Today in the Garden


The first month of a new year is full of promise for gardens - and gardeners. Rain is awakening native plants and refreshing most others. Spring is just weeks away even though chill – and sometimes frosty temps – currently prevail. Still there is time to plant cool-season flowers and edibles for fresh color and flavors, and shrubs, perennials and trees for fresh garden style. Monitor beds and borders for snails and slugs; protect tender plants when frost threatens and take steps to reduce storm runoff to benefit the garden and the environment. All the while, resolve to garden in harmony with our enviable Mediterranean climate in the year ahead.


  • Control Peach Leaf Curl
  • Grow A Backyard Orchard
  • Plant dormant crowns of artichoke