Archive for Organic Gardening

Grasshopper Control

Gardening Question From Kimberly: We live in New Mexico. Have developed a very bad infestation of young grasshoppers. Suggestions? Answer From Pat: Grass hoppers are ground-dwelling insects which, when conditions are just right, appear in swarms at which time they’re known as locusts. Swarms of locusts have at times changed human history and thus were […]

Yellow Leaves On Roses

Gardening Question From Chris: I have been following your Rose Pro program from your Southern California gardening book. The roses in my back yard and the front yard roses in pots are doing well. However, the roses in my front yard which are planted directly in the ground have yellowing leaves. The leaf itself turns […]

White Birch Trees

Gardening Question from Rod: I hired a new gardener last week and have 4 beautiful tall multi trunk birch trees in the front yard.  He said they needed trimming so I said ok and found after that he had topped them all off leaving horizontal cuts at the top of the trees.  I didn’t think […]

Citrus Care

Gardening Question from Joni: I love your webpage!  I could use all the advise you have on caring for my citrus. I planted a navel, valencia, meyers lemon and kumquat 3 years ago.  Oranges have some curly leaves and are producing very little.  I live in the Shadowridge area of Vista (southwesterly, close to Palomar […]

Artificial Grass

Gardening Question From Tom: Is there any city of Pasadena prohibition to replacing lawns with artificial grass? Answer From Pat: From what I have read in newspapers, the City of Glendale has banned artificial turf in front yards but not in back yards. This is due to fears about public health due to run-off of […]

Separating Artichokes

Gardening Question from Steve: I was watching your segment on artichokes and what know one says is ……when you separate the plant from its two or three main plants, do you keep the old original and just remove the new ones, or what? thanks for your help. Answer from Pat: You keep the new leaves […]

Profile Professional Clay Soil Conditioner

Gardening Question from Sylvia: In your book So. CA Gardening-Month-by-Month, you mention using the above product to help with compacted clay soil, turning the soil into “a loose growing medium containing adequate water and oxygen”. I want to use it in my clay soil in North Park/San Diego but haven’t found a supplier. Would you […]

Fertilizer Recipe

Question from Wil: At your presentation in Huntington Beach in September, you gave a formula for creating fertilizer. I’ve lost the list. Is it available? Answer from Pat: The homemade fertilizer recipe I gave that day was the one used by my brother John Fisher-Smith in Oregon. He mixes the following together: 4 parts seed […]

Early Blight on Tomatoes

The company that makes Probiotics 4 Plants Defensor Bacterial Inoculator told me they have temporarily taken their products off the market while they create a new marketing strategy for the general public. I suggest you use Serenade(r) Garden Disease Control instead. Serenade(r) is widely available in nurseries and it is fully organic. This is biological […]

Sulfate of Potash

Gardening Question: In the rose-pro method of caring for roses in your book, it calls for sulfate of potash (0-0-22) which I can’t find in ANY nursery or hardware store around here.  I did find Sul-Po-Mag which has the same NPK numbers, but also contains sulphur and magnesium.  Can I use this instead? Answer from […]