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A Gardenerd Holiday Wish List 2016

A well-made trug makes a gardener happy.

We don’t want for much here at Gardenerd HQ (okay, except for time off, but such is life). The holidays, however, bring out the consumer in all of us, even if it’s a hankering for more seed storage. While we … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Tap Water Concerns

Food grade barrels are best for use in vegetable gardens.

Here’s a question urban gardeners ask themselves at least once while standing next to a garden hose as the smell of chlorine wafts across the yard. George from Wisconsin proposed it this week on Ask Gardenerd (edited for length): “Hi, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: November Gardening

Calendula re-seeds itself every year here at Gardenerd HQ. It is native to the Mediterranean.

In honor of the White House Garden, which may or may not continue during the next presidency, here are some November gardening photos from Gardenerd HQ. We will continue to grow a diversity of crops from all over the world. … Continue reading

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Design: My First Garden

The finished product is a fun starter garden the whole family can enjoy.

It’s fall, and garden installations are top on our list. Last week we created a starter garden for a health-conscious couple and their young boys. They all want to know where their food comes from, and this first garden is … Continue reading

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Design: A Cozy Caged Garden

The cage is tall to accommodate tomato cages and pea trellises as needed.

While Los Angeles may be a concrete jungle, we still have wild animals lurking about the garden. Our most recent garden installation was designed to protect new seedlings from wandering critters on the canyon slope. It’s a starter garden, this … Continue reading

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Go Vote!

Please go vote. Every vote counts, so make your voice heard.

Today’s the day we exercise our right to vote. This election cycle has gone on forever it seems, and we’re all ready to see it come to a close. I just returned from my polling place, where long lines and … Continue reading

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Crop Rotation Basics

Write it all down to keep track of plant locations from season to season.

Crop rotation is an essential part of a healthy organic gardening. Why? Plants take up specific nutrients and can leave behind diseases in their wake. Moving crops to new soil each season ensures that diseases don’t build up in soils, … Continue reading

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YouTube: Honey Harvesting Tricks for Home Gardeners

Bees take advantage of arugula that has bolted to seed in last week's heat.

It’s honey harvesting time and we documented our latest harvest so you can see how it’s done. We provide visual aids in this video for our favorite way to get bees out of the super you plan to harvest. We … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: October Gardening

8 different kale varieties are protected by floating row cover. No cabbage moths/worms here!

Fall gardening is in full swing. Here are a few prompts for October tasks and enjoyments. There’s still much to do to get the fall garden ready, but we’re enjoying the process. Happy fall gardening to you!

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Field Trip: Gourmandise Grain Conference

Presenters at the Conference all have Twitter or Instagram handles to follow.

When someone says “whole grains” my ears perk up. Homesteaders try to make food as often as possible with unadulterated ingredients. Whole grain baking and cooking is an ongoing effort that requires education, persistence, and experimentation to get right. Enter … Continue reading

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