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The Weekly Wrap-Up: Aquascapes, sanitariums, crickets, problematic vegetable gardens and more

September 19, 2009 | 12:28 pm

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In the still-kicking, hold-in-your-hands, costs-less-than-a-tetra issue of the Sept. 19 Los Angeles Times Home section:

Aquascapes: Who needs the fish? The story and photo gallery on the art of aquarium gardening. (If you want to see the aquascapers' miniature tool shed, including those scissors pictured above, used to trim ground cover, turn to Page 6.)

The Realist Idealist: Victory gardens sound great, but what if your soil is contaminated? More important, how can you tell? The column by Times staffer Susan Carpenter, who writes on green home improvement and sustainable living for Home. Want to get your dirt tested? Click here.

Lost L.A.: Long, long, long before Burke Williams, there was the Glendale Sanitarium. It's the latest installment of Sam Watters' column on Southern California social history as told through the homes and gardens that are no longer part of our landscape. Past columns are archived here.

Hot Property: Milla Jovovich, Bing Crosby, former Raven Chris McAlister, "Grey's Anatomy" actor Mark Saul and more. Times columnist Lauren Beale's latest is here.

Man of the House: It's that time. Chris Erksine on cricket and soccer season.

-- Craig Nakano

Photos, clockwise from top: "Mountainscape" tank design by Peter Kirwan of Dublin, Ireland; Susan Carpenter's raised vegetable beds; Jiminy Cricket; Pro Scissors Wave Type designed by Aqua Design Amano; Milla Jovovich; the Glendale Sanitarium as rendered on a vintage postcard.

Photo credits, clockwise from top: Courtesy of www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org; Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times; Walt Disney Studios; Aqua Design Amano; Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times; courtesy of Sam Watters.

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