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Recipe: Plum Skillet Cake

Finished cake - the recipes says it's 4 servings. It really is 8.

Back in July we were up to our eyeballs in Santa Rosa plums raining from our front yard tree. We ate as fast as we could, but still there were about 60 plums on the counter at any given time. … Continue reading

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Growing Cowpeas (Black Eyed Peas)

A little more than 1/2 a cup of beans. We'll try again next year.

Cowpeas, or black-eyed peas, are a staple of Southern cuisine, but the pea (actually a bean) itself traces back to Africa, Southeast Asia and even Native American traditions. Last year we discovered a Native American heirloom called Tohono O’ohdam “U’us … Continue reading

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Growing Fish Peppers

Tiny flowers turn to fruit quickly

If you haven’t guessed by now, we love growing heirlooms here at Gardenerd HQ. This year we were excited to try growing fish peppers. Both the fruit and leaves offer visual interest in the garden with variegated, cream-striped green pods, … Continue reading

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Pruning Tomatoes

Young tomatoes in cages - Rule #1: give them proper support

Today we have a guest post from James White, a self-described kombucha tea-sipping blogger who focuses on green building and sustainable living via his family blog Homey Improvements. He’s offering advice on how to prune tomatoes for those who are pruning-averse. … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: When to Spray to Avoid Bees

Cosmos are beneficial insectaries for bees and other pollinators.

Another great question to share with you this week from Melody Girard: “Are there certain times of the day that bees and other pollinators in our area routinely forage? If so, when would that be? I’ve read that if you … Continue reading

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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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