Seed heads start to emerge from grassy stalks.

Growing White Sonora Wheat

Every year we experiment with growing a new grain, not only to enjoy it in the kitchen, but to generate biomass for the compost bin. This year we chose White Sonora Wheat, and heirloom wheat. According to Slow Food USA, … Continue reading

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Ours was #17. Would we win?

Field Trip: Honey Tasting Competition

You would never know how different honey can taste from hive to hive until you’ve tasted a few samples side by side. It’s astounding, really. The flavor profiles range from grassy to floral to fruity, just like a good wine … Continue reading

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Fertile soil meant abundant harvests for trade.

Gardens of Pompeii

I had the privilege of visiting the California Science Center to see the Pompeii exhibit over the holidays, where I saw ancient ruins preserved in ash from the massive eruption of the Vesuvius in AD 79. Having been to Pompeii … Continue reading

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Chill Hours: Choosing the Right Fruit Tree

A question came in to Ask Gardenerd this week about fruit trees: “What peaches grow best and are most flavorful in Mar Vista? Also what types of plums/pluots? I live in west Mar Vista, CA. Thanks for your help and … Continue reading

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Fresh picked eggplant, dill and parsley form the base of this meal.

Recipe: Crisp Fried Eggplant with Parsley Sauce

If you’re been reading this blog for awhile, you’ll have noticed by now that Rose Elliot is one of my favorite cookbook authors. She excels at combining minimal ingredients for maximum flavor. With its promise of “30 minutes or less,” … Continue reading

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New Year’s Garden Resolutions 2015

Happy New Year, fellow Gardenerds! 2015 is here, the days are growing longer each day, and seed catalogs have arrived. We’ve been poring over them during breakfast, marking off new heirloom discoveries to try this year. This exploration leads to … Continue reading

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Dr. Mercola's Sprout Doctor Sprouting Kit. Get 3 with our giveaway!

Giveaway: Sprouting Seeds for Greens All Winter

It’s holiday time, which means thoughtful gifts and good cheer with loved ones. It also means, for many people, a winter without fresh greens in the garden. Thankfully, we can sprout seeds indoors for snipping into salads, soups and more … Continue reading

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Photo by Andrew Cheeseman

Scoring Big with the Rain Barrel Rebate

We try to write blog posts with a nationwide focus, but every once in a while, something with a local flare is in order. This is one of those times: Los Angeles is finally seeing some rain, and our rain … Continue reading

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Yours truly and Will Allen of Growing Power

Field Trip: Ocean View Farms and Will Allen

I had the pleasure of arranging a visit to Ocean View Farms organic community garden for a group of innovative folks who are working to solve several issues at once: food waste, food deserts, soil fertility, and carbon loss. What’s … Continue reading

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New bioswale captures and sinks water deep into the ground for fruit trees to enjoy.

Big Changes for a Big Front Yard

Our largest Turf Removal Rebate project to date involved eliminating 3,000 square feet of lawn in a big front yard and parkway in Beverlywood. The owners wanted to reduce their water bill and make their front yard an inviting place … Continue reading

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