Venice Green Expo is this Saturday

Local: Gardenerd @ Venice Green Expo

This one is for Angelenos. If you don’t live here, go plant some seeds indoors and make sure all your tools are clean for spring. Soon it will be time to garden again. Now, onward… This Saturday, February 28, from … Continue reading

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Gopher hole next to a Romanesco plant. Luckily the Romanesco got out alive.

Ask Gardenerd: What don’t Squirrels, Gophers and Rabbits Eat?

A question came into Ask Gardenerd last week: “What don’t gophers, squirrels, and rabbits like, as I have no veggie luck. Renee” Oh, Renee, I wish I could say there is a food in the garden that these creatures don’t … Continue reading

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Lilac Verbena, verbena lilacina

Wordless Wednesday: California Natives in Bloom

Everyone else’s winter is California’s spring. Check out these California natives in bloom. And not a California native, but certainly a trademark of California: More to come!

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Is gardening still possible with an injured hand?

How To Garden While Injured

It happens to everyone at some point, we get injured. Injury brings garden progress to a halt. All those plans for fruit tree pruning, rose pruning, turning compost piles, etc., stop dead while injuries heal. Or do they? I recently … Continue reading

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Honey Nut from Renee's Seeds

New Seed Favorites for 2015

Now that we’ve finished combing through the pile of seed catalogs that came in the mail over the holidays, we’ve made our list of new seeds we’ll be planting this spring. It’s a Gardenerd tradition to share our new seed … Continue reading

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Rosalind broccoli ready to harvest

When to Harvest Broccoli?

I get this question all the time: how do you know when broccoli is ready to harvest? The answer is in your fingertips. You can tell when to harvest broccoli by touching the head, or bud (that’s what broccoli is, … Continue reading

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Seed heads start to emerge from grassy stalks.

Growing White Sonora Wheat

Every year we experiment with growing a new grain, not only to enjoy it in the kitchen, but to generate biomass for the compost bin. This year we chose White Sonora Wheat, and heirloom wheat. According to Slow Food USA, … Continue reading

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Ours was #17. Would we win?

Field Trip: Honey Tasting Competition

You would never know how different honey can taste from hive to hive until you’ve tasted a few samples side by side. It’s astounding, really. The flavor profiles range from grassy to floral to fruity, just like a good wine … Continue reading

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Fertile soil meant abundant harvests for trade.

Gardens of Pompeii

I had the privilege of visiting the California Science Center to see the Pompeii exhibit over the holidays, where I saw ancient ruins preserved in ash from the massive eruption of the Vesuvius in AD 79. Having been to Pompeii … Continue reading

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nectarineplum

Chill Hours: Choosing the Right Fruit Tree

A question came in to Ask Gardenerd this week about fruit trees: “What peaches grow best and are most flavorful in Mar Vista? Also what types of plums/pluots? I live in west Mar Vista, CA. Thanks for your help and … Continue reading

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