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Ask Gardenerd: Growing Chicken Feed

Diving into the forage mix

Heads-up homesteaders, this Ask Gardenerd question is for you: “I want to start having my chickens eat things from the earth, than from the store. They are were born in April. I saw your video on YouTube about making that … Continue reading

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Soil Food Web Intensive – Part 1

Soil Food Web

I’ve just returned from spending 5 glorious days with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the soil microbiologist who coined the term “Soil Food Web.” It was, indeed, intense. Even though I’d been circling this information since 2009 when I saw Jeff Lowenfels … Continue reading

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Growing Turban Squash

Female flowers create a fruit that's flat on one side.

Turban squash, also known as Turk’s Cap, is a winter squash that is so alluring it steals focus from pumpkins any day. We pilfered one from the Heirloom Expo last year, saved the seeds, and grew them out this spring. … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Using Rainwater

Food grade barrels are best for use in vegetable gardens.

A great question came into Ask Gardenerd this week: “Is it safe to use rain barrel water on the organic vegetable garden? My first concern is that the plastic the rain barrels are made of. My second is that we … Continue reading

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Design: Balcony Garden Joy

She'll guide cucumbers and pole beans up the trellis this summer.

Small space gardening is our specialty here at Gardenerd. We like making the most of tiny gardens, and our latest project was no exception. Using pre-fab products, we turned a plain old balcony into a farm-for-one in Hermosa Beach, CA. … Continue reading

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Growing Jerusalem Artichokes

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Back in December, we planted a handful of Jerusalem artichokes (a.k.a. sunchokes) that had sprouted in the refrigerator. Having never grown them before, it was an experiment (as is much of what we do here at Gardenerd). We knew them … Continue reading

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Recipe: Caramel Blackberry Goat Milk Ice Cream

The finished product will be delicious and refreshing.

Here’s one for anyone who can’t do cow. We recently discovered a raw goat milk vendor at our local farmers’ market and decided that it was time to experiment with goat milk ice cream. Since blackberries are in season, it … Continue reading

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Harvesting Wheat

Grains and chaff waiting for winnowing.

We grew White Sonora Wheat over winter, and now that it’s May in Southern California, it is time to harvest. Our 4×4 foot raised bed was filled with tall, slender wheat sheaths that turned progressively more golden brown. The seed … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Mid-Spring Garden Flourish

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

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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Starter Garden for Family

Thornless boysenberries climb a trellis behind strawberries.

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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