant landscape alternatives? If so, consider the lovely unthirsty plants of the sunny Mediterranean. Like southern California, the Mediterranean receives rain only in the winter and abundant year-round sun. Encompassing Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Turkey…

Garden Variety: How to Kill Your Lawn

by Jennifer E. Beaver Secretly plotting to kill your grass? Relax. It’s not a crime. Many Californians are doing away with lawns to save water, reduce pesticides and pollution, and provide a friendly landscape for native and other drought-tolerant plants. Though some applaud lawnicide as a bold new social statement, it’s actually a retro move.…