Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Inter-City Cactus Show and Sale
Hundreds of plants will be on display, and thousands for sale, at the Inter-City Cactus Show and Sale, August 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia. The show will include seminars and books for sale on growing and landscaping with drought-resistant plants. For more info, call (626) 321-3222, or go to: http://www.arboretum.org.
Clever Gardening Technique
Melon Rack Trellis
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 to insect attacks. 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.