03.09.2015 ‘Green globe’ artichoke growing in a planter out front.

Never Enough Dirt is a blog cataloging the passion that is “gardening.” This passion is rooted in the appreciation and wonderment of nature in all her forms– from her physical beauty to how her many systems interact and coexist. Gardening is a first hand way to experience and share her from the comfort of our doorsteps.  With that, I welcome you to my gardens.

(About me) in short:
Nature enthusiast, photographer, tinkerer, “Stay at home, Dad,” and former information technology (desktop support) manager with a formal background in economics.

Gardening Methodology:
My gardening is a highly Earth Systems Science centric approach. In other words, this approach recognizes the practices of many disciplines and matches them with a deeper understanding of how life exists in its different environments. When you visit our gardens, you will notice elements of farming, traditional gardening, and practices seen in permaculture integrated into our gardens. I combine these practices with a deeper understanding of how a particular plant prefers to grow in its natural environment in order to cultivate it with the least amount of resouces possible. For instance, I discovered that it is possible to grow Peruvian heirloom corn in the Los Angeles area; and growing them from fall through winter is the ideal time. This methodology not only enhances the efficiency of growing on a small scale, it makes possible the growing of plants that would otherwise be impossible to grow either because of restrictions of lot size, climate, or time of year.

My gardening background:
One can say that gardening is in my blood. Both of my parents garden. Each had their preference. My late father was a practical man and so he always preferred to grow plants that produced fruits, herbs, and vegetables. My mother, on the other hand, enjoys the beauty found in the flowers that she grows. You have probably guessed it by now, I love to grow them all. If only there is enough dirt to work.

When my gardening took off:
In 2009, I moved to a place that allowed my gardening interest to flourish into a passion. With a yard (albeit small), I was able to grow some vegetables and flowers.  Before then, I did not really have dirt of my own to grow more than a couple of plants. The yard I had access to was already crowded and claimed by my parents. The little patch that I was able to wrestle away, I used to grow okra.

Atlas holding watermelon
‘Sugar Baby’ watermelon harvest. 2015.

When I moved again in 2012, the new place came with an even larger yard! With more dirt to work, my gardening really took off. It was not long before I discovered that there is never enough dirt to grow all the things that I want to grow. In this process it was quickly discovered that as we become seasoned gardeners, we will probably share in common this sentiment whether our garden is located in a room, a balcony, patio, on an urban backyard, a community garden, homestead, or farm.

USDA Zone 10b / Southern California / USA

brian at neverenoughdirt dot com


  • Cesar Lopez

    June 27, 2019

    Hi there, i heard the podcast with Kevin at epic gardening and you talked about citrus. I was wondering if you can tell me where you purchase your citrus trees. I purchased some from a person who was selling blood orange trees but I am afraid the tree is infected and i have to destroy the tree. So, i want to buy from a reputable source if you can guide me in the right direction.

    I live in Los Angeles county (monterey park).

    Great info on Epic Gardening and I really like your IG content.


    Cesar LOpez

    • BrianT

      December 27, 2019

      Hello, Cesar. Sorry to hear about your tree. As you probably know, there is a citrus quarantine in LA county. To purchase trees locally, I head out of the county to the IE. For convenience and price, I like purchasing trees from Home Depot. While they are now putting HD labels on the trees, they are sourced from Durling Nursery. DN produces some of the finest citrus trees. When your plant your tree, I would choose the sunniest location. Citrus do best in full sun. Awesome, thanks for checking out my guest appearance on the EG podcast. Please feel free to reach out through IG. I check that platform more frequently; as you can probably tell from the response time to your comment, lol. Thank you, for commenting btw.

      Oh, for harder to find varieties, I like purchasing from https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/


  • David

    August 31, 2019

    I found some of your videos on youtube about Holy Basil. I’m not sure what variety I have. I got it from someone who is Thai. I first received tulsi from a co-worker friend who was returning to India. So the way she got it was buy some krapao from the Asian store and just put it in water and once it began to grow roots they planted it. I have a lot of plants in my yard. But was hoping you can help me with an issue I have with them. When I plant them, they germinate, then they grow with huge leaves, which is what I want. However as soon as the plants seed, the leaves shrink to about 1/3 of the size while they are growing.

    • BrianT

      December 27, 2019

      Hello, David,

      Way cool that you have holy basil growing thanks to a coworker. On your question, it sounds like the reason the leaves are getting smaller is because of the seed production. It takes a lot of energy for plants to produce flowers and seeds. They would divert leaf and stem grow to producing seeds. To encourage larger and more leaves, I would pinch off the parts that start to produce flower buds. Additionally, I would watch the fertility of the soil. If I am pinching leaves and the plant gets smaller, I would look to add fertilizer. Lastly, the seasons will have an affect. Plants are likely to get smaller has the temperatures fall.

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