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Fall gardening: 4 drought-busting plant combos for a cooler planet

Not to beat a dead lawn, but as summer temperatures were rising after two winters in a row of very low rainfall, the drought was never far from our minds in the West. So we reduced how often we watered our gardens … and lawn-shaming became a sport. But here’s the rub: Not watering our gardens—and allowing them to die—only heats up the […]

Now a 95% chance for a rainy winter

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week raised the odds for a wet winter and spring in California to 95%. Fingers crossed! I am so looking forward to seeing our hillsides turn that brilliant Irish green we get only in winter. To celebrate, I bought a native ceanothus plant to match the one I have growing in my garden now. At […]

5 fire-resistant plants for your garden landscape

If you’re in an area where wildfires are prevalent, you can help protect your property and garden by landscaping with fire-resistant plants. These are plants that tend to hold water in their stems or leaves. They also grow low, slow, and with little care, and have less volatile resins or oils. Lindsey Collinsworth, education director at the San Luis Obispo […]

5 wildfire safety tips to protect your garden

With deadly wildfires raging across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California, thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes in the West.