Perhaps because the real estate market is heating up again, we’re getting a lot of requests for gardening resources in the Los Angeles area. It thought I’d list our favorite resources in this blog post that I can refer people to. But I need your help–please let me know in the comments if you know of a resource that I should have included.
Wallace Labs. When you fill out the form check off the box for “Standard Agricultural Soil Suitability Analysis.” All healthy gardens start with a soil test and Wallace Labs will have your results delivered by email within a few days.
Tree Care LA (Nick Araya, ISA Certified Arborist and Oscar Sanchez). Nick and Oscar did a great job with our trees. If you care about your trees, hire a certified arborist not just some dude with a chainsaw. It costs is nothing when you consider how much you’ll pay to fix the damage from a limb falling down on your roof in the next big winter storm.
Bay Laurel Nursery (mail order bare root). Order in the fall for January/February delivery. Get your order in soon as they often sell out of popular trees. Get trees with low chill hour requirements. Look up your chill hours here.
Check out Dave Wilson Nursery’s handy guide to backyard orcharding,
When to plant: http://www.scribd.com/doc/154952660/What-to-Plant-When-in-Southern-California
Vegetable gardening classes: Grow LA Victory Gardening Initiative.
Visit the Huntington Ranch for ideas and inspiration.
The Environmental Change Makers offer a number of great classes and publications: How to Get Rid of Bermuda Grass, and How to Make Your Garden GMO-free http://www.scribd.com/EnviroChangeMakers/. Booklets about high-yield organic vegetable gardening in SoCal’s unique year-round growing season http://envirochangemakers.org/publications/. Monthly organic vegetable gardening classes at the two community gardens in Westchester http://www.EnviroChangeMakers.org
Monthly vegetable gardening classes at The Learning Garden at Venice High School.
Seed Library of Los Angeles SLOLA.org (meetings and seed saving classes).
Los Angeles Urban Chicken Enthusiasts
How to videos starring Kirk Anderson at the Backwards Beekeepers blog.
DIY option: Art Ludwig’s free laundry to landscape plans at Oasis Designs. Or buy his books, Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems – Includes Branched Drains and Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use. Brad Lancaster’s book: Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond (Vol. 2): Water-Harvesting Earthworks
Greywater Corp (design, installation and classes)
Apartment Therapy has a good list.
Annie’s Annuals (mail order from SF Bay area).
Help me out here readers–if you know of some good folks leave a comment . . .