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L.A. urban farmer built an edible garden on concrete patio

This is the latest in a new series we call Plant PPL, where we interview people of color in the plant world. If you have any suggestions for PPL to include in our series, tag us on Instagram @latimesplants.

Ken Sparks is a sentimental gardener.

The Ohio native’s East L.A. garden is filled with more than 50 types of fruit trees and plants, some of which pay homage to his family and reflect the diversity of his hometown of Twinsburg.

“I have little pieces of home in my garden,” said Sparks, 37, as he identified water lilies and an heirloom beefsteak begonia from his grandmother’s garden. “One of the things that keep me grounded is my garden. It reminds me of my family, and of Ohio.”

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Resin, Metal, Or Concrete Gardens Statues – The Pros and Cons of Each

Garden sculptures can be made from nearly any durable material.  The most popular are concrete, resin, and metal.  Here are some things you should know about each.

Concrete garden statues:  Because these are made from molds, you can get nearly any size, shape, or style of this type of statue that you would like.  Concrete statues are sold in both finished and unfinished styles.  It is very affordable and if you buy unfinished and paint it yourself then it is even more so.

One thing you should know about concrete garden statuary is that it can get very heavy, very quickly.  If you live in a high wind area this is great, but be sure that you have help moving big pieces.  The only real downside is that concrete is not as detailed as resin.

Resin garden statues:  Resin is a hard plastic material that can be molded into just … Read More

Why Interior Concrete Flooring Is a Good Choice for Allergy Sufferers

For those who live with upper respiratory complications, such as asthma or allergies, indoor air quality is a top-priority in their home. And fortunately for them, there are various options for improving and maintaining a healthy indoor air environment. Homeowners have resorted to purchasing and installing humidifiers, hospital-grade air ducts, air purifiers, filters, and more to eliminate airborne contaminants and lingering dust. But what many do not know is that there is an option for allergy-free flooring too! Interior concrete flooring is a great choice for homeowners who have upper respiratory themselves, or children who do. Continue reading to learn why!

Better Than Carpet and Tile Combined

Carpeting is among the most common commodities in a home that retain dust, pollen, mold, dander, and more, all of which irritate and complicate upper respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. They trap these contaminants in large quantities, and are not entirely eliminated … Read More

Concrete, Metal, Or Resin Garden Statues – What is the Best Choice For Your Garden

Garden statues come in many different materials.  The most popular though are concrete, resin, and metal.  Here are the benefits and differences between them.

Concrete garden statues:  These are very affordable and are sold in both finished and unfinished styles.  You can get almost any type of concrete statuary that you want in nearly any size you want.  The big benefit of buying unfinished concrete sculptures is that if you decide to paint it then you will not only get it cheaper, but also get the exact colors you want.

The only bad part about getting concrete statuary for your garden is that they can get very heavy if the statues are big and they are not as detailed as resin statues.  However, if you live in a high wind area, heavy can be a big advantage.

Resin garden statues:  Basically resin is a hard plastic material.  The big advantage … Read More