Harvesting basil is easy if you know where to look.

Harvesting Basil

Every once in a while it’s time to return to basics here at Gardenerd. Our blog is filled with helpful hints for gardening, but we recently discovered that the basics for harvesting basil were not among those hints. So here … Continue reading

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Blackberries

Earth Day Wordless Wednesday: Spring’s Abundance

We’re preparing for the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase this week, so enjoy this Wordless Wednesday for Earth Day: photos of spring’s abundance in our Test Garden and stop by on Westminster this Saturday if you’re in Los Angeles. Happy … Continue reading

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The original carrot plush toy

Where’s Gardenerd?

And now for something completely different… At least a year ago my PR assistant, Mel, gave me a carrot plush toy. It’s the cutest thing ever. It also spawned an idea we couldn’t pass up. What if we sent this … Continue reading

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Under the dome of the Education Center

Field Trip: Huntington’s New Education & Visitor Center

The Huntington Library and Gardens unveiled its new Education and Visitor Center on April 4th. Sadly we couldn’t attend that day, but we finally made a pilgrimage to see the site this past weekend to take it all in. First … Continue reading

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Interplanting Corn

You’ve probably heard of the Three Sisters Garden, where you plant corn, beans, and squash together for a symbiotic relationship that takes up less space for all three crops. But interplanting can work with other crops too. This year, we … Continue reading

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Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is FREE!

7th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

It’s garden tour time, folks, and this year Gardenerd HQ is on the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase. We’ll be opening up the backyard vegetable garden for all to see. We’ll be sharing helpful tips and tidbits on how to … Continue reading

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Always room for the homeowners' cute pelican watering can.

Bye, Bye Turf!

It’s time to highlight another turf removal project we’ve just completed. This one is primarily non-edible, but we were excited to transform another front lawn into a water catchment basin, and make it a home for native and drought-tolerant plants. … Continue reading

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Perennial milkweeds grow back year after year. They provide habitat for traveling Monarch butterflies.

Native Milkweed Only, Please.

I’ve been hearing it for awhile, especially from the native plant enthusiasts and experts among us: pull out non-native milkweeds, it’s making our Monarchs sick. What? Aren’t we supposed to be growing milkweed for Monarch butterflies, you ask. The answer … Continue reading

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Prettily wrapped packages would rouse any gardener, eager to unwrap these gifts.

Minnie and Moon Unboxing

Gardenerds love gardening toys, especially in spring. There’s something very satisfying about a fresh new ball of jute twine or a well-made hand tool. As if spring wasn’t exciting enough, we recently received a gift certificate to go crazy at … Continue reading

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What we need to design our gardens to deal with our storm water

Urban Soil Summit Review – Part 2

It’s time for more details from the Urban Soil Summit, following Part 1 of our review of the event. Day 2 was just as mind-blowing as Day 1, but the focus was on ideas that could be labeled as fringe … Continue reading

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