Dwarf Southern Magnolia

By Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura Looking up through the canopy I see the helical distribution of branches. Between the thick foliated stems I observe patches of blue sky. Attached to these branches and stems are what appears to be almost like thick plastic; russeted underneath with a “felty” feeling, dark green above giving them […]

Crispy Taco

Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound of shredded cheese 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 clove garlic minced or pressed (optional) 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 2 cups diced tomatoes 4 large wheat flour tortillas Oil for frying tortillas Preparation: Brown together ground beef, onion and garlic in a frying pan over […]

Caprese Salad

Ingredients: 1 pint of mixed cherry tomatoes, preferably heirloom, halved 7 tablespoons (or more) extra-virgin olive oil, divided Flaky sea salt 2 pounds mixed medium and large tomatoes, preferably heirloom, cut into thin slices and/or wedges 8 ounces mozzarella, torn into pieces Coarsely ground black pepper Small basil leaves Toasted bread (for serving) Preparation: Toss […]

Why and How to Plant Dormant Roses During Cool of Winter

Written by Alicia R. Winter rain and cooler soil temperatures make January a top month for planting dormant roses in Southern California. If you’ve never grown dormant stock, it comes planted in small paper pots filled with potting mix that are place in plastic sleeves. So Cal’s winter conditions encourage root growth so newly planted […]

Holiday Decorating Is Easy with Green Thumb Top Picks

Written by Alicia R. Decorating for the holidays brightens late autumn and early winter’s short hours of daylight. It’s a rare person who doesn’t welcome twinkling strands of lights that scallop rooflines and bejewel shrubbery and the bare branches of trees. Indoors, lights twine around Christmas trees, railings, windows, and wreaths. The heady fragrance of fresh evergreen branches […]