Season of Change

As we pass through Autumn at the Earthlab Native Plants Propagation Center, it is natural to observe how our seasonal activities change. This time of year, we are gathering the last of this year’s seeds and storing them in anticipation … Continued

Getting Rid of the Reed

Amidst the whirring  of brushcutters, tinkling of glass bottles and the bellow of tuba music from passing cars, volunteers at Southcrest Community Center yesterday tackled a creek full of giant reed in celebration of the international Coastal Cleanup Day. It … Continued

Sept. 9 – Save the Date! Brush Management Meeting

Brush Management Zone – Informational Meeting Wednesday, September 9 9:00 AM 5106 Federal Blvd. #203 – Coffee and breakfast treats will be served –   Have you received a brush management citation from the City of San Diego? Community representatives … Continued

A Prickly Project

Our native prickly pear (Opuntia littoralis) has a bad case of cochineal scale. The white fluff is covering the pads and causing them to dry out and break down. We are working to eradicate this insect infestation by scrubbing it … Continued


This weekend’s torrential rains gave unexpected relief to our pioneering native plants out in the canyon. Back at the propagation center where it all begins, we cleaned and planted the seeds of jojoba or “goat nut” (Simmondsia chinensis). This handy … Continued