Not so foreign, but I'd never seen a quince in person before.

Field Trip: Little Farm in Encino, CA

We’re about to take you on a journey to a magical place; a place where tropical and rare fruits grow in abundance, where grapevines climb arbors, where goats, chickens, rabbits and birds live in comfort, all in the middle of … Continue reading

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Fresh sage is fragrant and adds earthy flavor to fall and winter dishes.

Harvesting Sage

I have a confession to make. I’ve never really been able to keep culinary sage alive, even though it’s a perennial. Therefore I’ve had very little experience with harvesting sage, aside from picking individual leaves, because it usually dies in … Continue reading

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sliced zucchini

Recipe: Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna

This week, we continue our efforts to provide interesting meal ideas with the abundance of zucchini coming in from the garden. Are you sick of it yet? Hopefully not, because this zucchini quinoa lasagna (technically lasagne, because we’re using more … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Tree Roots in my Garden

A great question came in this week to Ask Gardenerd: “It’s Yvette from Mar Vista!!! I have a BURNING QUESTION!!! We have a big big rainbow eucalyptus tree in our front yard that is causing big, big problems with our … Continue reading

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Steve Martin films

An Entirely Flattering Open Letter To Steve Martin

(Fellow gardenerd, forgive my use of this platform to express what appears to be unrelated subject matter, but it’s something I have to do. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.) An Entirely Flattering Open Letter to Steve … Continue reading

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Summer Pruning

These Dog Days of summer are challenging. It’s too hot to plant or work in the garden, but garden is starting to look ragged as plants near the end of their life cycle. What to do? It’s time for a … Continue reading

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Summer party lights hang from a giant Brazilian Pepper tree

Summer Garden Party Recipes

It’s hot, and nobody wants to turn on the oven. This is the time for a magical, outdoor, sunset-lit summer garden party. These parties are the stuff of summer. How many childhood memories do we all have from outdoor summer … Continue reading

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Kangaroo Paw - available in red, yellow and chartreuse

The New Drought Landscape

Water, water, everywhere…well, not so much anymore. States like California and Texas are suffering severe drought conditions and gardeners are rising to the occasion by swapping out thirsty lawns for drought tolerant plant material. A new phrase, “drought shaming” is … Continue reading

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One of many carrot seed heads

Saving Carrot Seeds

Carrots are fun to grow at home and if you’re lucky, some of them will bolt to seed at the end of the season. Then, if you grew an heirloom or open pollinated variety, you can save those carrot seeds. … Continue reading

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Ratatoulle, RatItalian-Style

Ratatouille, RatItalian-Style

When I saw that Smitten Kitchen recreated the ratatouille recipe from Pixar’s animated film of the same name, I couldn’t resist making it. But there’s one caveat: I don’t care for peppers, which traditionally show up in this dish. So … Continue reading

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