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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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Recipe: Homemade Sourdough Crumpets

Now you never have to discard starter again.

While you rarely hear the word “crumpet” in common parlance these days, they are as tasty as they were in the Middle Ages (or more so, I’ll wager). Similar to English muffins, crumpets are thick pancakes cooked on a griddle. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Winter is Our Spring

Garlic, carrots and radishes are so happy with all the rain.

California is known for its weather, and for those who don’t yet know, winter everywhere else is our spring. Here in SoCal flowers have sprouted everywhere, peas are growing strong, brassicas are loving the rain (LOTS of rain!). For gardeners … Continue reading

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YouTube: Making Water from Air with David Hertz

SkySource makes water from the air and gives it away for free in Venice Beach.

Our latest YouTube video features an interview with David Hertz of SkySource. We explore how a machine can make water from air, and how the device is being used in drought-stricken areas to keep gardens and trees alive. This video … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Short Season Varieties

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When asked about her greatest garden challenge, Melinda from Sweden wrote to us recently, “No doubt about it, here in Sweden our greatest gardening challenge is the climate, low temperatures and frost as late as 13 June and as early … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Corona Snips and Gardening for Geeks

Start your year off with knowledge and power.

Fruit tree pruning season is at hand and it brings to mind the importance of having the right tools. Whether you’re pruning a fruit tree, a shrub or a bonsai, the right tool makes the job easy. The wrong tool … Continue reading

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YouTube: Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees

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Happy New Year, gardenerds! It’s time for a fresh start. Nothing says that better than planting bare root fruit trees. Bare root trees are usually ordered in October/November and shipped out in winter depending on where you live. Ours just … Continue reading

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Recipe: Tuscan Kale Risotto with Mushrooms and Rosemary

Risotto is worth the time it takes to cook it slowly.

It’s kale season, and we have (don’t gasp) 28 plants…or so…growing in the Gardenerd test garden; 10 different varieties to be specific. What can I say, we love kale! Here is the most recent recipe we tested out on the … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Pruning Blackberries

Prune blackberry canes that have turned brown. Leave green canes in place.

As we look into the corner of the Gardenerd Test Garden, we see the need for blackberry pruning. Someone else in the Gardenerd community did the same thing and asked: “I believe you mentioned it is time to prune blackberries, … Continue reading

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