July in the Garden

July 2, 2015

2015-07-02 09.51.59We’re officially in our summer months, but it’s hard to tell based on the weather.  Rain, thunder and lightning, it’s definitely a mixed bag.   I love the cloudiness and the sprinkles, but the lightning brings the possibility for wild fires.  Thankfully, no damage over the last few days, at least here in San Diego.

No matter what the weather brings, we’ve got a lot to think about in the garden, so check out July in the Garden to stay on top of your garden’s needs.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!  I know I’ll be spending part of it in my yard.  :-)




JUNE in the Garden

June 14, 2015

It’s almost summer and there is work to be done!!! I know it’s already halfway through June, but it’s never too late to get things done in your garden. Proactive rather than reactive, I say!


2015-05-09 06.58.40My tool storage idea came out great!


Succulent Cutting Points

June 12, 2015

I have a lot of succulents and I’m always happy to share, but I haven’t always been as successful as I would like when it comes to propagating new plants. Succulents are pretty easy to root but it helps to have a little info to work from.

I was discussing this with a friend who is very knowledgeable about succulents and she gave me a photo-copied sheet of different cutting points on a succulent stem. I wish I could give attribution to this great guideline to follow for cutting succulents for propagation but I was unsuccessful in finding the source. Anyway, I realize now that I have been cutting too long a stem and will change my propagation technique to get better results. Here’s a picture with information below it that I have created for your information.

Succulent propagation

A – Cutting this high on the stem is known as “pinching out.” The reason to pinch this high on the plant stem is to create growth for multiple cuttings or have the plants develop into a multi-headed plant. Cutting this high will force side stems to grow that will be viable cuttings themselves once they’ve grown out. The top part that is cut off is not a viable cutting and will not root so just throw it away.

B – Cutting here is optimal for creating a new plant from the top part and forcing new shoots to grow off the stem. This method works best if a few leaves are left on the stem, allowing it to recover more efficiently, producing the most new stems.

C – Cutting at this mark is officially called deadheading. A cut made here will result in a plant that will root easily. The stem most likely won’t develop any shoots and can slowly wither down.

D – Cutting lower on the stem creates a longer stem, but takes much longer to establish roots. The lower stem might produce a few shoots, but can also wither down.

E – Cutting further down the stem is not recommended because the head will have to work hard to get established and the lower stem is likely to die.


Calendar - Secret Garden Tour of LJ 2015


Leslie In The News!

April 30, 2015

Leslie In The News! – I was featured in the Coronado Eagle-Journal in a spot about Mediterranean gardening and my succulent shutters were highlighted.  I thought the article was going to feature four or five different gardeners so I was a bit surprised to find out it was only me!

Read the whole article here:   Planting During A Drought

succulent shutters


This tree combination in Coronado on Flora Avenue near Star Park has been stopping traffic for a couple of weeks.

The orange tree is an Australian Flame Tree (Ilawarra) and the purple is a Jacaranda.  Throw in our flag and a picket fence and, Voila!, classic Americana!

I captured this image in the late morning with the remnants of a gray sky which made the colors even better.  Wowza!!!

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As part of the centennial of the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa, San Diego Floral Association and San Diego Horticulture Society are teaming up to do a spectacular historic gardens tour of North Park, Marston Hills, Mission Hills and Bankers Hill. This is going to be a great tour!!!

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March 27, 2015

I bought ladybeetles aka ladybugs a few weeks ago and released them one evening in my yard. They hung around for a few days and formed little cliques, hanging in groups all over my garden.  A lot of them have since flown off to other gardens, but I still see quite a few around the […]

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It’s Time To Plant Sunflowers Seeds!

March 18, 2015

It’s time to plant sunflower seeds!  Mid-March is time to start seedlings to have blooms around the 4th of July.  Snails and slugs LOVE to munch on the seedlings, and will take them to the ground overnight.  It is preferable to start seeds in a flat with seed starter soil and let them grow until […]

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It’s March Already?!!!

March 4, 2015

I’m a few days behind, but a reminder that it’s time to think about what you need to do in your garden. Here’s March In The Garden for your perusal.  Fertilizing will be a big job this month. Also, if you’re not following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instragram, don’t forget to check 3000tomatoes on […]

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Miscellaneous Monday 2-23-15

February 23, 2015

A New York Times Opinion Piece:  Look Carefully at those Seeds. This is good to know.  I have a stash that probably needs to be culled.  How long do seeds last? Visuals are always good:  Everything you need to know about vegetable gardening in one graphic. I’m growing blueberries and citrus trees in pots:  Growing […]

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