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 […]

Apple Slaw

Ingredients: 2 thinly sliced apples 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 cups shredded cabbage, chopped stalk celery, grated carrots, and thinly sliced medium onion 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 3/4 cup celery salt Preparation: Sprinkly sliced apples with lemon juice. Mix with cabbage, celery, carrots and onion. Combine sour cream, mayonnaise and celery salt. […]

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 […]