Life Style & Travel

Arid Climates Can Be Challenging

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UNITED STATES—'Mediterranean' translates as an adjective that describes being at the middle of the Earth. Those who inhabited that region many centuries ago considered the Mediterranean Sea to be central to their World. That was long ago and far away. Nonetheless, climates here and now are somehow Mediterranean. Maybe semi-arid climates of Italy are Californian. Mediterranean climates are temperately warm...

Drought Tolerance Necessitates Root Dispersion

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UNITED STATES—Fads certainly complicate gardening. Most are merely marketing tactics. Most are bogus. Many even contradict their justifications! For example, most new, trendy and supposedly sustainable plant cultivars are genetically weak because of extensive breeding. Drought tolerance likewise has potential to be a constructive fad but is so commonly misapplied. Incidentally, its terminology is somewhat inaccurate. Drought is an extended...

Foliar Color Goes Beyond Green

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UNITED STATES—New England is famous for spectacular foliar color through autumn. Such color is merely seasonal though, and almost exclusive to deciduous vegetation. With few exceptions, its color range is limited to variations of yellow, orange, red or brown. It happens thousands of miles away and is difficult to replicate on such a grand scale with locally minimal chill. For...

Paul Gets A Little Help From His Friends

INGLEWOOD—Paul McCartney opened his sellout return to Southern California with a dynamic, two and a half hour-set at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on May 13. It began with the Beatles' classic "Can't Buy Me Love" and concluded with "The End." The 'Got Back' tour is in honor of the similarly titled iconic "Get Back," the Disney+ documentary filming the Beatles...

Shear Hedges Seasonably And Properly

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UNITED STATES—There are rules to hedging. For example, hedges should be uniform and exclusive to just a single cultivar. A modern 'Green Beauty' boxwood will never conform within a hedge of more yellowish old-fashioned boxwood. Hedges should also remain within confinement. It is important to shear them back from obtrusion into walkways and other usable spaces. It is not as...

Banana Yellow (16)

UNITED STATES—I hear a lot of things as a reporter. Never know where the next story is coming from, ya know. Joe Holly once described himself as a common man who had no liking for war whatsoever, but when he got into where the shooting was, he just couldn’t get enough of it. It was a new “game” he...

Farmer’s Markets Are Undervalued

UNITED STATES—Jeez, it is hard to fathom sometimes just how beneficial your local Farmer’s Market can be. I don’t go to my local farmer’s market as much as I should simply because it is not close to me. However, this past weekend I did visit my local farmer’s market and I was stunned with all the opportunity sitting right...

Nature Is Not Naturally Accommodating

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UNITED STATES—Gardening is quite unnatural. It involves unnatural cultivation of mostly unnaturally exotic (nonnative) species of plants. Irrigation delivers more water than seasonal rain provides. Fertilizers contribute more nutrients than endemic soils provide. Pesticides, if necessary, inhibit proliferation of pathogens. Nature simply could not accommodate such demands. Not only is gardening unnatural, but it also interferes with established ecosystems. Many...

Streets Might Benefit From Shade

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UNITED STATES—Shade has become less of a priority for modern urban gardens than it still is for older and more spacious suburban gardens. Significantly less sunlight reaches the ground of such confined gardens among taller and shadier homes and fences. Even where shade might be desirable, space for shade trees might be minimal. Streets are the primary exception. Streets, and...

Augason Farms – Delivering Top Quality Emergency Foods, Peace Of Mind For 50 Years

UNITED STATES—Current news headlines bring to attention an important tip for families – we must all be prepared for unforeseen events, particularly when it comes time to stocking up on emergency food.  The majority of Americans are not prepared with any type of emergency plan or food storage should emergency or disaster situations arise – and San Francisco residents are...