8766a61ecd00cfb5834935a15ccfc5ab

 The first paragraph of Pat Welsh's new book says it all: "Gardening is different in Southern California.

Anyone who's ever gardened elsewhere will tell you that. It's not like back East .  .  . it's not like England .  .  . it's not even like Florida". Pat continues, "Even people who have never gardened anywhere else soon realize how different Southern California gardening is; all you need to do is flip through any book on basic gardening to realize that much of its advice just doesn't apply here."

Ron Vanderhoff
 
No more truer words could be written about local gardening.
 
Fortunately, the next 423 pages of Pat Welsh's Southern California Organic Gardening lay out exacting and accurate information about how to garden successfully in our unique slice of gardening paradise.
 
This book, like no other, gets right to the heart of our local gardening concerns. Introductory chapters on our climate, soils, environmental issues, water, pests and much more should be required reading for all who aspire to a great garden.
 
But just like the woman herself, Pat doesn't preach in her book, she teaches. This isn't a book about dry academic topics. This is a book of instruction. Pat tells and then explains exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it. No vagaries or hazy opinions, Pat gets right to the point with clear, practical information and strong, well-healed advice.
 
For the past eighteen years, Pat Welsh has authored the most complete guide to local gardening ever printed. My copy, like most others of her original 1991 book is now soil stained and tattered. Likewise for her revised edition, printed in 2000. These books have become gardening classics.
 
Pat Welsh Book
Happily, this newest edition, just released, will allow these predecessor versions to retire to my bookshelf alongside a few other old favorites like Joan Citron's, Selected Plants for Southern California Gardens and Mildred Mathias, Flowering Plants in the Landscape.
 
Pat Welsh's Southern California Organic Gardening makes the best holiday gardening gift that I can imagine. Since it just arrived in the past week or two at bookstores and garden center shelves you can be assured that the recipient will be in need of it. For those with two black thumbs, a few evenings of reading through Pat's month-by-month lessons will motivate them to greater garden success than they may have thought possible.
 
Pat Welsh is certainly the queen of Southern California gardening. Once again, in this book Pat clarifies the local gardening year perfectly, with confidence and certainty; advice harvested from a lifetime of gardening and growing. Follow Pat's advice and your gardening adventures will never be more rewarding.
 
Ron Vanderhoff is the Nursery Manager at Roger’s Gardens , Corona del Mar.
 
Questions from Readers December 12th, 2009
 
Question:
My camellias look like they are about ready to bloom, the buds are big and fat. Is this the time to fertilize them? Dineen
Costa Mesa
 
Answer:

No. One of the most common mistakes of camellia culture is incorrect fertilization. First, camellias are light feeders, needing only modest amounts of nutrition during the year. The fertilizer used should be an acid forming type, rather than a standard all-purpose blend used in most other parts of a garden. Organic cottonseed meal is perfect for feeding camellias and is usually the primary ingredient in most fertilizers labeled for azalea and camellias. However, fertilizer applied now will have a strong likelihood of doing more harm than good and may shock the plant, causing the flower buds to fall off before they open. Instead, wait until the plant has finished flowering, usually about March or April and give it a light feeding at that time. Regardless of what the label on the fertilizer package says, never dig in the product or cultivate under a camellia. This will damage the tender surface roots and is another cause of bud drop and other problems.


Plant Care Reminders

Spinach Monthly Plant Care
Edibles Steve Brigham

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Edibles San Diego Seed Company

Broccoli - Early Purple Sprouting (Brassica oleracea 'Early Purple Sprouting') - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Carrot (Daucus carota var. sativus) -…

7957 Julie Bawden-Davis
Carrot Monthly Plant Care - photo by Burpee
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Hippeastrum spp. (Amaryllis) - Monthly…

7012 Julie Bawden-Davis
Amaryllis Monthly Plant Care
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Zuchinni Squash - (Cucurbita pepo…

15950 Julie Bawden-Davis
Zuchinni Monthly Plant Care
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Gardening Articles

Aeonium urbicum
Tips, Tricks & Ideas San Diego Horticultural Society

What is your favorite plant to propagate from cuttings, and why?

These gardening ideas titled "Sharing Secrets" are provided by the San Diego Horticultural Society,
Straz Residence Makeover
Landscape and Design Kathleen Hassinger

APLD International Landscape Design Merit Award Winner: William H. Reeve, IV and Sean Kearns

Association of Professional Landscape Designers Announces: Annual International Landscape Design Awards Program Winners

Preparing For Your Winter Vegetables

29361
Winter Vegetables
Winter is rapidly approaching and those with vegetable gardens will need to be prepared…

Added 35 new Berberis, Buddleia & Hydrangea to the Plant Database

6110
New Plants Added to Database
Our website has so much information being added and updated that I decided to post an…

Tulips or Amaryllis? - Southern California

33176
Amaryllis
Passing the bulb department at the nursery, a young shopper asked me, “How do I grow…

Plant Recommendations

Ron Vanderhoff
Plant Recommendations Ron Vanderhoff

Alstroemeria Inca Series - Southern California

Ron Vanderhoff's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Alstroemeria Inca Series for Southern California.
Julian Duval
Plant Recommendations Julian Duval

Cactus for the Coast - Southern California

Julian Duval's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Cactus for Coastal Southern California. 

Trees - Southern California

4276 Tiger Palafox
Cedrus deodara 'Feelin Blue'
Tiger Palafox's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Trees for Southern California. 

Trees - South East England

7411 Linsey Evans
Albizia julibrissin
Linsey Evans' Top Plant Recommendations: Favorite Trees for South East England.

Vegetables - Colorado

4398 Clea Danaan
Clea Daanan
Clea Danaan's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Vegetables for Colorado and Western…

Featured Plant Care

Sago Palm Plant Care

Sago Palms Plant Care - southern California

in Trees
Cycads are one of the oldest living plant families. They have been around for thousands…
Asparagus Monthly Plant Care

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Edibles
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Hollyleaf Cherry Monthly Plant Care - Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Cherry - Hollyleaf (Prunus ilicifolia) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Shrubs
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Blackberry Monthly Plant Care

Blackberry - California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Edibles
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Latest Articles

Peach Leaf Curl

Peach Leaf Curl - Information Hub

Peach leaf curl is a common problem found on leaves of Peaches and Nectarines (and their…
Avocado Information Hub

Avocado - Growing and Plant Care Information Hub

in Edibles
We're bringing relevant information about Avocados (Persea americana) to one fantastic…

Popular Articles

Using the Mulch for Home Gardeners

Home Gardener: Using All The Great Features on the Mulch

You Can Use The Great Features on the Mulch For Free!
Baseball Field Maintenance

Baseball Field Maintenance - A General Guide for Fields of All Levels

in Lawn
More great baseball field resources can be found here (including a pdf version of this…
Queen Palm Care & Use

The Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) Care & Use

in Trees
Jungle Music Palms and Cycads is a family owned and operated business established in 1977
Microgreens

What are Microgreens and How to Grow Them

in Edibles
Microgreens are tiny leafed vegetables that are grown from seed and require very little…

User Guides (Slide)

Popular Recommendations (Slide)

Upcoming Events

Sorry, we currently have no events.
View All Events

Who's Online

We have 1987 guests and 3 members online

  • amansfield
  • leezook
  • Mitch