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Field Trip: Honey Tasting Competition

Ours was #17. Would we win?

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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Gardens of Pompeii

Fertile soil meant abundant harvests for trade.

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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Chill Hours: Choosing the Right Fruit Tree

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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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Recipe: Crisp Fried Eggplant with Parsley Sauce

Fresh picked eggplant, dill and parsley form the base of this meal.

If you’re been reading this blog for awhile, you’ll have noticed by now that Rose Elliot is one of my favorite cookbook authors. She excels at combining minimal ingredients for maximum flavor. With its promise of “30 minutes or less,” … Continue reading

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New Year’s Garden Resolutions 2015

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Happy New Year, fellow Gardenerds! 2015 is here, the days are growing longer each day, and seed catalogs have arrived. We’ve been poring over them during breakfast, marking off new heirloom discoveries to try this year. This exploration leads to … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Sprouting Seeds for Greens All Winter

Dr. Mercola's Sprout Doctor Sprouting Kit. Get 3 with our giveaway!

It’s holiday time, which means thoughtful gifts and good cheer with loved ones. It also means, for many people, a winter without fresh greens in the garden. Thankfully, we can sprout seeds indoors for snipping into salads, soups and more … Continue reading

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Scoring Big with the Rain Barrel Rebate

Photo by Andrew Cheeseman

We try to write blog posts with a nationwide focus, but every once in a while, something with a local flare is in order. This is one of those times: Los Angeles is finally seeing some rain, and our rain … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Ocean View Farms and Will Allen

Yours truly and Will Allen of Growing Power

I had the pleasure of arranging a visit to Ocean View Farms organic community garden for a group of innovative folks who are working to solve several issues at once: food waste, food deserts, soil fertility, and carbon loss. What’s … Continue reading

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Big Changes for a Big Front Yard

New bioswale captures and sinks water deep into the ground for fruit trees to enjoy.

Our largest Turf Removal Rebate project to date involved eliminating 3,000 square feet of lawn in a big front yard and parkway in Beverlywood. The owners wanted to reduce their water bill and make their front yard an inviting place … Continue reading

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Making Carob Powder

Technically a fruit, carob pods are eaten while the seeds are discarded.

Autumn brings with it an array of colorful fruits and vegetables from the garden…and seeds. This Thanksgiving, as we dig into our root cellars for orange carrots, purple potatoes, and red beets, as well as colorful persimmons, pomegranates, and grapes,  … Continue reading

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