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Where’s Gardenerd?

The original carrot plush toy

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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Field Trip: Huntington’s New Education & Visitor Center

Under the dome of the Education 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

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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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7th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is FREE!

It’s garden tour time, folks, and this year Gardenerd HQ is on the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase. We’ll be opening up the backyard vegetable garden for all to see. We’ll be sharing helpful tips and tidbits on how to … Continue reading

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Bye, Bye Turf!

Always room for the homeowners' cute pelican watering can.

It’s time to highlight another turf removal project we’ve just completed. This one is primarily non-edible, but we were excited to transform another front lawn into a water catchment basin, and make it a home for native and drought-tolerant plants. … Continue reading

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Native Milkweed Only, Please.

Perennial milkweeds grow back year after year. They provide habitat for traveling Monarch butterflies.

I’ve been hearing it for awhile, especially from the native plant enthusiasts and experts among us: pull out non-native milkweeds, it’s making our Monarchs sick. What? Aren’t we supposed to be growing milkweed for Monarch butterflies, you ask. The answer … Continue reading

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Minnie and Moon Unboxing

Prettily wrapped packages would rouse any gardener, eager to unwrap these gifts.

Gardenerds love gardening toys, especially in spring. There’s something very satisfying about a fresh new ball of jute twine or a well-made hand tool. As if spring wasn’t exciting enough, we recently received a gift certificate to go crazy at … Continue reading

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Urban Soil Summit Review – Part 2

What we need to design our gardens to deal with our storm water

It’s time for more details from the Urban Soil Summit, following Part 1 of our review of the event. Day 2 was just as mind-blowing as Day 1, but the focus was on ideas that could be labeled as fringe … Continue reading

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Experimental Spring: New Basils and More

Clockwise from upper left (2 of each plant): Renee's Mrs. Burns, Native Seed's Mrs. Burns (1 just sprouted), Salad Leaf Basil, Aurelia Basil, Opal Basil.

Gardeners get bored, so we keep trying new varieties to keep things interesting. This spring at Gardenerd HQ, we’re trying out several new seeds for 2015.  We planted seeds a week or so ago, and now those seeds are sprouting … Continue reading

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Tomatomania is Here!

Scott's new book, Tomatomania! Grab your copy today.

Scott Daigre began his tomato passion at Hortus Nursery back in the day, when gardeners would flock to Hortus’s annual Tomatomania seedling sale. Once Hortus closed its doors, Scott took on the task of continuing the tradition, offering heirloom and … Continue reading

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