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Wordless Wednesday: Esalen Garden

Monarchs love all the flowers on site.

If you’ve never been to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, you need to do whatever it takes to get there. The Esalen Farm and Garden encompasses all the best of biointensive agriculture, beauty, and spiritual connection to the … Continue reading

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When to Harvest Garden Vegetables

Tomatoes

This blog post is brought to you by the Home Garden Seed Association at EZfromSeed.org. If you don’t know when to harvest your summer crops, here’s a helpful guide: You put your time and energy into growing tomatoes, greens, zucchini, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Heirloom Expo 2016

The squash tower reigns supreme over all other displays.

It’s beautiful up here at the Heirloom Expo 2016. There is so much to see, so I’ll just leave it to the photos to explain. And we have to finish with the squash tower, a mainstay of the Heirloom Expo:

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Harvesting Silver Edge Pumpkin Seeds

The pumpkin (ours anyway) was only about 8 inches in diameter.

I fell in love with Silver Edge pumpkin seeds the moment I laid eyes on them. This Mexico native squash wins every beauty contest when it comes to seeds. They’re enormous, they’re exotic and they have a shiny SILVER EDGE! … Continue reading

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Harvesting Glass Gem Popping Corn

Photo by Andrew Cheeseman

The moment of truth has arrived. We just harvested the Glass Gem Popping Corn we grew this summer. Between the rats and corn worms, we lost at least half the harvest, but what was left was substantial enough to be … Continue reading

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Asian Citrus Psyllid in My Backyard

The pest looks like a tiny figure eight or an hourglass standing upright on a leaf.

It’s here, in Mar Vista, in our backyard. The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) has been in found in Los Angeles, but just last week we discovered it on a weak lime tree in the back corner of Gardenerd HQ. Here’s … Continue reading

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Review: Natural Beekeeping Conference 2016

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

I had the good fortune of being a speaker at the first ever Natural Beekeeping Conference that took place this weekend in Pasadena, CA. Honeylove.org organized the event. They gathered top experts in treatment-free beekeeping from around the continent, and … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Saving Broccolini Seeds

Side shoots form tiny heads of broccoli you can harvest for at least a month.

This terrific question came in from an inquiring mind this week: “Last spring I had a very tasty crop of Broccolini. I was impressed enough to save seeds at the end of the season. I’ve since learned that Broccolini is … Continue reading

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What to do with Overgrown Green Beans

Green bean overload. We filled a 1 gallon bucket from our 4 square foot patch of bush beans when we got home.

It happens to even the most savvy gardener. You go out of town on vacation and when you return, there are beans…lots of beans. Not just any beans, overripe beans. Tough, fibrous, partially mature beans that are still green. What … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Community Gardens in York, England

Brambles of black and raspberries lined pathways.

If there’s one thing the English do well, it’s gardening. Many of our traditions and ideals about what a proper garden should look like come from the English. As a resident of a drought-stricken area, I’ve had to peel these … Continue reading

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