Los Angeles, CA, US

gardening interests: Composting, Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Edible Landscaping, Organic Gardening, Square-Foot Gardening, Sustainable Living, Urban Gardening, Vegetables

Member Since: 03/16/2009

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Braiding Garlic

Learn how to braid garlic in this step by step video with Christy Wilhelmi of 

Victory Gardens

Learn about Victory Gardens from this interview with Christy Wilhelmi of  ABC News Nightline followed Christy around for the day to visit her gardens and her clients, Tommy Rosen...

Summer Squash Bonanza

I admit it, I went a little crazy.  I was determined to have a successful squash crop in the wake of last year's squash catastrophe.  So I planned for extra, you might say.  This...

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Re: Pole Beans Versus Bush Beans

Here in Southern California I've had great success growing Maxibel haricot vert bush beans year after year. We have sandy soil, so I usually water every other day. I use either Square Foot Gardening spacing (9 per square foot) or Grow BioIntensive spacing on 6 inch centers, hexagonally planted. They cluster together and support one another, and you get a lot more harvest from a small space.

Last year I grew Dragon Tongue beans with moderate success as well. I'm giving it another go this year. Such a beautiful bean! Here's a picture of both beans:

I love bush beans because they free up my trellises for other crops like cucumbers, tomatoes, and melons (grown vertically). Keep trying, and happy gardening!

Re: New Year's Resolutions from

1) I will grow something I've never grown before: this year it's popcorn, brown mustard seeds and, would you believe, cherry tomatoes (over 40 different heirlooms under my belt and not one cherry tomato).

2) I will strive to get better at succession planting so I don't have all of my broccoli heading up at once.

3) I will read Gaia's Garden, Second Nature and The Solar Food Dryer books.

4) I will have a blast doing it all!

Happy New Year!