What You Need To Know About Dividing Perennials in October

Written by Susan B. Perennials are every gardener’s best plant friend. After you plant them, provided you care for them properly, you can count on them to come back every year. Being able to count on having your plants come back year after year isn’t the only benefit you get from growing perennials. Most of […]

Delicious Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients: 8 large baking potatoes 6 tablespoons butter, cubed 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3-1/2 cups whole milk 12 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed 1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup sliced green onions Instructions: Scrub and pierce potatoes; […]

Cheese Tortellini with Quick Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: 9 ounces cheese tortellini 2 tablespoons olive oil divided ½ cup onion diced 4 cloves garlic minced ½ teaspoon dried basil ½ teaspoon dried oregano ⅓ cup water ¼ cup chicken broth 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes 1 teaspoon sugar Parmesan cheese, basil and parsley for garnish optional Instructions: Cook onion in 1 tablespoon […]

October To-Do List For Your Southern California Garden

Written by Susan B. October is when Southern California gardeners continue their summer garden cleanup, fall planting of cool weather and winter crops, and continue with seasonal garden maintenance chores. Our magnificent climate allows us to enjoy the beauty and bounty of our gardens all year long. Whether you’re uncertain about what you should do […]

Flax Lily – Dianella

By Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura Imagine having a plant that is tough, takes a wide variety of water regimens, easy care, durable, and not fussy, then Flax Lily could be your answer. Flax Lily grows well with just about any gardening application from rock gardens, containers, with palms, succulents, shady locations, sunny areas, under […]

Buying Bulbs in October for Southern California Gardens

Written by Susan B. The mild weather we experience here in Southern California makes it impossible for some bulbs to benefit from cold temperatures while they are in the ground. But there are ways we can simulate those conditions so we can grow traditional spring-blooming bulbs like tulips. But we can also grow flowering bulbs […]