Borage: companion plant for tomatoes, strawberries, and squash. Companion planting is based on the idea that, like people, some plants do better with good neighbors. For tomatoes, strawberries and squash, one of the most popular of companion plants is borage (Borago officinalis). As a seedling, borage doesn’t reveal its potential. The leaves are rough and fat, and […]

Happy Earth Day!

For over 40 years, Earth Day—April 22—has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. We Can All Help! Even a small change can make a big difference to the environment. No matter how busy you are, here are ideas you can easily add to your daily […]

Green Scene 2013!

Come to the Fullerton Arboretum for a spectacular weekend long outdoor garden event. Green Scene is THE SPRING EVENT! Shop nearly 100 vendors for beautiful and unique plants, vegetables, garden art and accessories. Visit the California Organic Gardening Club for all your vegetable garden needs! “Discovery Sessions”: featuring farm food and garden topics led by prominent speakers. […]

Tomato Pilates!

We sure spend a lot of time babying our seedlings. We start them indoors where they’re safe from the elements. We plant them in the best soil we can find. We use a warming pad underneath to help germination and growth, and they bask under grow lights all day long. But guess what?  Your tomato seedlings need a good […]

Why vegetable seedlings get spindly

MAYBE YOU’RE WONDERING this right about now: Why do vegetable seedlings sometimes stretch and grow spindly, and how can you prevent it? All the cited research has been done in the light- and climate-controlled conditions of a lab, or commercial greenhouse—not the less-formal home seed-starting environment. So what are the answers for home-gardening types? Click the […]