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Author: mandmweb

Keeping Plants Alive in Extreme Heat

We are currently enjoying a balmy 99+ degree day. After the record breaking heat of 114º F on Friday, this is somewhat of an improvement. In this blog post I will 1) suggest practices to help your plants make it through the extreme heat; 2) share temperature data from my garden; and 3) give an update (and pictures) on how my plants are doing on day 3 of extreme heat. Tips Before extreme heat arrives Water deeply during the cool part of the day to hydrate plants. Spray leaves in early morning to remove pests and dust. The leaves...

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After the flowers

Wildflower season is “past peak” and I’d like to remind you that the glorious, youthful, bright flowers now enter the very important stage of making and dispersing seed. Though my camera is still drawn to brightly colored flowers, I try to point it at the broken stems, brown seed pods, and graying leaves that are present in this phase of life. The parallel to animals, including – no, especially – humans, is obvious. As we move from the giddy days of courtship to the more staid and serious time of being adults, a few gray hairs appear, some wrinkles become...

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Lawn-less Sustainable Garden Finale

The work on the front yard patios is completed. I planted some grasses and other perennials but am waiting until next winter to plant a few shrubs. As promised in the previous blog post, here is a slideshow containing pictures from late February, when work started, to early April, after it was completed. I’m loving our totally lawn-less yard! Feb 21, 2018 Border is shaped Feb 21, 2018 Patio shape is roughed out Feb 23, 2018 Base of DG is laid and leveled Feb 27, 2018 DG laid, leveled, border bricks in, path to patio placed Feb 27, 2018...

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Lawn-less Sustainable Garden (continued)

St. Augustine is being overtaken by oxalis in the burned out front lawn. We are making big changes to our yard. As you may remember from earlier posts, I was not happy with the burned out lawn in the front yard. Years of drought left much of the  lawn brown. With city water restrictions, I watered for the large deodar cedar – deeply and infrequently – allowing the lawn to die back. Weeds invade weak lawns Weedy oxalis invading the lawn This winter I noticed weedy oxalis moving in. This is one of the most difficult garden weeds to...

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Successful Planting Party

Plant List Over fifty volunteers planted 209 native plants in the nature park on Saturday, January 27, 2018. This event, in honor of Martin Luther King’s call to service, included students from Occidental College, YMCA’s Youth and Government Program, and Professional Child Development Associates of Pasadena, and volunteers from the Bank of America’s My Environment Program and locals also participated. The plants were purchased with discretionary funds from South Pasadena City Council Members. So many people have given so much to change this once weedy and degraded land into vibrant habitat. Enjoy your nature park! Tools collected before the event...

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