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Making Carob Powder

Technically a fruit, carob pods are eaten while the seeds are discarded.

Autumn brings with it an array of colorful fruits and vegetables from the garden…and seeds. This Thanksgiving, as we dig into our root cellars for orange carrots, purple potatoes, and red beets, as well as colorful persimmons, pomegranates, and grapes,  … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: When to Blanch Celery

Celery has a bitter, strong unless it is blanched.

We love this question that came in to Ask Gardenerd this week: “I planted celery about 6 weeks ago (from the chopped off part of market celery) and it is doing well. The stalks are now about 1/2 inch thick. … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Cal Poly Pomona’s Kellogg Ranch

Round the corner to the entrance to the farm and you're greeted with roses and hay bales.

It was 5:30 in the morning when I got in the car to drive the hour it would take to get to Cal Poly Pomona. By the time I arrived the sun was just creeping over the mountains, streaking light … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Random Acts of Gardening

Gardener's Supply discontinued this bumper sticker years ago.

It appears that the holiday season has officially begun, so in the spirit of giving, we’re digging into our treasure trove for something special to give away to you, our faithful gardenerd readership. Oh, it’s special, believe me. In fact, … Continue reading

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One More Turf Removal Rebate Garden

As plants grow in, the family can enjoy fresh lettuce, kale, and radishes from their new garden.

People in Southern California are finally catching on to the idea that lawns are a waste of water, especially during a drought like the one we’ve been in for many years now. The City of Los Angeles is providing incentives … Continue reading

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2014 Fall Garden Tour

6 types of kale, 2 plants each

The fall garden is our favorite here at Gardenerd. The cooler temperatures lend themselves to growing crops without pests, and with much less stress than summer months. If we ever get any rain, these crops will hardly need help from … Continue reading

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A Bug’s Life in the Garden

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Bugs are part of gardening. It’s a fact of life–you will have bugs. There are good bugs and bad bugs, and if you create the right environment, the good bugs can keep the bad bugs at bay. Today we discovered … Continue reading

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New Restaurant Garden in Downtown LA

The Market at Artisan House. Delicious food and drinks for the discerning palate.

Artisan House, a combination market and restaurant/bar on the corner of 6th and Main Street, serves delicious, fresh food all day long, offering organic produce, artisanal wines and small-farm dairy products. The restaurant menu sports all the eye-catching entrees, sandwiches, … Continue reading

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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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