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Ask Gardenerd: Short Season Varieties

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When asked about her greatest garden challenge, Melinda from Sweden wrote to us recently, “No doubt about it, here in Sweden our greatest gardening challenge is the climate, low temperatures and frost as late as 13 June and as early … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Corona Snips and Gardening for Geeks

Start your year off with knowledge and power.

Fruit tree pruning season is at hand and it brings to mind the importance of having the right tools. Whether you’re pruning a fruit tree, a shrub or a bonsai, the right tool makes the job easy. The wrong tool … Continue reading

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YouTube: Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees

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Happy New Year, gardenerds! It’s time for a fresh start. Nothing says that better than planting bare root fruit trees. Bare root trees are usually ordered in October/November and shipped out in winter depending on where you live. Ours just … Continue reading

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Recipe: Tuscan Kale Risotto with Mushrooms and Rosemary

Risotto is worth the time it takes to cook it slowly.

It’s kale season, and we have (don’t gasp) 28 plants…or so…growing in the Gardenerd test garden; 10 different varieties to be specific. What can I say, we love kale! Here is the most recent recipe we tested out on the … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Pruning Blackberries

Prune blackberry canes that have turned brown. Leave green canes in place.

As we look into the corner of the Gardenerd Test Garden, we see the need for blackberry pruning. Someone else in the Gardenerd community did the same thing and asked: “I believe you mentioned it is time to prune blackberries, … Continue reading

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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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