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Review: Natural Beekeeping Conference 2016

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

I had the good fortune of being a speaker at the first ever Natural Beekeeping Conference that took place this weekend in Pasadena, CA. Honeylove.org organized the event. They gathered top experts in treatment-free beekeeping from around the continent, and … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Saving Broccolini Seeds

Side shoots form tiny heads of broccoli you can harvest for at least a month.

This terrific question came in from an inquiring mind this week: “Last spring I had a very tasty crop of Broccolini. I was impressed enough to save seeds at the end of the season. I’ve since learned that Broccolini is … Continue reading

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What to do with Overgrown Green Beans

Green bean overload. We filled a 1 gallon bucket from our 4 square foot patch of bush beans when we got home.

It happens to even the most savvy gardener. You go out of town on vacation and when you return, there are beans…lots of beans. Not just any beans, overripe beans. Tough, fibrous, partially mature beans that are still green. What … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Community Gardens in York, England

Brambles of black and raspberries lined pathways.

If there’s one thing the English do well, it’s gardening. Many of our traditions and ideals about what a proper garden should look like come from the English. As a resident of a drought-stricken area, I’ve had to peel these … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Josh Hover

Josh and a DIY client prepping to paint her new fence.

Gardening is about life cycles, we deal with life and death every day. When someone prized is taken too soon, however, it is a tragedy. I write today to honor a friend and colleague, the carpenter who took my visions … Continue reading

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No Compost Bin? No Problem!

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Today’s infograph comes from Fix.com, where they’ve assembled a quick and easy guide for using your kitchen scraps in your garden without a compost bin. It’s an simple way to turn garden waste into garden gold without much effort through … Continue reading

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Corn Fail – Rats Again!

Our sad corn after a rat attack.

We’re growing Glass Gem popping corn this year, but we may not get to see the results because we’ve got rats again. They’re more aggressive than ever this year, probably because we gave them an in. In dealing with the … Continue reading

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Fireworks – A Toxic Tradition?

Fireworks over Los Angeles

I was in town for the 4th of July this year. Usually I’m celebrating our freedom by backpacking at around 9,000 feet in the pristine silence of the Sierras over the 4th of July holiday. I had no idea Los … Continue reading

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Review & Giveaway: 101 Chilies to Try Before You Die

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Are you a chili grower? Do you like your peppers hot? If that’s true, then 101 Chilies to Try Before You Die by David Floyd is for you. Floyd is a chili expert (www.chilefoundry.co.uk) who has written about chili peppers … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Citrus Fruit Tree Care

Fresh oranges from our tree

The questions keep flowing in this time of year. Here’s the latest from Jim: “How much water and fertilizer do I need for 2 y o blood orange tree. And do those minimums change in hot or cold weather? My … Continue reading

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