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Ask Gardenerd: Maggots in My Compost

Food scraps in a worm bin

We get this one a lot at Ask Gardenerd, so we thought it would be good to answer it in print: “Help! I just opened my compost to little tan maggots?! I have never seen them before!!! Our compost is … Continue reading

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Review: Rosie’s Workwear

Christy the Riveter models Rosie's Workwear professional overalls.

I first spotted Rosie’s Workwear overalls at the Heirloom Expo several years ago. The company has a great concept: work overalls made for women in the spirit of Rosie the Riveter. The display rack featured feminine colors, stylish overalls and … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Dallas Arboretum

Cobweb Spiderwort is an unusual and macabre water-wise plant.

We traveled to Texas last week to help a friend sort out her landscape design for her new home. While there, we took in the sites including the Dallas Arboretum. It gave us a chance to see what’s growin’ on … Continue reading

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Review: From Cows to Concrete

The photo from which the book's title came. Read the book to find out where and when it was taken.

An author must support her fellow wordsmiths, especially when a book takes 7 years to produce from concept to publication. Rachel Surls, of UC Cooperative Extensions’ Master Gardener program, and Judith Gerber, a friend in the LA garden scene and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: May Gardening

Mittens the supercat protects the garden from vermin.

Keep planting until there’s no more space! This Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by ambition and hope. Two great qualities to have when gardening in spring. It’s time to plant, and enjoy your garden as it grows. Happy gardening!

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Field Trip: Huntington Herb Garden

The bees enjoyed the flowers of bolting kale and mustard greens.

Spring is a beautiful time to visit botanical gardens, and Southern California does not disappoint. The Huntington Library and Gardens is off the charts in May with flora and fauna. We took a visit to the Huntington Herb Garden after … Continue reading

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May To-Dos

May flowers are here! Let's enjoy them.

It’s May, everyone! We love the garden in May. It really gets going right about now, which means there’s no time to rest. If you haven’t planted spring or summer crops yet, now is the time. If they’re already in … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: How to Harvest and Store Red Onions

Our home grown red onion

A timely question came in to Ask Gardenerd this week: “How do you harvest and store red onions? – Pete” Hi Pete, great question. It’s that time of year, if you planted bulb onions in the fall, to harvest them … Continue reading

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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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