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Volunteers: Nature’s Helpers

A volunteer tomato sprouted from under our compost storage tub.

This time of year, we have a lot of sprouts popping up in odd places. We didn’t plant them, they are “volunteers.” Volunteers are a godsend in filling in spaces around the yard with spring flowers, extra lettuces, and even … Continue reading

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Native Garden Tour- Part 2: The coolest thing ever

A loquat tree with cages of cotton hanging about

Plants are interesting. Birds are interesting. Put them together and you get a Xerces Society Certified Pollinator Habitat. Last week on the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, we started off with a jaw dropping experience in Beverly Hills that … Continue reading

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YouTube: How to Plant Tomatoes

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It’s tomato season, and we’ve got ours in the ground already. It may be early for some, but we’re experiencing 80 degree days this week, so we took a chance and were so bold as to plant tomatoes (18 of … Continue reading

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Native Garden Tour – Part 1: Great Plants for Pollinators

Dendromecon Hartfordii and it's cousin, Dendromecon rigida are sunny additions to any California native garden.

I was gifted two tickets to the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour this past weekend and set out with my co-chair for the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase to see what native plants people are growing in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Climate Change Round Up (AKA Things I Care About)

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#Climate Change was trending on Twitter yesterday. As gardenerds, we don’t need Twitter to point out the changes in seasonal behavior. We can spot when things are off. Things are definitely off. Mudslides, more intense icy winters, more frequent flooding, … Continue reading

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Keys to Lighting Your Indoor Gardening System

Grow plants under grow lights through winter. Start seeds too.

Today’s guest post is from Chris Wimmer, an urban hydroponic hobbyist who uses hydroponics to maximize his 400 square foot yard and extend the short Chicago growing season. Chris blogs about how to start growing with hydroponics at CaptainHydroponics.com. Today … Continue reading

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Spring Gardens are Waking Up

First blackberries of the season

A friend up north in Canada, Niki Jabbour, posted on Twitter this morning that she’s expecting 2 feet of snow tonight. Here in Southern California our spring gardens are waking up and we’re planting warm season crops already. Take heart, … Continue reading

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Recipe: Lentil Soup with Collard Greens

Hearty lentil soup with collard greens

We cook from the garden around here. Whatever is coming in from “out there” determines the meal of the day. Since collard greens are finishing up, we needed to find a recipe to showcase them. Enter Sandy’s Great Lentil Soup … Continue reading

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Recipe: Garlicky Fresh Christmas Lima Beans with Thyme

Fresh Christmas Limas are incredibly delicious.

I’ve grown Christmas Lima Beans for several years and have come to love this prolific plant. The first time, we planted in spring and it grew and produced for a year and a half (and it would have kept going … Continue reading

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Mini Orchard & Garden for Mom and Dog

Blueberries (dwarf varieties) with strawberries and herbs around a tree.

Spring is just around the corner, but in the Valley it’s already here. Southern California continues to have unseasonably high temperatures and one new gardener wanted to take advantage of it with a new mini orchard and garden for her … Continue reading

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