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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Garden Guru Emilio "Elmo" Telles

Garden Guru:Watering flowers and plants in hot weather

Occasionally, when the temps hit the high ones, my customers will ask why I am watering at Armstrong nursery when it is kind of hot and during the middle of the day. They quote various stories/articles about NOT to water at that time of day. Well, here’s the deal. In a retail nursery the smaller containers(6-pack color, 4-inch pots and 1-gallon containers dry out quicker than plants that are in home gardens. For those at home gardens, I suggest our best selling items are a premium potting soil (for containers) and a... Read More →

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Jean Youn: The feel of summer

By chance, have you ever dipped your feet in a small creek in the mountains? Korea, where I grew up, has a lot of small mountains all over its land. During hot summer days, people frequently go up to the mountains and counter the heat by dipping their feet in the creeks. Not just the clear and cold water of the creek, but also the sound of stream makes them forget the sweltering heat. By the way, a stream makes a more pleasant and fresh sound if it flows in... Read More →

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Jean Youn: the Korean War and pop singer Insoony

A certain day or month reminds us of something special. Of course, everybody may have different things in mind. In June, what comes first to your mind? In June, most of the Korean people, maybe except the very young generation, think about “the Korean War,” which has another name, “the Forgotten War.” The war broke out on June 25, 1950. A pop singer was born out of the historic event. To be sure, she may not be familiar to you and you may have never heard her name. But in Korea... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Garden Guru Emilio "Elmo" Telles

Garden Guru: Freaky weather and your vegetable garden

Lately, I’ve noticed as I walk my dogs and listen to customer’s comments and questions that this vegetable season has been a roller-coaster ride for people’s gardens. From the start of “warm” season vegetables(February), we had warm days, cool nights with just a bit of rain. Warm season veggies are(but not limited too) mostly peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, melons etc. Cool season veggies like leaf lettuce, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc are on there way out so I would recommend trying them only from seeds this late. Problem is from the... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Why breathing is the best exercise

What kind of exercise do you do? Rather, what kind of exercise do you enjoy doing? It may be different depending on your age and inclination. For some, just to stroll about through the neighborhood is regarded as an exercise. Some people offer “breathing exercise” for an answer jokingly. As a matter of a fact, the most important one among the exercises is really breathing exercise. If we stop breathing exercise, simply we cannot do any other exercise. The reason why... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Roses, morning glory, and June

It’s June now. A variety of flowers will be in full blossom. When you realize that it is June, what flower comes first to your mind? For me, it is a rose. That’s not because of my personal experience or memory, but because of education. As I learned in class that roses bloom in June, I had to memorize it for a test. In fact, it was the morning glories that I had seen most at this time of a year.... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Happy Mother’s Day!

Have you ever seen broken branches on a gusty day? And then, have you seen a bird nest hanging on that branch? Yes, that’s really amazing. Though branches may be broken by strong wind, bird nests won’t be broken. However, every nest is not always like that. If a nest is built on a windy day, it won’t be broken easily because it is strong. But more importantly, maternal love to protect young birds must be the foundation of a strong... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Is it May or March again?

February this year has 29 days, instead of 28, because it is a leap year which comes every four years. Now, the solar calendar is the one which most of the countries on the globe use. However, there are some countries which use both the solar and the lunar calendar, especially in the Orient. China and Korea are representative among them. The solar calendar year has 365 days, but the lunar year has only 354 days. In other words, the lunar calendar is shorter that the solar one by 11 days. A... Read More →

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Jean Youn: A bowl of spring

A plate or a bowl where food is put is called as a “Geu-reut” in Korean. “Geu-reut” has a variety of names. For example, we call it as “Bab (steamed rice) Geu-reut” if a bowl contains steamed rice which is the main staple for Koreans. If it holds soup (“Kook” in Korean), it is called as “Kook-Geu-reut.” Likewise, if bread (“Bbang” in Korean) is on it, it is called as “Bbang Geu-reut.” And If spaghetti is on it, it becomes as “Spaghetti... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Music and the sweet sounds of spring

What kind of music do you like? What are your favorite songs? Different people like to listen to different kinds of music. However, there are some songs that many people, across cultures, generations and gender all seem to enjoy.There are certain things that touch sensitivities universally. I think a good example of such a song is Nella Fantasia, it is based on the theme song, “Gabriel’s Oboe,” from the movie “The Mission” (1986). Even though the song is sung in Italian, and I don’t speak any... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Garden Guru Emilio "Elmo" Telles

Garden Guru: Planting tomatoes and peppers part 2

Being in the retail nursery business as long as I have been, I frequently get asked–“What is the best tomato/pepper?”  I’ll smile and respond–“If you ask all five of my associates that question, you will get about five different answers.” But the tried and true favourites are: Better Boy(medium/large fruit) Champion(medium fruit) Cherry(Small salad-type) Beefsteak/Beefmaster/Big Boy( for “hamburger big size!) Sungold!( it’s a small cherry type of golden-red that is yummy! I’m so gonna try that one this season!) On the labels of the tomatoes they will be classified as... Read More →

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Photo: Terje Canavarro/Freelance photographer -- "GP7" shot in Griffith Park March 2012

Photo Gallery: Deer wild and free in the Southland

  Here are some wonderful  pictures of deer frolicking and roaming contently in the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park. Freelance photog Terje “Terry” Canavarro snapped these pictures recently with his digital Canon Rebel xsi . It took some extra effort and patience to get close enough to the deer to capture these images:”One of them charged at me but I kept on shooting! I hike a few miles but I don’t consider that trouble! I love it!”Canavarro explained in an email. Canavarro says he has “… been shooting photos since I... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Electricity, power outages, and spring

Have you ever experienced a sudden power outage? It’s a very frustrating ordeal because it prevents you from cooking, having air conditioning when it’s hot, heating when it’s cold, and these days we might feel helpless without a working computer. Just about everything that operates on electricity would not be working during a power outage. It’s also impossible to do any work at a dry cleaners if you’re not getting any electricity. Electricity seems to be as vital to us as air these days. Without electricity, life would be so... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Garden Guru Emilio "Elmo" Telles

Garden Guru: Planting tomatoes and peppers part 1

It’s about time for tomatoes and peppers. With these unusually cold nights and warm days those plants don’t know what to do! But they are readily becoming available at your local nurseries in seedling form. If you want to start from seeds, now is the time. For seed sowing this time of year, it’s a good idea to start them indoors using an old egg carton or singular peat pots that you can plant directly in the soil when you have at least three leaf shoots coming out from the... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Spring ahead with a new start

It is now March, meaning that it is almost spring. I like to think of spring as a time of renewal and starting fresh. In Korea, sometimes the beginning of spring is interrupted by unseasonably cold temperatures and sometimes it even snows. When this happens, it is said that the cold weather is jealous of the beauty of the flowers that bloom in the spring time. However, we know that the weather can’t have feelings of jealousy or any other feelings. People on the other hand, are sometimes very prone... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Sun of the heart

 Last week, I read a letter a father wrote to his daughter who is getting married. In the letter he wrote, “Dearest daughter, a long time ago in England, wives were called peace weavers.” It seems to suggest that the father was hoping that his daughter would be able to create peace in the new family she will start with her husband-to-be. As I read the letter, I was reminded of something. The Korean word for wife is ‘ah-neh’. The root of that word is ‘ahn-heh’. ‘Ahn’ means inside and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Actor Arlow Stewart in Abraham Lincoln Park 300 North Buena Vista Street Burbank February 25, 2012

UPDATED-Media City G Profile: Actor Arlow Stewart

There’s a ton of great talent in the Southland. So we’re going to be giving shout-outs to some of  that talent in a new feature called Media City G Profiles.  First up: Actor Arlow Stewart. I heard Arlow Stewart give a cold reading during a community event here in Burbank a short while ago. I was impressed with his skill. Others there commented on his strong vocal delivery as well. At the age of 16, Stewart and his mother took what he called “a risk of faith” by leaving Oklahoma City for Hollywood. Stewart enrolled at... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Another meaning for born again?

Does your car have any features that stand out? Sometimes I notice some very interesting accessories on cars. I have seen some pretty interesting vanity license plates and bumper stickers. Among these bumper stickers are some that proclaim the driver is “Born Again,” and I understand that holds a religious message. Quite a while ago, I remember driving on a one lane road with solid double lines separating the directional paths in the median. The speed limit was 50 miles an hour but the car in front of me was... Read More →

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Jean Youn:Valentine’s Day and overcoming differences with love

Though it really depends on the particular individual, it seems kids often don’t share all their thoughts and feelings with their parents. I’m sure that many of us can relate when we think about our teen years and early 20s. It was the same way 4000 years ago. This is what we call generation gaps. Even if we do succeed in trying to understand younger generations and even older generations, there would still be some clear differences between generations. An example of this generation gap is evident as I work... Read More →

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Media City G Connection: Jobs and career opportunities

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hiring. The Dodger organization is looking to fill several positions among them, security officer, account executive, usher, and stadium operations assistant.  Deadline to apply is Monday, February 13, 2012. Current Los Angeles Dodgers employees can submit a cover letter and resume directly to the Human Resources Department for consideration.  All other job seekers  are asked to apply on line at http://www.dodgers.com/ or send a cover... Read More →

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