Free workshop to teach pest control, vegetable growing

Long Beach residents are invited to the workshop “Eating In: Backyard Vegetable Gardens and Orchard Culture” on Wednesday, May 26 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave. Kathleen Irvine, owner of  Blue Gecko Design, will discuss different methods for raising food in any space.  Topics will include: organic vegetable gardening,…

Growing Up

By Jennifer E. Beaver Ever get something stuck in your head? In my case, it’s a lemon cucumber. It all started with the cuke photo in my latest book, “Edible Gardening for California” (shameless self promotion– let’s get it out of the way). It’s a cute cuke– oval, pale yellow with stripes, about three inches…

Can a drought-tolerant landscape be beautiful?

By Jennifer E. Beaver I have a conflicted relationship with drought-tolerant gardens. I understand the need to conserve water. But the garden-shaped space in my heart is full of thirsty English cottage flowers draped artfully over a bower. So when I got a letter from the Long Beach Water Department saying I was eligible for…

Garden Variety: I’m dreaming of a potted Christmas

By Jennifer E. Beaver If ever there was a year for homemade presents from the garden, kitchen or craft table, this is it. My giftable plants go in pots this week, and the baking is underway. With peppermint chocolate bars and oatmeal scotchies lining the pantry and dozens of snickerdoodles, peanut blossoms and almond bars…

Garden Variety: A Book List for Gardeners

By Jennifer E. Beaver With Christmas right around the corner, you may be wondering what to give the gardener in your life. Choose the right book, and the lucky recipient will thank you all year long. Or grab one for yourself. The following reflect my personal preference for gardening books that have practical value. Many…

Garden Variety: Fall– Time to go to pot

By Jennifer E. Beaver In mid-October, nature sends the signal: Time to swap the front-step pot of summer geraniums for something seasonal in shades of orange, yellow or brown. Those with no front steps wire festive Indian corn to the door. Those with no imagination–and this will surely earn a rebuke from the National Mum…

Making peace with fall in Southern California

By Jennifer E. Beaver Fall is planting season in southern California. Since I grew up on the opposite side of the country, I find this unsettling. Oh, sure, I understand that everything from sweet peas to broccoli flourishes in the still-warm California soil and thrives with winter rain. I appreciate the Mediterranean climate of my…