April Gardening To-Do List

PLANT: Last cool season for vegetables..... plant beets, carrots, kale, chard, cilantro, parsley spinach, and heat resistant lettuce. Wait until the end of the month or the beginning of May to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, melon eggplant, and peppers. These vegetables will struggle in cool soil and never get a good start. If you are planting in boxes, however, the soil will be warm before the ground. You can sow or plant herbs now. Plant citrus, pomegranate, avocado, tropical fruits like guava and mango now through June. Plant summer bulbs, plant pollinator flowers and flowers that will attract beneficial insects....both annuals and perennials. FEED: Vegetables every 6 weeks. R

Our Street Trees

Street trees are a significant and highly visible portion of the City's urban forest - essential to improving the quality of life in our urban environment. It is in our own best interests to protect, plant and care for the trees that line our streets. This was the message Stephen Duprey of the Urban Forestry Division brought directly to the HPGC membership in the March monthly meeting. With some 700,000 street trees in the City of LA, the impact of the drought on their health, the expansion of the deadly shot hole borer and other insects and diseases, as well as the limited staffing and budget constraints of the Urban Forestry Division, the fate of our urban canopy is truly at risk. Duprey

It's Seed Season

In March the Horticulture Committee explored the subject of seeds, led by Co-Chairs Judy Kirshner and Helen Hartung. Judy brought stacks of seed catalogues - obviously a passion for this HPGC member known for her edible and beautiful gardens that have graced the neighborhood. While there was much information shared, the following key points are some great take-aways from the meeting which was attended by ten members. Gardeners might consider scattering flower seeds in a designated area and watering lightly with an old-fashioned sprinkler on the end of a hose. Judy did this last spring in her new un-built backyard and was thrilled with the variety and beauty of the wildflowers that emerged an

A Primer on Botanical Latin

Why bother with fancy Latin names of plants? Understanding botanical nomenclature will make you a better gardener. The names will often tell you what the plant needs and where it is from. Proper names will prevent making mistakes or confusing one plant with another. It’s also easier than you might think. For example: Suppose you went to a nursery and asked for Dusty Miller. They might say, Which one? There are at least five different plants that are called by that common name. Same goes for Trumpet Vine. There are five different trees that are commonly called cedars, but only one is a real cedar. Or suppose you had a garden in Italy—if you went to a nursery there and asked for a plant by it

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