Life Style & Travel

The Fig: An Imaginative Fruit

UNITED STATES—If you’re going to try a new fruit or vegetable it’s at least important to know how to correctly eat the fruit. I’ve always been a fan of figs, particularly Fig Newtons, but I’ve always wondered just exactly what does a real fig taste like. Lucky me while at the farmer’s market this weekend, I stumbled across some...

Perennials Provide Foliage And Bloom

UNITED STATES—Does anyone really know what a 'perennial' plant is? It is obvious that it is not an 'annual' plant that lives only a single year. A 'biennial' plant produces vegetative (non-blooming) growth in the first year, and then blooms, develops seed, and dies in the second year. A plant only needs to live more than two years to...

How To Tame A Wild Storage Locker (Part 3)

UNITED STATES—A revised list of essential qualities needed to follow-through on the elimination of a storage locker would include: --doggedness --strategy --ruthlessness Doggedness needs to be underscored. In our more than half week doing battle against the “small” storage locker, my mother called me a “slave driver.” This was a first, and I don’t deny its accuracy. Before arriving in Watsonville, I...

Peach Season Is In Full-Effect

UNITED STATES—When it comes to tasty summer fruits, the options are endless. I often get asked the question if you prefer plums, nectarines or peaches? Any guesses as to what my answer is? Well its peaches.  Not that I’m not a fan of plums or nectarines, peaches are a tad bit more versatile in my opinion. They are not...

Drought Tolerance Versus Container Gardening

UNITED STATES—There are probably just as many reasons to not grow plants in containers as there are reasons to justify container gardening. Some potted plants consume less water than they would in the ground, but only because their demand is proportionate to their limited size. They only want more water in the ground because they can grow larger. The most...

How To Tame A Wild Storage Unit (Part 2)

UNITED STATES—An intriguing fact: modern self-storage was born right smack in Hollywood. Built in 1925 during silent movies’ golden age, the 14-story Hollywood Storage Co. was the tallest building in Hollywood. Located at Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood Storage Co. was also a radio station, and topped by two radio towers for the station in the pent-house, but...

Passion Fruit, A Tricky, But Tasty Fruit

UNITED STATES—I’ll be the first to admit I’m a lover of fruits, but particularly tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, coconut, kiwi are consistent members in my refrigerator. About a year ago, I discovered a fruit that I have come to absolutely adore. Any ideas which fruit I might be referring to? Its passion fruit! Yep, for most Americans this is a...

Be Careful With Toxic Plants

UNITED STATES—Plants are so much more intelligent than they get credit for. Many use color, fragrance and flavorful nectar to get insects and animals to disperse their pollen for them. Some provide fruit for animals that inadvertently take and disperse their seeds. Others use barbs or sticky substances to attach their seeds to unknowing animals that take them away....

How To Tame A Storage Locker (Part 1)

UNITED STATES—Storage lockers can be seen as the ludicrous but logical extension of our love of “stuff.” Silly fools—we think—to be paying good money to keep all that stuff. So much that one has never had the time to look at, much less use, so much that may be of value, and there it stagnates. And yet, despite the obvious...

Foliage Can Provide Color Too

Flowers get all the credit for color. They certainly are the most colorful features in the garden, as well as the most fragrant. However, foliage can do so much more than simply provide green. It can be hued with yellow, red, blue, purple, bronze, gray, or variegated with white or yellow. Plants with colorful foliage can range in size...
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