Category Archives: Blog

Gardenerd on Back to My Garden Podcast

Back to My Garden's Dave Ledoux interviews Christy about writing, gardening and failure.

A fellow gardenerd up in Canada has a new podcast (okay, not so new. He’s got 20 episodes already) called Back to My Garden. Dave Ledoux grows in northern climates, where snow and short growing seasons are a reality. He … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Heirloom Expo 2014 Review

Abundance is everywhere at the Heirloom Expo

This year’s Heirloom Expo was particularly delicious because I had the chance to give a lecture on my favorite subject: small-space biointensive gardening for urban gardeners. The rest of the time, however, was spent blissing out on gorgeous displays of … Continue reading

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Recipe: I-Love-Veggies! Bake

Our verdict: I love veggies! Bake is a winner.

It’s new recipe time! This one uses foods from the summer harvest (mostly) and makes enough for leftovers. Mixing flavors of sweet potatoes, butternut squash and green beans also makes this dish colorful, and the delicious, savory sauce made from…cauliflower … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Low-Light Crops for Fall

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An eager gardenerd wrote into Ask Gardenerd last week asking, “What crops can I grow in low-light conditions (5 hours of sunlight)?” Since not everyone has access to full sun, we’re guessing this question has come up at least a … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Little Farm in Encino, CA

Not so foreign, but I'd never seen a quince in person before.

We’re about to take you on a journey to a magical place; a place where tropical and rare fruits grow in abundance, where grapevines climb arbors, where goats, chickens, rabbits and birds live in comfort, all in the middle of … Continue reading

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Harvesting Sage

Fresh sage is fragrant and adds earthy flavor to fall and winter dishes.

I have a confession to make. I’ve never really been able to keep culinary sage alive, even though it’s a perennial. Therefore I’ve had very little experience with harvesting sage, aside from picking individual leaves, because it usually dies in … Continue reading

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Recipe: Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna

sliced zucchini

This week, we continue our efforts to provide interesting meal ideas with the abundance of zucchini coming in from the garden. Are you sick of it yet? Hopefully not, because this zucchini quinoa lasagna (technically lasagne, because we’re using more … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Tree Roots in my Garden

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A great question came in this week to Ask Gardenerd: “It’s Yvette from Mar Vista!!! I have a BURNING QUESTION!!! We have a big big rainbow eucalyptus tree in our front yard that is causing big, big problems with our … Continue reading

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An Entirely Flattering Open Letter To Steve Martin

Steve Martin films

(Fellow gardenerd, forgive my use of this platform to express what appears to be unrelated subject matter, but it’s something I have to do. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.) An Entirely Flattering Open Letter to Steve … Continue reading

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Summer Pruning

Prune rosemary after it finishes flowering

These Dog Days of summer are challenging. It’s too hot to plant or work in the garden, but garden is starting to look ragged as plants near the end of their life cycle. What to do? It’s time for a … Continue reading

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