Nan Sterman’s Plant Soup Inc.

Headshot of Nan StermanNan Sterman is an author, designer, educator, and a California leading garden expert. For nearly 20 years, Nan has reported on horticulture, agriculture, and gardening in San Diego County. Her combination of traditional techniques with modern technology helps teach clients about edible and environmentally friendly gardening at home and in schools.

Nan is also the host, co-writer and co-producer of the KPBS garden lifestyle program A Growing Passion, a show that gives viewers a fresh perspective into California and Southwest gardening.

Otay Water District’s Pipeline, a quarterly newsletter, features a garden column by Nan. Her stories offer residents within the District a guide to sustainable and low-maintenance gardening.

To find garden design tips and coaching by Nan, visit

Pipeline features by Nan Sterman:
Weedcloth Revealed
Featured in the spring 2018 issue
A few years ago, we shot an episode of A Growing Passion about creating waterwise gardens. Among the gardens we showcased was a beautiful Los Angeles garden designed by…

A Few of my Favorite Flowering Shrubs
Featured in the winter 2018 issue
In other regions of the country, residents are aching for the long, drab winter to end. As if to hasten its end, they take this time to plan bright displays of annual flowers that mark the transition to spring.

Plant and Tree Watering Basics: Keeping Plants Healthy After Hotter Temperatures
Featured in the fall 2017 issue
Finally it’s fall! Cool days and cool nights are a huge relief, for both people and plants. It also means it is time to change the way you are watering your garden.

Tree Watering Basics: Keep Trees Healthy After a Drought
Featured in the summer 2017 issue
It’s nice to get a breather from extreme drought, but we live in a water-poor region and our gardens – along with our lifestyles…

Planting Slopes and Hillsides: Gardening at an Angle
Featured in the winter 2017 issue
Many San Diego subdivisions are cut into hillsides and out of hillsides, thanks to our wacky topography and policy of building…

Feasting Through Fall
Featured in the fall 2016 issue
It is always a bit sad to pick the last of the summer’s tomatoes, squash, pumpkins and eggplants. These are my favorite vegetables…

El Niño Finally Arrived – Now What?
Featured in the winter 2016 issue
We’ve had our first taste of El Niño rains; four inches in three days! That’s almost half the rainfall we normally see…

Give That Tree a Drink
Featured in the fall 2015 issue
The weather is finally (and thankfully) cooling as San Diegans await the El Nino rains…

Figs Don’t Drink
Featured in the summer 2015 issue
You might wonder if the drought means the end of fruit trees in our backyards. The answer is “no.” There are many kinds…