Category Archives: Blog

Revisiting the Huntington Ranch

Edible landscapes of a different sort have taken over the Ranch

Back in 2010 we attended the grand opening of the Huntington Ranch, a secret garden of sorts outside the normal sites to see at the Huntington Library and Gardens. In its infancy, the Huntington Ranch promised to bring back the … Continue reading

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Growing and Harvesting Ground Cherries

Tiny tomatillo-like fruits are oddly sweet and savory at the same time.

It’s always great to discover you can grow something in  your climate that you didn’t think was possible before. This is true of ground cherries for me. Until this spring, they were a mystery to me, relegated to northern climates, … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Make my Hydrangea Blue

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I think we’ve all asked this question at least once in our gardening lives: “What do I have to do to make our light pink hydrangea to blossom blue. Everyone has different opinion on this subject, your help is very … Continue reading

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Where’s Gardenerd: Golden Isles, Georgia

Taking time to smell the roses in Modern Mia's Garden

We’ve received our first report from Where’s Gardenerd on the road. He’s in Golden Isles, Georgia, and has been spending time at the headquarters of Modern Mia Gardening. It seems Modern Mia and the Wonder Kids have been showing Gardenerd … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Mildew on Grapes

Picture perfect grapes on a vine

This week we explore powdery mildew on grapes: “Every year we have a good crop of grapes, but they are covered by mold. What should we do? We sprayed our grapes with milk & water (equal parts) to no avail. … Continue reading

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Soil Food Web Intensive – Part 2

Compost ingredients

In our last episode, we shared the wonders of Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web Intensive course. Today, we’ll continue with more tidbits and tricks that will help you build better compost (and compost tea) for a healthier garden. In … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Growing Chicken Feed

Diving into the forage mix

Heads-up homesteaders, this Ask Gardenerd question is for you: “I want to start having my chickens eat things from the earth, than from the store. They are were born in April. I saw your video on YouTube about making that … Continue reading

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Soil Food Web Intensive – Part 1

Soil Food Web

I’ve just returned from spending 5 glorious days with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the soil microbiologist who coined the term “Soil Food Web.” It was, indeed, intense. Even though I’d been circling this information since 2009 when I saw Jeff Lowenfels … Continue reading

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Growing Turban Squash

Female flowers create a fruit that's flat on one side.

Turban squash, also known as Turk’s Cap, is a winter squash that is so alluring it steals focus from pumpkins any day. We pilfered one from the Heirloom Expo last year, saved the seeds, and grew them out this spring. … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Using Rainwater

Food grade barrels are best for use in vegetable gardens.

A great question came into Ask Gardenerd this week: “Is it safe to use rain barrel water on the organic vegetable garden? My first concern is that the plastic the rain barrels are made of. My second is that we … Continue reading

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