Tiny watermelons set fruit (shot through the crook of a watermelon leaf)

Wordless Wednesday: Mid-Spring Garden Flourish

It’s too pretty out there, we had to share. Enjoy these photos from the Gardenerd Test Garden in mid-spring as the garden flourishes. That’s our mid-spring garden flourish. What’s growin’ on in your garden this week? Share what’s flowering, fruiting … Continue reading

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Thornless boysenberries climb a trellis behind strawberries.

Starter Garden for Family

A family in Manhattan Beach called us saying they were “accidentally” growing pumpkins in a plastic storage container, and they wanted a real garden instead. In truth, they had great instincts and those pumpkins were growing like crazy on their … Continue reading

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Quartered kumquats (say that 10 times fast)

Recipe: Andrew’s Kumquat Marmalade

The kumquat tree was planted for the husband. Yours truly doesn’t care for them. To be honest, the husband uses them as an appetite suppressant (the sourness makes one not want to eat anything afterward; it has the same effect … Continue reading

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Radish seeds are medium sized, so you won't need a very small screen.

Harvesting Radish Seeds

Locally adapted seed is an important ally in the garden. Seeds you save and plant again become more adapted to your climate, water conditions, soil, etc. Each time you save seed and then grow it out properly, that seed improves. … Continue reading

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Identify the male squash flower. Step 1 for hand pollinating.

Hand Pollinating Squash

Early-season gardeners in warm-weather climates are planting zucchini, yellow crookneck and winter squashes already. Flowers open, bees and other pollinators arrive, and soon there will be an abundance of squashes for eating and sharing. But with pollinator populations on the … Continue reading

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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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