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LA County Smartgardening – Water Conservation

Source: Smartgardening – Water Conservation

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Landscaping & Pools | Pasadena Water and Power

Lots of ideas and rebates for local residents.

Pasadena Water and Power takes pride in providing safe, reliable, environmentally responsible water and power service at competitive rates. As a community-owned utility, PWP’s first priority is to serve our customers.

Source: Landscaping & Pools | Pasadena Water and Power


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Foods that are both fatty and sweet can hijack the part of the brain that regulates food consumption

More evidence that we are being manipulated into eating the wrong thing.  “What do we do when the products of our genius and our industry short-circuit our evolved traits and lead us down a path of destruction?”

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Human ingenuity has combined fats and carbohydrates to produce such crowning culinary glories as the doughnut, fettuccine Alfredo, nachos and chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. These delectables do not exist in nature. Nor does the human capacity to intuit their calorie content.

Source: Foods that are both fatty and sweet can hijack the part of the brain that regulates food consumption


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The Herbal Sinus Rinse – Using Herbs With Your Neti Pot | Iowa Herbalist

I’ve been a fan of Neti Pot’s for some time.  Being a Master Gardener I’m exposed to a lot of pollen, dust, etc.  and was taking  an antihistamine daily when a friend recommended a neti pot.  Amazing.  So I love this article.

 

Using herbs with your neti pot is great for those funky, dry late-winter months, a time when cold and flu season seems to be over, and yet you find yourself still blowing your nose, over and over. You might be a bit unsure about whether you are dealing with allergies, or the last cold of the season to kick your butt.

Source: The Herbal Sinus Rinse – Using Herbs With Your Neti Pot | Iowa Herbalist


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Trees in So Cal, threats and new varieties…

We love trees here at Pasadena Learning Gardens and aspire to help the amazing urban forest we reside in.   Stress from drought has weakened many trees making them more vulnerable to disease and insects.  Here is a wonderful summary of the issues and it would be great if people replied with stories of both the victims and trees that are thriving in this situation.

LA Times story on local trees and threat presented by insects and disease


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The Mother Plant Collection

I don’t think it will come as a surprise to hear that our landscapes, especially here in Southern California, need to change.  We’ve offered some guidance on our Sustainability page, but this project is about identifying the best drought tolerant plants for these future landscapes.  Best is always a tricky word.  I’m looking for attractive, easy to grow and propagate, drought tolerant plants that may even offer some medicinal benefits and / or have a great story attached.  After identifying these 6-12 plants, I intend to put in a collection from which cuttings can be taken at the Altadena Community Garden, the La Casita community center, and the Hathaway Sycamores Learning Garden, and get this propagation going along with classes on how to do it yourself.  Let me know what your candidates are.

I love White Sage and need to have it but have not be great at propagating it, so here…

Source: How to Root White Sage | Home Guides | SF Gate