Gardening With Tony

Gardening With Tony

UNITED STATES—It might seem creepy to think about what spring bulbs are doing right now out in the garden. Like victims of a horror...

UNITED STATES—Water is no more scarce in California than it has been in recorded history. The problem with it is that it is a...

UNITED STATES—It is probably no coincidence that certain berries and small fruits are so colorful through winter while colorful flowers are relatively scarce. Like...

UNITED STATES—Stormy winter weather always reminds some of us that our trees need some attention. Wind can break limbs. If the weather gets really...

UNITED STATES—Without specialized pruning while they are bare and dormant in winter, many deciduous fruit trees would be overburdened by their own fruit next...

UNITED STATES—Anyone who has had undergone surgery knows the advantages of unconsciousness. Any frat boy who woke up after a night of overly indulgent...

UNITED STATES—Even without any of the five senses that we are outfitted with, plants are remarkably perceptive of the weather and the changing seasons....

UNITED STATES—Not much bothers old fashioned junipers. They tolerate heat and frost, and anything else the weather throws at them. They do not appeal...

UNITED STATES—There are some things about plants that we might be better off not knowing about. For instance, their idea of sex is even...

UNITED STATES—One of the most important differences between plants and animals is that animals are 'animated', and plants are not. Aquatic plants might float...

UNITED STATES—Much of the color in the garden through autumn and winter is provided by foliage. Some foliage turns color as the weather gets...

UNITED STATES—Everyone is from somewhere. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be from California. Most of the various plants in our gardens, even if...

UNITED STATES—There are many reasons why fireplaces and their chimneys are not such a safety concern like they were decades ago. Only a few...

UNITED STATES—Shortly after germinating and producing their first few leaves, many seedlings start to produce foliage that is indistinguishable from the foliage that they...

UNITED STATES—With all the talk about replacing warm season vegetables and bedding plants with their cool season counterparts this time of year, we should...

UNITED STATES—They are certainly not much to look at now. They are even less interesting once buried out of sight in the garden. The...

UNITED STATES—Vegetables are annuals too, just like the flowering bedding plants that get replaced seasonally. Some are technically biennials, and a few might even...

UNITED STATES—Bunches of blackened leaves hanging from blackened stems in otherwise healthy pear trees really are as serious as they look. They probably appeared...

UNITED STATES—It might seem like autumn color is a bit early this year. In the wild, where there is no irrigation, native box elders,...

UNITED STATES—Twice a year, it becomes necessary to discuss the unpleasantries of pulling up the flowering annuals (as well as vegetable plants) of one...

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