Author Archives: Christy

Ask Gardenerd: Squash Vine Borers

A troubling question came into Ask Gardenerd this week from Jennifer: “I’m a new gardener (4 years), and EVERY SINGLE YEAR, vine borers eat my zucchini plants. But I keep planting them because they are my favorite!! None of my … Continue reading

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Essential Plants for a Great Butterfly Garden

Today’s post is from guest blogger Randy Schultz from American Meadows. Butterflies need our help and in this article he suggests plants that provide habitat for these beautiful creatures. Take it away Randy: Essential Plants for a Great Butterfly Garden … Continue reading

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New 400+ Tips Gardening Book for Summer!

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of 400+ Tips for Organic Gardening Success: A Decade of Tricks, Tools, Recipes, and Resources from Gardenerd.com. It’s been ten years in the making and we’re launching it on June 20th, just in time … Continue reading

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Recipe: Blackberry Jam

Blackberry season comes on strong, and if you don’t embrace it, your garden will have an understory of rotten blackberries within a month. We’ve already frozen 3 pints of berries, and made blackberry ice cream. We’re still picking 2 cups … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Gardening for a Healthy Planet

I can’t believe I have to refer back to this article I wrote in February, but it’s more appropriate than ever now. While it’s comforting to see the rest of the world stand up for the planet in the absence … Continue reading

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Guess What! Tree Kale Does Go to Seed

I’ve heard colleagues say that tree kale never goes to seed, that it can only be propagated by cuttings. Well, my 10-foot tree kale would beg to differ. It’s gone to seed after falling over in a wind storm (probably … Continue reading

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Being Prepared

A building caught fire in our neighborhood recently, leading to a power outage for two hours. The lack of internet and electricity, even for a short time, reminds us how dependent we are upon these modern conveniences. A recent article … Continue reading

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Design: Vertical Patio Garden Delight

We recently created a tidy vertical garden for a busy business woman in Marina del Rey. Her condominium patio didn’t allow room for a full-sized garden, and tight quarters limited her sun exposure to one wall. Her patio housed a … Continue reading

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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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