Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Rose Care Using Sustainable Methods
Saturday, August 8, 10am, at Descanso Gardens, Amanda Everett will discuss sustainable rose care for home gardeners. Free with garden admission. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge 91022, 818-949-4200, www.descansogardens.org
Clever Gardening Technique
Chicken Wire Trellis Rack
Make a raised rack as a horizontal trellis for vining crops. Fasten chicken wire to a frame a foot above the soil. Plant seeds in compost-enriched hills underneath or along one side. Mulch heavily under and around the racks. If the vines don't climb onto the frames themselves, train them through the holes. Suspended in the air, the vines are less susceptible to downy and powdery mildews, and fewer insects attack the plants. Pests that do appear on the foliage are easy to spot and destroy. The rack also protects the vines from human feet--you never have to tiptoe awkwardly through the patch to check ripening fruit or pull weeds, and the soil in the growing area doesn't get compacted.