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How to grow flowers organically

Los Angeles farmer Tara Kolla shares her secrets to growing great blooms, using organic methods

Farmer Tara Kolla
Photos by Coral Von Zumwalt

An urban oasis

The most common myth about growing flowers is that you need to use herbicides or pesticides to get the best blooms.

But Tara Kolla, a former public relations executive turned backyard farmer, has learned how to produce beautiful bouquets organically on her half-acre of land in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles.

Seven years of trial and error have taught Kolla which sun-loving plants, like these ranunculus, are the easiest and most trouble-free to grow organically.

Read on for her 4 top picks.


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