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Where’s Gardenerd: Sarah the Real Gardener, NZ

Sarah took Mr. Nerd for a spin around the corn patch.

When last we saw Mr. Nerd, he was finishing up his tour of Wellington, New Zealand. Now Where’s Gardenerd?  He’s headed up north to visit Sarah the Real Gardener in Waiuku, which is also on the Northern Island. It’s beautiful … Continue reading

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Recipe: Portobello Mushroom and Kale Stroganoff

Add tomato paste, kale, the bay leaf, and broth, then simmer for about 10 minutes.

It’s that half-eaten container of sour cream in the fridge that brought us to this recipe. You know the one: that lonely tub, brought over by a guest for a recent party, languishing all alone in the back of the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Winter Garden Bliss

Helios radishes, one of several new varieties we trialed this winter.

As we prep for spring gardening, we enjoy the harvest from our winter garden. Soon it will be time to start seeds, but in the meanwhile, we add compost to existing crops and prune fruit trees, cane berries, and grasses. … Continue reading

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Where’s Gardenerd – New Zealand Travels

"Enjoying Wellington on a good day from atop Wright's Hill."

Where’s Gardenerd? It’s summer in New Zealand and our intrepid traveler was last spotted jaunting around Wellington, which is located on the North Island. Gardenerds there are harvesting peppers, tomatoes, beans and squash. Mr. Nerd, as he was recently dubbed, … Continue reading

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Sourdough Bread – Why It’s Better Than Yeast

Flour, water, salt and starter are the only ingredients in this loaf. Long rise (4 hours with turns every 1/2 hour), and then overnight refrigeration make this loaf great.

I’ve been making bread for 25 years, but I’ve always been afraid of sourdough starter. Pretty sure I would kill it from neglect, so I limited myself to packaged yeast…until yesterday. Maybe it’s a New Year’s Resolution. Maybe it’s courage, … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Big Cauliflower – No Head

Many varieties of cauliflower exist. Experimentation is the key to success.

We got a question at Ask Gardenerd this week from Jeff: “I’m having trouble with cauliflower – the plants are not flowering. Is there anything I can do to encourage flowering? By the way, I planted broccoli as well and … Continue reading

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Toddler Garden

Mostly started from nursery transplants to make it easy for beginning gardeners. We did plant seeds for radishes and carrots though.

It’s important for kids to know where their food comes from, so here at Gardenerd we like to start them young. Really young, in the case of this recent garden installation. A two-year-old was about to get a younger sibling, … Continue reading

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Garden New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Rare, but becoming more available, Glass Gem Popping Corn is one to grow in 2016.

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. High expectations at the beginning of the year often lead to disappointment in a short time, once life steps in to remind us why we didn’t check off those resolutions last … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Growing Turmeric

Ground turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties.

An interesting question came in to Ask Gardenerd this week: “My friend and I both live in central South Carolina. Last year we planted turmeric plants in our yards. Now we realize that we need to know how and when … Continue reading

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Design: Therapeutic Garden For Recovery

A mixture of lettuces and kale, planted from nursery transplants, allow residents to see the difference between starting from seed and buying from the nursery.

Every once in awhile we get to be part of something big. Build a garden that really makes a difference. This is one of those gardens. For those who’ve never heard about “horticultural therapy,” take a look at the latest … Continue reading

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