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Field Trip: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Pt. 3 – Knowledge Passed Down

During my time at the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, I took a few classes. It was more like I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to gather as much information as possible from the … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Pt. 2 – Veggies and Fruits

Now for the good stuff: specific crops grown at Monticello. Some of these veggies and fruits date back to 1774 when Jefferson first planted the crop. We brought home a few seed packets (who could resist) to try them out … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Part 1 – The Garden

I didn’t think I had a bucket list until I realized I hadn’t yet been to Monticello. That was nearly 10 years ago. Last weekend, I ticked Monticello off the bucket list. It was worth the wait in every way … Continue reading

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Design: Productive Patio Garden

We specialize in small-space biointensive gardening here at Gardenerd, so we get a lot of calls to install patio gardens from eager folks with limited space and sunlight. Our latest patio garden project gave the homeowner an herb garden, a … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Saving Tomato Seeds and Blight

A question came in to Ask Gardenerd from Jeff Bremer this week: “This is a two-part question: 1. I save seeds from each year’s tomato crop to plant the following year. I can never get all the “meat” of the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Keep Going!

Summer winds down and our thoughts turn to fall gardening, or for some, the end of the season. Sometimes it’s hard to move forward when all we want to do is take a nap or escape to some far-off place. … Continue reading

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Plan Your Bee-Friendly Garden

Today’s post includes an infographic sent by Budget Direct down under. It shares how to create a bee-friendly garden for your local pollinator population. While here at Gardenerd we always recommend starting with native plants for your particular climate and … Continue reading

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#BeInconvenient

With the recent release of Al Gore’s The Inconvenient Sequel, and the recent news of America’s exit from the Paris Climate Accord, it seems appropriate to focus on what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint once again. While … Continue reading

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Review: Soil Summit 2.0 – Terroir

Last week I attended the Urban Soil Summit 2.0, a deeper look into soil and how to bring it back to life. This year’s theme was Terroir, a sense of place. Terroir encompasses the environmental conditions (soil, terrain, water, climate) … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Waning Garden

August is a time of abandonment. We want to leave town, and our garden can look less than stellar as punishing heat dries up the soil. At least that’s the case here in Los Angeles. Late planting (in late June/early … Continue reading

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