Essential Summer Garden To-Do’s to Guard Against Disease, Insect, and Pest Problems

Written by Susan B. Throughout the summer, we get to enjoy everything our yards and gardens offer us. Regardless of your experience, keeping up with everything you need to do, and should do to keep your flowering plants healthy and blooming prolifically, and making sure that your vegetable plants are producing can be overwhelming. And […]

Common Tomato Plant Problems and How to Deal With Them

Written by Susan B. You don’t have to be an experienced vegetable gardener to try your hand at growing tomatoes. Nothing rivals the taste of a vine-ripened home-grown tomato. We talked about tomato terminology and varieties in a previous post. But we didn’t talk about diseases and other problems that affect tomatoes, or the solution […]

How to Water Your Garden Properly Without Wasting Water

Written by Susan B. Southern California residents are all too familiar with dry spells that have plagued our state. While we know that there are dry periods throughout the summer,  we can’t predict when the droughts will be severe enough that local governments impose watering restrictions on us. Hopefully, you keep that in mind when […]

Rosemary Chicken

Ingredient: 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves minced 3 tablespoons butter melted 1 1/4 teaspoons minced garlic 1/4 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Lemon slices and rosemary sprigs for serving optional Cooking spray […]

Plant These Shrubs for Winter Interest

Written by Susan B. Our magnificent and mild Southern California climate blurs the lines between seasons. Naturally, it may not occur to us to think about plants that bring our front or backyards to life throughout each season. We believe that a well-balanced landscape design incorporates green and flowering plants, shrubs, and trees that offer […]