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Ornamental Grasses in the Landscape

Karl Foerster green

I am a huge fan of ornamental grasses, and I've written before about their uses and a few of my perennial favorites, so I'll try not to cover the same ground in this post. It does bear repeating, though, that grasses are vastly underused in most...

Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 8:11 PM

Searching for Natives


  I live at the very edge of the Volcanic Tablelands in West Chalfant. Sixteen years ago, they scraped most of our acre clean of vegetation, spread decomposed granite and hauled our house in on two trailers! My plan all along had been to plant...

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:32 AM
  • Author: Harold McDonald

Fig Frustrations

Kadota fig with well developed breba fruits in March

When we relocated from Silicon Valley to the Owens valley the very last thing to be thrown into the moving van was a rooted piece of a Brown Turkey fig. We had enjoyed wonderful, large, lush figs from the parent tree for years, and knowing that...

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:24 AM

Know Your Onions Part 2

Zoey Onion 5 months after harvest

Editors note: This is the second article on raising onions. You can read Part 1 at this link.   Cultural Requirements. Onions need full sun and prefer a loose, rich, well-drained soil. They are very shallow rooted so need regular irrigation to...

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:05 PM

Know Your Onions Part 1

Monastrell still glistening after 4 months in storage.

Onions (Allium cepa) are biennial members of the Amaryllidaceae family and Allium genus which also includes leeks, garlic and chives and shallots. They are an important food crop worldwide, and feature in the cuisine of many different...

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 7:23 PM

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