Category Archives: Blog

Design: From Pool To Garden

Bulldozer at work demolishing the client's swimming pool.

Back in 2016 we got a call from a woman who had a swimming pool but wanted a vegetable garden. She had already taken steps to fill in her swimming pool, but needed help building the vegetable garden. A blank … Continue reading

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YouTube: Garden Plants for Pollinators

Sunflowers

Spring is coming, and now is the time to plant (or start seeds for) flowers for pollinator-friendly gardens. This is the first video in our “Plants for Pollinators” series, a collaboration with Honeylove.org. In the coming weeks, you’ll learn which … Continue reading

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Review: Mockmill Stone Flour Mill

The Mockmill fits easily onto the Kitchenaid mixer and the metal shoot is designed to dump flour straight into the bowl below.

Homesteader nerd-alert: Los Angeles Bread Bakers held a Meetup at the King’s Roost where Paul LeBeau of Wolfgang Mock was slated to be the guest speaker. He’d also raffle off 2 Mockmills in a free raffle, and a 3rd in … Continue reading

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Weather: Farmer’s Almanac vs. Old Farmer’s Almanac

Yesterday we got 2 1/2 inches of rain. It's a record.

Have you ever wondered how The Farmer’s Almanac calculates its weather predictions? It’s always been a little fascination of mine. Is it astronomy? Astrology? Some secret divining rod that none of us know about? Today’s post, which helps solve the … Continue reading

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Now More Than Ever – Garden

Tiny plums set fruit in November this year.

In light of recent hard-to-ignore political events, it feels necessary to weigh in, to not ignore what is transpiring across the country. I see many garden bloggers posting business-as-usual articles about growing flowers, and I’m conflicted. On one hand, we … Continue reading

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Recipe: Homemade Sourdough Crumpets

Now you never have to discard starter again.

While you rarely hear the word “crumpet” in common parlance these days, they are as tasty as they were in the Middle Ages (or more so, I’ll wager). Similar to English muffins, crumpets are thick pancakes cooked on a griddle. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Winter is Our Spring

Garlic, carrots and radishes are so happy with all the rain.

California is known for its weather, and for those who don’t yet know, winter everywhere else is our spring. Here in SoCal flowers have sprouted everywhere, peas are growing strong, brassicas are loving the rain (LOTS of rain!). For gardeners … Continue reading

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YouTube: Making Water from Air with David Hertz

SkySource makes water from the air and gives it away for free in Venice Beach.

Our latest YouTube video features an interview with David Hertz of SkySource. We explore how a machine can make water from air, and how the device is being used in drought-stricken areas to keep gardens and trees alive. This video … Continue reading

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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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