Category Archives: Blog

YouTube: Wildflowers for Bees

Bee on a cardoon

This week’s YouTube video shares tips about what wildflowers to grow to encourage and feed bees and other pollinators in your garden. Wildflowers are easy to grow, most of the time you just scatter seeds before a rain comes and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Spring Cometh

At last!  A Winnetka Purple artichoke emerges from the plant. We started this from seeds from the Seed Library of Los Angeles. It worked!

It’s transition time as spring nudges gardeners into action. Winter crops are finishing up, making room for warm and hot-weather crops here in Los Angeles. While other parts of the country are still knee-deep in snow, we’re well into the … Continue reading

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Spring Seed Favorites for 2017

Tesuque is the traditional pepper used for making chili powder in New Mexico.

Oh, the gardenerd’s dilemma. So many seeds, so little space. We’re not here to help, we’re here to commiserate. In fact, we’re here to feed the monster. Here are our seed favorites for 2017: Seed Favorites for 2017 Blue Jade … Continue reading

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YouTube: Herbs for Bees

Mints, yarrow and squash fill the space.

This week’s YouTube video is all about Herbs for Bees. Find out which herbs to grow for your pollinator population. Christy shares fun facts about borage, and encourages you to let your herb garden flower each season before cutting back. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sourdough Crackers

Sourdough crackers and be broken up free-form for a rustic, savory treat.

When you make sourdough bread you have to feed your starter, and before you can feed your starter, you are supposed to throw away a cup of starter from the jar. Sound wasteful? It is. So every bread maker searches … Continue reading

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Design: From Pool To Garden

Bulldozer at work demolishing the client's swimming pool.

Back in 2016 we got a call from a woman who had a swimming pool but wanted a vegetable garden. She had already taken steps to fill in her swimming pool, but needed help building the vegetable garden. A blank … Continue reading

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YouTube: Garden Plants for Pollinators

Sunflowers

Spring is coming, and now is the time to plant (or start seeds for) flowers for pollinator-friendly gardens. This is the first video in our “Plants for Pollinators” series, a collaboration with Honeylove.org. In the coming weeks, you’ll learn which … Continue reading

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Review: Mockmill Stone Flour Mill

The Mockmill fits easily onto the Kitchenaid mixer and the metal shoot is designed to dump flour straight into the bowl below.

Homesteader nerd-alert: Los Angeles Bread Bakers held a Meetup at the King’s Roost where Paul LeBeau of Wolfgang Mock was slated to be the guest speaker. He’d also raffle off 2 Mockmills in a free raffle, and a 3rd in … Continue reading

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Weather: Farmer’s Almanac vs. Old Farmer’s Almanac

Yesterday we got 2 1/2 inches of rain. It's a record.

Have you ever wondered how The Farmer’s Almanac calculates its weather predictions? It’s always been a little fascination of mine. Is it astronomy? Astrology? Some secret divining rod that none of us know about? Today’s post, which helps solve the … Continue reading

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Now More Than Ever – Garden

Tiny plums set fruit in November this year.

In light of recent hard-to-ignore political events, it feels necessary to weigh in, to not ignore what is transpiring across the country. I see many garden bloggers posting business-as-usual articles about growing flowers, and I’m conflicted. On one hand, we … Continue reading

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