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You can get an idea of your soil’s components by doing the following test: fill a large jar, such as a mayo jar, ⅓ with a sample of your soil (leaves and other organic material removed), one tablespoon of powdered dishwasher soap, and ⅔ with water.  Shake vigorously, and then let sit for at least half an hour.  The layers will become more delineated the longer the sample sits.  The soil will settle into layers, sand on the bottom, silt next, then a layer of clay.  Organic matter will float to the top.  The perfect combination is 45% sand, 35% silt, 20 % clay, and 5% organic matter.

Soil Testing Services:


Malibu Compost – Available in 1 cubic foot and quart bags at Aqua-Flo Supply located at 2137 Dominguez St., Torrance – 310.782.0355  (note: Aqua-Flo is also a great source for irrigation supplies.)

Wyndbrandt Farms – Available in .75 cubic foot bags.  Larger orders can be delivered.  For more info, contact Steven Wynbrandt – 310.968.8071


These books are available at either the Los Angeles Public Library or The Palos Verdes Library.

The Bountiful Container by McGee & Stuckey.  The definitive container gardener’s bible.  There have been many written since, but I take this off the shelf time after time.

Sunset Western Book of Edibles: the complete A to Z guide to growing your own vegetables, herbs, and fruits  A fantastic resource.

Teaming With Microbes by Lowenfels & Lewis.  Think you understand soil?  Trust me, you will truly understand how much you DIDN’T know before reading this book.  It will open your eyes to the world literally under your feet.  Recommended read for any serious organic gardener.

Pests of the Garden and Small Farm, A Grower’s Guide to Using Less Pesticide by Mary Louise Flint.  Recommended by the University of California to help you identify pests and deal with them quickly.

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray.  Inspiring story of ordinary gardeners saving seeds.


This is just a partial listing of the seed sources that are out there.  Many specialize in organic and/or heirloom seeds.  “*” in front of names indicate organizations based in California.

* Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

* Bountiful Gardens

Fedco Seeds

High Mowing Organic Seeds

* JL Hudson, Seedsman

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Native Seeds/SEARCH

Nichol’s Garden Nursery

*Peaceful Valley Seeds

* Renee’s Garden

* Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA)

Seed Savers Exchange

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

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