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Thinning Fruit on Apple Trees

Tiny Fuji apples from our first harvest. Didn't thin - how else can you fit 7 apples in one hand?

Every gardener does it. We get so excited about impending fruit that we don’t do what’s best for the tree. We see all those tiny blossoms, then tiny orbs, and we stop using our rational brain in hopes of more, … Continue reading

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New Toy: Compost Tea Sprayer

The unit comes with several tip options. We like the brass sprayer (beware of lead, though).

Last year after taking Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web intensive, I ran out and purchased a piston-pump sprayer to take my compost tea to the next level. Compost tea is great for plant roots and soil health, but it … Continue reading

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Where’s Gardenerd – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Mr. Nerd made his way from Northern California to New Orleans this month, where he visited Eugene Arceneaux. Doesn’t that name just scream New Orleans? We love to see the slices of cross-culture Mr. Nerd experiences on his travels. What’s … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Milkweed for New York?

Monarch on a happy milkweed plant

A question came into Ask Gardenerd this week about milkweed plants and seeds: “Could you please recommend a reliable source to buy African milkweed? I would like to grow some in Rochester NY. Is this the correct kind for my … Continue reading

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Gardenerd on Hallmark’s Home and Family Show 4-13-16

Sunflowers

It’s been three years since my last appearance on the Hallmark Home and  Family Show, and I’m happy to return this Wednesday (it repeats on Thursday, so I am told) to share information with you about growing sunflowers for pollinators. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: April Garden

22 different tomato seedlings under grow lights.

They say April showers bring May flowers, but it’s more like February rains bring April abundance here in Los Angeles. Color and new life reign supreme in the April garden, as we transition from winter to summer crops in a … Continue reading

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YouTube: How to Harvest Carrots and Other Root Vegetables

Multicolored carrots include Yellowstone, Cosmic Purple and Scarlet Nantes

You’ve got great foliage, but you pull a carrot and it’s nowhere near ready to pick. How do you prevent this from happening again? The trick is easy and Christy shares it here in the latest Gardenerd YouTube video. We … Continue reading

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Recipe: Stir-Fried Cabbage with Chilies, Peanuts & Peas

We used home grown cabbage and sugar snap peas with spices and peanuts to make this great dish.

Believe it or not, we’re still working on that giant cabbage we picked a week or so ago. They keep so well in the fridge, but they take up a lot of space. So it was time to pull out … Continue reading

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Where’s Gardenerd – San Jose, CA

Where's Gardenerd sporting a rain hat and cloak. Our participants sure know to keep him clean and dry.

Mr. Nerd made his long journey across the ocean, from New Zealand back to the United States. He met up with Alys Milner in Silicone Valley–San Jose, CA to be specific. Alys shares her gardening experience through her blog Gardening … Continue reading

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YouTube: Italian Vegetable Pronunciations

Do you know how to pronounce this kale? We'll show you.

We hear people struggle to pronounce Italian vegetable varieties all the time. Chioggia, Lacinato, the list goes on. We’re here to help. Yours truly studied the Italian language in college (okay, granted I can’t remember most of it) but certain … Continue reading

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