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Contest: America’s Best Gardener

Want to win $10,000? Sign up to participate in the 2017 ‘America’s Best Gardener’ Contest. The 2017 ‘America’s Best Gardener’ contest, presented by Seedlingers, will be working with garden writers from around the United States (including yours truly) to select … Continue reading

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Rhubarb compote on crackers or toast or home made bread or...

Recipe: Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb is known for being the first vegetable ready to harvest from the spring garden. Well before strawberries or other sweet fruits are available to make jam, rhubarb stands tall, awaiting your imagination. As a first-timer, I had no idea … Continue reading

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Bee on a cardoon

YouTube: Wildflowers for Bees

This week’s YouTube video shares tips about what wildflowers to grow to encourage and feed bees and other pollinators in your garden. Wildflowers are easy to grow, most of the time you just scatter seeds before a rain comes and … Continue reading

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At last!  A Winnetka Purple artichoke emerges from the plant. We started this from seeds from the Seed Library of Los Angeles. It worked!

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Cometh

It’s transition time as spring nudges gardeners into action. Winter crops are finishing up, making room for warm and hot-weather crops here in Los Angeles. While other parts of the country are still knee-deep in snow, we’re well into the … Continue reading

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Tesuque is the traditional pepper used for making chili powder in New Mexico.

Spring Seed Favorites for 2017

Oh, the gardenerd’s dilemma. So many seeds, so little space. We’re not here to help, we’re here to commiserate. In fact, we’re here to feed the monster. Here are our seed favorites for 2017: Seed Favorites for 2017 Blue Jade … Continue reading

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Mints, yarrow and squash fill the space.

YouTube: Herbs for Bees

This week’s YouTube video is all about Herbs for Bees. Find out which herbs to grow for your pollinator population. Christy shares fun facts about borage, and encourages you to let your herb garden flower each season before cutting back. … Continue reading

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Sourdough crackers and be broken up free-form for a rustic, savory treat.

Recipe: Sourdough Crackers

When you make sourdough bread you have to feed your starter, and before you can feed your starter, you are supposed to throw away a cup of starter from the jar. Sound wasteful? It is. So every bread maker searches … Continue reading

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Bulldozer at work demolishing the client's swimming pool.

Design: From Pool To Garden

Back in 2016 we got a call from a woman who had a swimming pool but wanted a vegetable garden. She had already taken steps to fill in her swimming pool, but needed help building the vegetable garden. A blank … Continue reading

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Sunflowers

YouTube: Garden Plants for Pollinators

Spring is coming, and now is the time to plant (or start seeds for) flowers for pollinator-friendly gardens. This is the first video in our “Plants for Pollinators” series, a collaboration with Honeylove.org. In the coming weeks, you’ll learn which … Continue reading

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The Mockmill fits easily onto the Kitchenaid mixer and the metal shoot is designed to dump flour straight into the bowl below.

Review: Mockmill Stone Flour Mill

Homesteader nerd-alert: Los Angeles Bread Bakers held a Meetup at the King’s Roost where Paul LeBeau of Wolfgang Mock was slated to be the guest speaker. He’d also raffle off 2 Mockmills in a free raffle, and a 3rd in … Continue reading

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