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Asphalt Garden: 2012 Summer Season Earnings Report

This summer my vegetable garden saved me literally hundreds of dollars.

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Asphalt Garden: Weather be Damned, I’m Doing my Fall Planting

Technically, it's fall. It's also going to be over 90 degrees this weekend in Los Angeles, where I live. Despite the absence of dropping temperatures, I couldn't


Asphalt Garden: Hornworms Nosh on Tender Tomato Shoots

As I was giving my tomato plants the once-over after returning from vacation, they all looked to be doing well to me. Then I did a double-take.


Asphalt Garden: The Basil Plants Get Serious Haircuts

As it's gotten later in the summer, my basil plants have stopped putting out new foliage and switched instead to flowering. This makes the leaves more bitter.


Asphalt Garden: Slice a Tomato and Check the Results

When I first started tackling the fungus problem in my tomatoes, I reported that the fungus had only been affecting the leaves, not the tomato


Asphalt Garden: I Learn a Simple Lesson the Hard Way

That lesson? Cucumbers need lots of water. This is obviously a no-brainer, and I didn't intentionally slack on the watering. I thought my self-watering container would give me


Asphalt Garden: Hearty Tomatoes Restore My Faith

A month ago, I was bereft. "I am mourning the premature death of my tomato plants once again," I wrote. A fungus had swept through the dense


Asphalt Garden: Revelling in a Massive Carrot Harvest

Last week I harvested the remainder of my carrot crop - an entire wine barrel planter that was full of bright-orange roots. The official weigh-in was more


Asphalt Garden: Mid-season Report Card

It's the middle of July, and time to grade my garden's performance. Overall, I've been pleased with how things have grown. The best performances definitely came from the


One Culinary Benefit of My Neighbor’s New Landscaping

I've written before about scoping out your neighborhood for decorative plants that double as edible herbs, like thyme,

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