Tag Archives: Home garden

10 Tips for Picking the Best Tomato Plant this Weekend

  Holy Lycopene, you guys. There are over 700 tomato cultivars available today. Overwhelming! Picking the healthiest plant is the most important choice of all. Here’s some tips while at the nursery or this weekend’s Tomatomania! Buy a plant with a strong center stalk. Avoid the Charlie Brown plant. Avoid plants that are broken or […]

2016 Hope Gardens Guide to Heirloom Tomato (and Chili Peppers!)

Hope Gardens Guide to Non-GMO, Non-Monsanto mostly Heirloom Tomatoes 2016 Presently available heirloom tomatoes: Aunt Ruby’s German Green 80 days. Indeterminate. One of the largest green beefsteaks. They have brilliant, neon-green flesh with a strong, sweet, and fruity flavor. This family heirloom from Germany was the winner of the 2003 Heirloom Garden Show’s taste test. […]

Historic Sperling Nursery closing

Sometimes life is very hard to understand. Finding a silver lining or figuring out a place to file it is pointless. It just sucks. With tragic irony, the beloved Joni Mitchell is speechless and recently re-hospitalized in Los Angeles after an aneurysm. I can’t help but acknowledge this as I tell you that the Sperling […]

Hardscape

Pea gravel circle in mulch Rock formation across decomposed granite (DG) and then mulch on the other side Simple stairs… Native plants in decomposed granite (DG) Mulch with river rock DG stairs and patio in mulch     DG patio in mulch Red flagstone with several sizes of mexican pebble and pea gravel Hardscape is […]