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Native Demonstration Garden at Old Town San Diego

California Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Balboa Park

Balboa Park California Plant Native Demonstration Garden

Balboa Park hosts a small California Native Plant Demonstration Garden featuring many of San Diego's native plants that are suitable for home landscaping.

Fabulous Fabaceae: The Pea Family with Bean, Lentils, Pulses and More

Fabulous Fabaceae: The Pea Family with Bean, Lentils, Pulses and More

Everything to know about the amazing nitrogen-fixing Fabaceae family.

Growing and Propagating Yucca Whipplei

Growing and Propagating Yucca Whipplei

"Chaparral Yucca," "Foothill Yucca," or "Our Lord's Candle," this show-stopping succulent has a fascinating lifecycle and so many uses.

Artemisia californica (California Sagebrush)

California Sagebrush for Native Gardens, Artemisia Californica Profile

Calfornia sagebrush is one of the most iconic plants of California chaparral communities, it is extremely drought tolerant, and has great medicinal and habitat value. It is a must-have in almost any native California landscape project.

Green and red grapes on a vine

9 Fruits that Don't Grow on Trees

What do you do if you want more fruit but don't have room for another tree? Here are 10 suggestions.

Head of Butter Lettuce

What to Plant in November in Southern California

The weather is changing, nights are cold, days might not be. We are deep into fall, here are some suggestions on what to plant.

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How to Grow

Oranges growing on an orange tree

Guide to Growing Citrus in Southern California

If live in a house in Southern California there is about a 50% chance you already own at least one citrus tree. Here is everything you need to know to get the most out of that tree!

Cannabis sativa, one prominent leaf in a bush

Growing Hemp At Home

Hemp is an ancient crop, but there are a lot of myths about it. After about 100 years of oppression, the U.S. finally fully legalized the farming of hemp in the 2018 farm bill. Is it legal to grow at home, and why would you?

How to Grow an Indigo Plant

How to Grow an Indigo Plant

Indigo was once a popular natural dye, providing the name to the color. Today it makes for an interesting ornamental plant and acts as a soil builder.

Sunflower, native to California as well as much of North America

Grow Native

Native plants are the most sustainable type of plant you can grow wherever you live. They’ve spent thousands of years adapting to live there! Not only that, they are the most efficient providers of food and shelter to your native wildlife who have evolved with them.

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Orange tree, representing food plants

Grow Food

Mass agriculture is a major polluter, spreads disease, and does a poor job rebuilding soil. Farmers are learning better ways to farm, but permaculture has taught us farming at home is far more sustainable, not to mention fun.

Native bard owl in a field of yellow flowers


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This website is focused on the use of gardening and landscaping to solve real-world problems. Drought, global warming, waste and hunger are real problems created by the many choices we make every day. We believe local solutions have global impact. This website focuses on gardening in the San Gabriel Valley and focuses on California’s drought and California’s native plants. Yet it’s about gardening in general. The concepts apply anywhere there is a drought and anywhere plants grow.

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