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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Mittens the supercat protects the garden from vermin.

Wordless Wednesday: May Gardening

Keep planting until there’s no more space! This Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by ambition and hope. Two great qualities to have when gardening in spring. It’s time to plant, and enjoy your garden as it grows. Happy gardening!

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

Field Trip: Huntington Herb Garden

Spring is a beautiful time to visit botanical gardens, and Southern California does not disappoint. The Huntington Library and Gardens is off the charts in May with flora and fauna. We took a visit to the Huntington Herb Garden after … Continue reading

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May flowers are here! Let's enjoy them.

May To-Dos

It’s May, everyone! We love the garden in May. It really gets going right about now, which means there’s no time to rest. If you haven’t planted spring or summer crops yet, now is the time. If they’re already in … Continue reading

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Our home grown red onion

Ask Gardenerd: How to Harvest and Store Red Onions

A timely question came in to Ask Gardenerd this week: “How do you harvest and store red onions? – Pete” Hi Pete, great question. It’s that time of year, if you planted bulb onions in the fall, to harvest them … Continue reading

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Tiny Fuji apples from our first harvest. Didn't thin - how else can you fit 7 apples in one hand?

Thinning Fruit on Apple Trees

Every gardener does it. We get so excited about impending fruit that we don’t do what’s best for the tree. We see all those tiny blossoms, then tiny orbs, and we stop using our rational brain in hopes of more, … Continue reading

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The unit comes with several tip options. We like the brass sprayer (beware of lead, though).

New Toy: Compost Tea Sprayer

Last year after taking Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web intensive, I ran out and purchased a piston-pump sprayer to take my compost tea to the next level. Compost tea is great for plant roots and soil health, but it … Continue reading

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