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Stories by Pat Welsh

Adventures with the Compost Pile, Part 2

Childhood experiences in England demonstrate composting as an easy, beneficial way to recycle organic waste, but in San Diego County the author encounters drought, animal pests, and the concerns of neighbors. Ancient compost piles were ...

August 24, 2011
Adventures with the Compost Pile

Homemade compost adds nitrogen and other nutrients to soils. It improves tilth and contributes to microbial action that greatly enhances plant health. No wonder throwing good stuff from the kitchen down the drain or sending ...

August 17, 2011
San Diego garden writer Pat Welsh watches her friends plant vegetables

A few years ago a friend of Lou’s and mine planted a vegetable garden for the first time. George and his wife Sally lived in an old house high on a hill with an ocean ...

April 2, 1998
The heartbreaking Monterey cypress

The Monterey cypress is one of the worst trees for Southern California. It drips needles and sticky sap, is prone to beetles and fungus, and its roots are so invasive it’s difficult or impossible to garden under.

January 15, 1998
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