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Giveaway: Sprouting Seeds for Greens All Winter

Dr. Mercola's Sprout Doctor Sprouting Kit. Get 3 with our giveaway!

It’s holiday time, which means thoughtful gifts and good cheer with loved ones. It also means, for many people, a winter without fresh greens in the garden. Thankfully, we can sprout seeds indoors for snipping into salads, soups and more … Continue reading

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Scoring Big with the Rain Barrel Rebate

Photo by Andrew Cheeseman

We try to write blog posts with a nationwide focus, but every once in a while, something with a local flare is in order. This is one of those times: Los Angeles is finally seeing some rain, and our rain … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Ocean View Farms and Will Allen

Yours truly and Will Allen of Growing Power

I had the pleasure of arranging a visit to Ocean View Farms organic community garden for a group of innovative folks who are working to solve several issues at once: food waste, food deserts, soil fertility, and carbon loss. What’s … Continue reading

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Big Changes for a Big Front Yard

New bioswale captures and sinks water deep into the ground for fruit trees to enjoy.

Our largest Turf Removal Rebate project to date involved eliminating 3,000 square feet of lawn in a big front yard and parkway in Beverlywood. The owners wanted to reduce their water bill and make their front yard an inviting place … Continue reading

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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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