The finished keyhole and flower garden, freshly planted

Bill Mollison – Father of Permaculture

You may have heard that Bill Mollison, considered one of the fathers of Permaculture, passed away this week. He lived from 1928-2016 and saw, I imagine, dramatic changes in our ecosystem during his lifetime. This Australia native spent his life … Continue reading

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Honey Tasting Tips

While attending the Heirloom Expo 2016 we discovered there would be a honey competition, that is to say, a contest for the best tasting honey. Since we are at or near honey harvesting time, it’s appropriate to share a few … Continue reading

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Monarchs love all the flowers on site.

Wordless Wednesday: Esalen Garden

If you’ve never been to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, you need to do whatever it takes to get there. The Esalen Farm and Garden encompasses all the best of biointensive agriculture, beauty, and spiritual connection to the … Continue reading

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Tomatoes

When to Harvest Garden Vegetables

This blog post is brought to you by the Home Garden Seed Association at EZfromSeed.org. If you don’t know when to harvest your summer crops, here’s a helpful guide: You put your time and energy into growing tomatoes, greens, zucchini, … Continue reading

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The squash tower reigns supreme over all other displays.

Wordless Wednesday: Heirloom Expo 2016

It’s beautiful up here at the Heirloom Expo 2016. There is so much to see, so I’ll just leave it to the photos to explain. And we have to finish with the squash tower, a mainstay of the Heirloom Expo:

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The pumpkin (ours anyway) was only about 8 inches in diameter.

Harvesting Silver Edge Pumpkin Seeds

I fell in love with Silver Edge pumpkin seeds the moment I laid eyes on them. This Mexico native squash wins every beauty contest when it comes to seeds. They’re enormous, they’re exotic and they have a shiny SILVER EDGE! … Continue reading

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Photo by Andrew Cheeseman

Harvesting Glass Gem Popping Corn

The moment of truth has arrived. We just harvested the Glass Gem Popping Corn we grew this summer. Between the rats and corn worms, we lost at least half the harvest, but what was left was substantial enough to be … Continue reading

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The pest looks like a tiny figure eight or an hourglass standing upright on a leaf.

Asian Citrus Psyllid in My Backyard

It’s here, in Mar Vista, in our backyard. The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) has been in found in Los Angeles, but just last week we discovered it on a weak lime tree in the back corner of Gardenerd HQ. Here’s … Continue reading

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The bees enjoyed the flowers of bolting kale and mustard greens.

Review: Natural Beekeeping Conference 2016

I had the good fortune of being a speaker at the first ever Natural Beekeeping Conference that took place this weekend in Pasadena, CA. Honeylove.org organized the event. They gathered top experts in treatment-free beekeeping from around the continent, and … Continue reading

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Side shoots form tiny heads of broccoli you can harvest for at least a month.

Ask Gardenerd: Saving Broccolini Seeds

This terrific question came in from an inquiring mind this week: “Last spring I had a very tasty crop of Broccolini. I was impressed enough to save seeds at the end of the season. I’ve since learned that Broccolini is … Continue reading

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