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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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Ask Gardenerd: Pruning Tomatoes

Kellogg's Breakfast Tomato

Summer is the perfect time for this question from Jeff Bremer: “Hi Christy, What’s your opinion on pinching-off the “branches” that sprout out of tomato plants? Some of my friends don’t pinch at all, but my neighbor pinches his plants … Continue reading

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Preserving Shallots

Slice shallots thin. Pieces should be evenly sized if possible.

Shallots are a luxury. They’re expensive and they don’t store for long. So we grow them ourselves. But when it’s time to harvest, that last part (about not storing for long) becomes an issue. Enter our solar food dryer. Preserving … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Summer Gardening Never Stops

Blue Beauty tomato shows true blue. We just fed the tomatoes with compost tea.

Summer Solstice is almost here. The garden still needs attention, and evidence of the rewards close at hand are everywhere. Time to feed, weed and guide your plants along into summer. Summer Gardening The garden doesn’t go on vacation even … Continue reading

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YouTube: How to Find Tomato Hornworms

Droppings and munching are a clear sign you have tomato hornworms.

You know it’s summer when you see holes in your tomatoes. Tomato hornworms can ruin a perfectly good tomato plant (and experience). We’re here to show you how to find them amid the chaos of tomato foliage. There’s a trick. … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: What’s Eating My Cabbage and Spinach?

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Ah, pests. Here at Gardenerd, we like to say that having a garden without pests is like having children and expecting them to be well behaved all the time. It’s unrealistic. Most garden pests are telling us something, and the … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Frost Dates?

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Here’s a question we get on occasion at Ask Gardenerd: “Many garden books and seed packets refer to timing in the garden in terms of the date of the last frost. For example: “Wait to plant until 3 weeks past … Continue reading

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