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Five secrets to the perfect summer garden

June 28, 2013

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Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Ah, summer. We all enjoy eating outdoors with friends and hoisting a few while the sun goes down. But surely I can't be the only one looking over the rim of my margarita glass toward the garde...

Coping with a growing addiction

February 15, 2013

Filed under Community, Garden Variety

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist It all started innocently enough. A packet of wildflowers here, some specialty lettuce there. No problem. But next thing you know, I craved more— the strange, exotic oddball stuff. Like wasa...

Gardening with intent

January 4, 2013

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Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Okay, I admit it; I'm feeling lazy. I should take advantage of one of our few non-rainy days and get out there in the garden and trim back the pineapple sage, or dig up the rampant grass and weeds ...

Quick, easy ways to a welcoming exterior for the holidays

November 2, 2012

Filed under Garden Variety, Spruce up your home for the Holidays

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Though Halloween is dead and gone, I still have some frightening words for you: The holidays are right around the corner. Less than a month till Thanksgiving, less than two for Christmas. (Stri...

Beating the heat in your garden

August 31, 2012

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Jennifer Beaver Columnist Fortunately, that merciless heat wave has passed. What will you do when the next one arrives? Here are five ways to keep you and your plants from wilting. 1. Mulch. A three-inch topping of mulch keeps plant roots cool, conserves water and inhibits weeds. Of course...

The books of summer

July 27, 2012

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Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Visit any retail store, and the displays will try and convince you that summer is nearly over with bikinis on sale, school clothes front and center. But according to my calendar, summer still has...

Summer gardening tips and tricks

July 6, 2012

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Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Summer is here!and the livin' is easy. And that's how it should be in your garden too. Personally, I've got too many barbecues and concerts to attend to waste time with a bunch of recalcitrant,...

Be a detective to keep your plants healthy

June 8, 2012

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Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Sunday morning my husband discovered me splayed next to the vegetable bed, my head at an unnatural angle. Fortunately, I was neither the victim of foul play nor too much partying at the Hollywood...

It’s time for tomatoes!

April 27, 2012

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Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Around the beginning of April, people greet me not with “Hey, Jenny!" but with “What kind of tomato should I plant?" We'll get to that in just a minute. First, though, let's address th...

Curl up with a good gardening catalog

December 2, 2011

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Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist For those who live where winter means cold, snow and unworkable ground, garden catalogs are the tangible hope of the spring to come. While the earth slumbers under a blanket of snow, armchair g...

Grounds for coffee

October 28, 2011

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Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist It all boils down to coffee. I love talking to other gardeners because I learn so much. In the past month, I've had the honor of discussing edible gardening with members of the Long Beach Garde...

Garden Variety: Go for the greens

September 30, 2011

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Jennifer E. Beaver Master Gardener I swear my plants know what I'm thinking. On Wednesday afternoon, I began contemplating pulling up my lackluster tomatoes. They've been sulking all spring and summer, and it's time to rep...

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