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Minnie and Moon Unboxing

Prettily wrapped packages would rouse any gardener, eager to unwrap these gifts.

Gardenerds love gardening toys, especially in spring. There’s something very satisfying about a fresh new ball of jute twine or a well-made hand tool. As if spring wasn’t exciting enough, we recently received a gift certificate to go crazy at … Continue reading

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Urban Soil Summit Review – Part 2

What we need to design our gardens to deal with our storm water

It’s time for more details from the Urban Soil Summit, following Part 1 of our review of the event. Day 2 was just as mind-blowing as Day 1, but the focus was on ideas that could be labeled as fringe … Continue reading

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Experimental Spring: New Basils and More

Clockwise from upper left (2 of each plant): Renee's Mrs. Burns, Native Seed's Mrs. Burns (1 just sprouted), Salad Leaf Basil, Aurelia Basil, Opal Basil.

Gardeners get bored, so we keep trying new varieties to keep things interesting. This spring at Gardenerd HQ, we’re trying out several new seeds for 2015.  We planted seeds a week or so ago, and now those seeds are sprouting … Continue reading

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Tomatomania is Here!

Scott's new book, Tomatomania! Grab your copy today.

Scott Daigre began his tomato passion at Hortus Nursery back in the day, when gardeners would flock to Hortus’s annual Tomatomania seedling sale. Once Hortus closed its doors, Scott took on the task of continuing the tradition, offering heirloom and … Continue reading

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Infograph: How to Store Food Right

Lettuce prepped to store food

The folks at Fix.com put together this nifty infograph on how to store food so it lasts longer in the fridge. I found a few tidbits of information that were new to me (especially the hacks at the end), so … Continue reading

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Five Steps to a Beautiful Flagstone Ground Cover

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Today we have a guest post from Dane O’Leary, a full-time freelance writer, lifestyles and design blogger for daneoleary.com, scientist, and humanitarian. His writing has been published in a variety of independent web and print publications. He has degrees in … Continue reading

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Urban Soil Summit Review – Part 1

Dr. Elaine Ingham shares the amazing restoration work she's doing.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how soil works and what’s going on underground in your garden, a Soil Summit is a great place to start. It is impossible to summarize the whole of the Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit … Continue reading

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Local: Gardenerd @ Venice Green Expo

Venice Green Expo is this Saturday

This one is for Angelenos. If you don’t live here, go plant some seeds indoors and make sure all your tools are clean for spring. Soon it will be time to garden again. Now, onward… This Saturday, February 28, from … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: What don’t Squirrels, Gophers and Rabbits Eat?

Gopher hole next to a Romanesco plant. Luckily the Romanesco got out alive.

A question came into Ask Gardenerd last week: “What don’t gophers, squirrels, and rabbits like, as I have no veggie luck. Renee” Oh, Renee, I wish I could say there is a food in the garden that these creatures don’t … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: California Natives in Bloom

Lilac Verbena, verbena lilacina

Everyone else’s winter is California’s spring. Check out these California natives in bloom. And not a California native, but certainly a trademark of California: More to come!

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