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Finding Pet-Safe Houseplants that May Help Clean Air

Written by Alicia R. Houseplants are refreshing to the eye and spirit for people and pets alike. Greenery may even refresh indoor air, although research on that topic is inconclusive about how toxin and plant interaction in the in sealed, closed rooms of scientific studies will translate to home environments. But it can be difficult […]

Get Fire Wise with Tips & Plants to Protect Your Home

Written by Alicia R. Fire probably is the last thing most people are thinking about when entering garden centers bursting with color. But out West, where wildfire is becoming all too common, a new kind of landscape design  is emerging — fire-wise landscaping. Many California cities throughout the state are considered at risk of wildfire […]

Ways You Can Help Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators

Many gardeners are concerned about helping to support insects that pollinate plants, especially the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) due to its continuing decline.  In this article, we will cover the many ways that gardeners can help monarch butterflies.  The Xerxes Society for Invertebrate Conservation reports that only 200,000 monarchs were observed overwintering along the California […]

Urban Homesteading: How City Folks Take Up Farming in Their Own Back Yard

Written by Sarah R. Urban homesteading, sounds kind of trendy and cool, doesn’t it? It also sounds kind of contradictory. Urban means city and homesteading means country. How can ever the two meet? Urban homesteading, although at face value seems to incorporate two conflicting ideas, is a cool possibility that is becoming a trend among […]

Reducing Heat Stress On Landscape Plants

By Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura Any time when the temperature rises to unbearable levels and the humidity is very low for an extended period of time, it plays havoc on our beloved gardens. During these episodes, plants become stressed, agitated, and look poor or unhealthy. Plant responses to heat include but not limited to […]

Tiny, Slow-Growing Cactus Plants Add Drama to Fairy Gardens

Written by Alicia R. Magic is what many gardeners feel when taking a break from routine by visiting a garden center to enjoy the plant kingdom. Part of the enchantment involves taking a chance on plants you’ve never grown before. This may include many of the cacti and succulents available at Green Thumb Nurseries. The broad […]

Tasty Summer and Winter Squash Plants Thrive in Heat

Written by Alicia R If vegetables could speak, members of the humble squash family might advise other edibles that summer is no time to put down roots if you can’t take the heat in the garden. Planting vegetables during the summer requires choosing types that grow well when temperatures rise and tolerate the limited moisture of […]