Natalie’s LA Nature Journal

Birds of the Balcony Garden

Birds of the Balcony Garden

The Balcony Garden receives many visitors, but as spring approaches, we are starting to get a few seasonal birds coming through for a snack or a drink of water. Scrub Jay Scrub Jay with a few Mourning Doves Two Mockingbirds About to Throw IT DOWN California Towhee European Starling Starling Seems to be Nesting

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Take a Hike: How to Enjoy Amir’s Garden

Take a Hike: How to Enjoy Amir’s Garden

Amir’s Garden has become one of my regular spots for a quick, gorgeous hike. The paths to Amir’s Garden are my nature escape in the middle of the city, helping me untangle my thoughts and stress with each step. I went to Amir’s Garden twice this past week, exploring two the ways to get up to the garden.

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Fall Garden Prep

Fall Garden Prep

The summer heat is here, but we are looking ahead to the fall. What will we do to get the garden ready? 1. Take out plants that are not working in the garden. Aaron and Natalie have over 50 plants in their community garden plots. The ones that are not producing are getting the boot!

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Harvesting Lettuce Seeds

Harvesting Lettuce Seeds

My fiancé and I are members of the Sepulveda Community Garden Center in Encino where we have two plots. Our first plot (in the photo below) is 30 x 20ft, and our newer plot is just under 10 x 20ft of space. In this larger plot we had two lettuce plants that bolted, which means they started blooming flowers and going to

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Take a Hike: Stough Canyon Park

Take a Hike: Stough Canyon Park

Last week I revisited one of my favorite local hiking spots, Stough Canyon Park. This expansive Burbank park is home to several look-out spots with perfectly placed benches. There are several trails to take, making each visit a “choose your own adventure” moment.

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My Garden Tea Blends

My Garden Tea Blends

As a gardener, my favorite plants to work with are herbs. I particularly like perennial herbs which continue growing each year, like rosemary, lemon verbena and sage. The weather in Southern California can get hot, especially in Encino (which is in the San Fernando...

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About Natalie

Hello! I'm Natalie, an artista, garden philosopher, UC Master Gardener and Plant Detective.  This is my hub for all things nature, self care and community care.

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