How to Interpret Fertilizer Labels: No Degree Required

Fertilizer labels can be intimidating. They are standardized by a code of numbers that are supposed to tell you the percentages of nutrients in them. These nutrients, known as NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), are essential for plants to grow, but different plants need these nutrients at...

Grow Succulents For A Boost Of Color In Your Yard

The word succulent is most commonly applied to food as a descriptor of dishes that are juicy and tender. The botanical definition isn’t too far off from that; it means plants that store water in their leaves, stems or both. There are many different types and species...

The Best Plants to Handle California’s Summertime Heat

Summers in California’s Mediterranean climate are stressful for garden plants that lack heat-resistant qualities. However, landscaping with species from other hot or dry environments can keep your garden vibrant as ever.

As we approach the hottest days of the year, water-stress and solar radiation become ever-present threats. Exposed...

Understanding Acidic Soil: What You Need to Know

One key element to determining the success of your garden is using the right soil; the vast majority of a plant's success is directly related to it. Soil, even acidic soil, is a living dynamic organism that is the foundation of life for your plants.

There is...