Pest Control

Tweet Long before “Caddyshack” in the eighties, gardeners and groundskeepers have had a fight on their hands when it came to getting rid of gophers in the garden. They’re persistent, they’re prolific and they’re tough to catch in the act. Before you resort to drastic measures though, there might just be a way to get […]

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Beneficial Insects

Beneficial Insects Poster

by on December 6, 2011

TweetMy friend Heidi Ross sent this to me the other day. It’s a great poster created by University of California Natural Resources program.  Take a look so that you can know friend from foe. Click on the image if you would like a larger view. Beneficial Bugs include: Ladybugs Lacewings Assassin Bug Pirate Bug Flower […]


UrbanFig: Ants & Aphids Part III

Ants and Aphids: Part III

by on November 18, 2011

TweetSo after battling the ants and aphids for the past 4 months, I’ve finally lost the battle. My poor little artichoke just can’t seem to fight them anymore.  Despite laying down the Terro ant baits (which have helped), the ants are still crawling all over the artichoke day and night, bringing with them aphid eggs […]


UrbanFig:BlackAphids on Chard

Swiss Chard & Black Aphids

by on November 16, 2011

Tweet[portfolio_slideshow] It seems I can’t keep the aphids away these days.  I must admit, I got pretty busy with UrbanFig and before I knew it, my chard was COVERED in black aphids. My current method  (or shall I say attempt?) of getting rid of the aphids is this: First I cut off ALL of the […]


UrbanFig: Planting a Garden in the Fall

Planting a Garden in the Fall

by on November 10, 2011

Tweet[portfolio_slideshow]End of summer, early fall is a great time to plant kale, especially in mild climates. Kale is sweeter in cooler temperatures. You can start kale from seeds or seedlings in your garden box. Kale is one of those greens that is pretty easy to grow.


Tweet[portfolio_slideshow]If you look at these photos, you’ll notice little trails that look like a map of waterways. But of course, it’s not a map, it’s your poor little plant’s leaves. This is caused by leaf minors. Don’t fret!


Battling Ants & Aphids: Part II

Battling Aphids & Ants (Part II)

by on October 23, 2011

TweetIn my last post, Battling Ants & Aphids Part I, an army of ants harvesting aphids had taken over my tomatoes and my artichoke.


UrbanFig: Battling Ants & Aphids: Part I

Battling Aphids & Ants (Part I)

by on October 22, 2011

TweetI planted my tomatoes in May or June (honestly, I can’t remember), but it was sometime in the late spring. I bought four heirloom tomato seedlings from Jimmy Williams at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. I followed Jimmy’s advice and didn’t trim off the “suckers” and let the tomatoes run wild, only picking off leaves […]