Category Archives: What’s Growin’ On

Wordless Wednesday: April

Carrot harvest includes (left to right) Pusa Asita, Cosmic Purple, Yellowstone and Red Core Chantenay.

We know half the country is still blanketed with snow, but April is off the chain in southern gardens. It’s going gangbusters here, folks. Come August/September our garden will look like death warmed over (scorched, in fact) so this is … Continue reading

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Candles from Bees

The warm glow of beeswax is comforting and beautiful.

I usually leave crafting to Martha Stewart, but this project has been four years in the making and I’m chuffed it. Four years ago we began harvesting honey from our backyard bee hive. Four years ago we started saving the … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Botanical Interests Spring Seeds

Garden Starter Gift Set gets you going this spring.

Spring is here, and our friends at Botanical Interests have offered Gardenerd an extraordinary giveaway of spring seeds, garden tools, and more. Three winners. Three gift sets to choose from. Behold the wonder of these drool-worthy giveaways: Deluxe Garden Gift … Continue reading

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YouTube: Propagating Tree Kale

Tree kale, a perennial vegetable with deep roots.

This one is for you kale lovers and permaculturists out there: perennial tree kale. Yes, it’s true. Imagine a year-round supply of kale that doesn’t fall prey to aphids in hot weather. Perennial vegetables form deeper root systems and require … Continue reading

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YouTube: Flowering Bulbs for Bees

Irises show up just in time for Easter.

Honeylove and Gardenerd bring you yet another video in the Plants for Pollinators Series. In this video we show you which bulbs are great for growing for the bees and other pollinators in your garden. Find out some of our … Continue reading

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Review: The Spirit of Stone

The Spirit of Stone shares design ideas for home gardeners.

The Spirit of Stone by Jan Johnsen takes a look at stone from both the aesthetic and functional perspective. The author uses her own 30+ years of experience in landscaping to share hardscape ideas for home gardeners. Boulders can be … Continue reading

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Contest: America’s Best Gardener

Seedlingers makes biodegradable pots and all-natural fertilizers.

Want to win $10,000? Sign up to participate in the 2017 ‘America’s Best Gardener’ Contest. The 2017 ‘America’s Best Gardener’ contest, presented by Seedlingers, will be working with garden writers from around the United States (including yours truly) to select … Continue reading

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Recipe: Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb compote on crackers or toast or home made bread or...

Rhubarb is known for being the first vegetable ready to harvest from the spring garden. Well before strawberries or other sweet fruits are available to make jam, rhubarb stands tall, awaiting your imagination. As a first-timer, I had no idea … Continue reading

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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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