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Ask Gardenerd: Root Knot Nematodes

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A great question came into Ask Gardenerd this week: “Do you have any tips on getting rid of root rot nematodes? Thanks! – Max“ There are natural ways to rid or drastically reduce your soil of pesky nematodes, Max. But … Continue reading

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Fall: Time to Plant Perennials

California native plants are ready to go in the ground now.

Fall is the time of year to plant perennials. Why? Isn’t the season winding down? It is, but it’s the perfect time to put winter-hardy perennials in the ground because they will use winter to develop strong roots. When spring … Continue reading

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Nailed It!: Zucchini Flan Fail

"Finished" zucchini flan

This one is especially for anyone out there who thinks we’re perfect here at Gardenerd. Hang on to your hats, it’s gonna be great. Years ago, when traveling to Italy, we picked up this great cookbook from a vegetarian farm … Continue reading

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Gardenerd on Root Simple Podcast

Get down and dirty with the Root Simple Podcast

Meet Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, the Root Simple Team. They have spent years designing a homesteading lifestyle for themselves that is enviable among gardenerds. In the heart of Los Angeles, they keep chickens, grow food, preserve the harvest, make … Continue reading

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Oh Kale Yeah! National Kale Day

Kale t-shirt: a must have for kale lovers.

October 1st is National Kale Day. Who cares that the holiday is only observed in Canada? We deserve to celebrate here in the States as well. Needless to say, we’re very excited about this at Gardenerd. Every day we tout … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking Food Gardens Giveaway!

Niki Jabbour does it again with Groundbreaking Food Gardens.

If you’re looking for a good gardening book to curl up with this winter, Groundbreaking Food Gardens is my pick for 2014. Niki Jabbour, author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, has collected an impressive series of vegetable garden designs from … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox

A potted lime tree sets fruit in the recent heat wave.

September 23rd marks the beginning of fall, the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It couldn’t be more welcome after all the heat we’ve been having. It brings with it a hope of rain (here in drought-stricken California) and the … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Pruning Back Milkweed?

Flowers form into balloon shaped "hairy balls"

A question came into Ask Gardenerd this week that I even asked myself last year: “First year planting swamp milkweed for Monarchs – just had two butterflies exit their cocoons this morning. Had five plants this year – going big … Continue reading

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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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