The Signal Tribune newspaper

After getting ‘bugged’ by mysterious container in her yard, local resident seeks answers

May 21, 2010

Filed under News

By Steven Piper Editorial Intern What should local residents do if one day they find what appears to be a green lantern-looking plastic device hanging from a silver pole on their property? Perhaps it is a new Homeland Sec...

Free workshop to teach pest control, vegetable growing

May 21, 2010

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Long Beach residents are invited to the workshop “Eating In: Backyard Vegetable Gardens and Orchard Culture" on Wednesday, May 26 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave. Kathleen Irvine, owner...

Growing Up

May 14, 2010

Filed under Garden Variety

By Jennifer E. Beaver Ever get something stuck in your head? In my case, it's a lemon cucumber. It all started with the cuke photo in my latest book, “Edible Gardening for California" (shameless self promotion— let's get it out...

Can a drought-tolerant landscape be beautiful?

April 23, 2010

Filed under Garden Variety

By Jennifer E. Beaver I have a conflicted relationship with drought-tolerant gardens. I understand the need to conserve water. But the garden-shaped space in my heart is full of thirsty English cottage flowers draped artfully ...

Garden Variety: I’m dreaming of a potted Christmas

December 18, 2009

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By Jennifer E. Beaver If ever there was a year for homemade presents from the garden, kitchen or craft table, this is it. My giftable plants go in pots this week, and the baking is underway. With peppermint chocolate bars a...

Garden Variety: A Book List for Gardeners

December 4, 2009

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By Jennifer E. Beaver With Christmas right around the corner, you may be wondering what to give the gardener in your life. Choose the right book, and the lucky recipient will thank you all year long. Or grab one for yourself...

Garden Variety: Fall— Time to go to pot

October 23, 2009

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By Jennifer E. Beaver In mid-October, nature sends the signal: Time to swap the front-step pot of summer geraniums for something seasonal in shades of orange, yellow or brown. Those with no front steps wire festive Indian c...

Making peace with fall in Southern California

October 9, 2009

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By Jennifer E. Beaver Fall is planting season in southern California. Since I grew up on the opposite side of the country, I find this unsettling. Oh, sure, I understand that everything from sweet peas to broccoli flourishes in th...

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