Kellogg's Breakfast Tomato

Ask Gardenerd: Pruning Tomatoes

Summer is the perfect time for this question from Jeff Bremer: “Hi Christy, What’s your opinion on pinching-off the “branches” that sprout out of tomato plants? Some of my friends don’t pinch at all, but my neighbor pinches his plants … Continue reading

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Slice shallots thin. Pieces should be evenly sized if possible.

Preserving Shallots

Shallots are a luxury. They’re expensive and they don’t store for long. So we grow them ourselves. But when it’s time to harvest, that last part (about not storing for long) becomes an issue. Enter our solar food dryer. Preserving … Continue reading

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Blue Beauty tomato shows true blue. We just fed the tomatoes with compost tea.

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Gardening Never Stops

Summer Solstice is almost here. The garden still needs attention, and evidence of the rewards close at hand are everywhere. Time to feed, weed and guide your plants along into summer. Summer Gardening The garden doesn’t go on vacation even … Continue reading

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Droppings and munching are a clear sign you have tomato hornworms.

YouTube: How to Find Tomato Hornworms

You know it’s summer when you see holes in your tomatoes. Tomato hornworms can ruin a perfectly good tomato plant (and experience). We’re here to show you how to find them amid the chaos of tomato foliage. There’s a trick. … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: What’s Eating My Cabbage and Spinach?

Ah, pests. Here at Gardenerd, we like to say that having a garden without pests is like having children and expecting them to be well behaved all the time. It’s unrealistic. Most garden pests are telling us something, and the … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Frost Dates?

Here’s a question we get on occasion at Ask Gardenerd: “Many garden books and seed packets refer to timing in the garden in terms of the date of the last frost. For example: “Wait to plant until 3 weeks past … Continue reading

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Food scraps in a worm bin

Ask Gardenerd: Maggots in My Compost

We get this one a lot at Ask Gardenerd, so we thought it would be good to answer it in print: “Help! I just opened my compost to little tan maggots?! I have never seen them before!!! Our compost is … Continue reading

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Christy the Riveter models Rosie's Workwear professional overalls.

Review: Rosie’s Workwear

I first spotted Rosie’s Workwear overalls at the Heirloom Expo several years ago. The company has a great concept: work overalls made for women in the spirit of Rosie the Riveter. The display rack featured feminine colors, stylish overalls and … Continue reading

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Cobweb Spiderwort is an unusual and macabre water-wise plant.

Field Trip: Dallas Arboretum

We traveled to Texas last week to help a friend sort out her landscape design for her new home. While there, we took in the sites including the Dallas Arboretum. It gave us a chance to see what’s growin’ on … Continue reading

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The photo from which the book's title came. Read the book to find out where and when it was taken.

Review: From Cows to Concrete

An author must support her fellow wordsmiths, especially when a book takes 7 years to produce from concept to publication. Rachel Surls, of UC Cooperative Extensions’ Master Gardener program, and Judith Gerber, a friend in the LA garden scene and … Continue reading

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