Author Archives: Christy

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Ask Gardenerd: Protecting Blackberries

We got a good one from Ask Gardenerd this week: “Hello, our blackberries are thriving this year, probably because of all the rain we got in SoCal, but I am afraid the birds will get them before us, like they … Continue reading

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Benefits Of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) changed the way farmers do business. No longer do they have to go through a middle man to reach the consumer, they can sell direct. It means a larger share of profit and a stronger relationship … Continue reading

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Fresh strawberries from everbearing plants. We love Seascapes! Feed with kelp emulsion every two weeks.

Wordless Wednesday: May

May is here and the garden begins to show signs of fruit. Flowers have been going off since April, but now is the time for summer fruits and veggies to jump into action. A few simple actions can help your … Continue reading

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Rosemary is flowering now. We'll prune it back by a third when flowers finishing.

YouTube: Trees and Shrubs for Bees

We continue our Plants for Pollinators Series with Honeylove.org. Our latest video gives you helpful suggestions for trees and shrubs you can plant for the pollinators in your life. They need pollen and nectar throughout the year, and some of … Continue reading

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Silks out at 1-foot tall. UGH!

Corn Failure A.K.A. Starting Over

In a small-space garden, the beds aren’t always ready when it’s time to plant new crops in the ground, so if we start seeds in flats, we close the gap between pulling winter crops and planting spring/summer crops. Every year … Continue reading

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Build up 4 more layers, alternating them like the layer below and place an old oven rack on top.

Build a Rocket Stove

What’s a rocket stove, you ask? It’s a stove designed to use 80% less fuel for heating, cooking and canning. How can you build a rocket stove in less than an hour? We’ve got you covered right here. Rocket stoves … Continue reading

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Custom Biologicals has 20 years experience creating beneficial biota amendments for garden and agricultural soils.

Shop: Custom Biologicals

We’re thrilled to offer a new product line in the Gardenerd Store: Custom Biologicals. If you’ve always wanted to apply biologically active compost tea (ACT) to your garden but don’t have the time to buy all the ingredients to brew … Continue reading

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Spring Polenta with Radishes and Garlic Scapes

Recipe: Spring Polenta with Radishes and Garlic Scapes

Spring is for cooking fresh from the garden. How delightful it is to run across a recipe, and to happen to have all the ingredients on hand, either in the fridge or in the garden. For those harvesting winter- or … Continue reading

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Carrot harvest includes (left to right) Pusa Asita, Cosmic Purple, Yellowstone and Red Core Chantenay.

Wordless Wednesday: April

We know half the country is still blanketed with snow, but April is off the chain in southern gardens. It’s going gangbusters here, folks. Come August/September our garden will look like death warmed over (scorched, in fact) so this is … Continue reading

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The warm glow of beeswax is comforting and beautiful.

Candles from Bees

I usually leave crafting to Martha Stewart, but this project has been four years in the making and I’m chuffed about it. Four years ago we began harvesting honey from our backyard bee hive. Four years ago we started saving … Continue reading

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