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Loquat Season

A transplant from a relative's yard.

Loquat. That word raises the brow of many non-gardeners everywhere, and even some gardeners. Aside from sounding like a short kumquat, loquats are unusual fruits because you don’t often them at farmers’ markets, and never see them in grocery stores. … Continue reading

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Rooftop Garden in L.A.

Founder of Linear City's rooftop garden

A lot of people don’t have space to garden, and in many places the rooftop is the only option. If you live where it snows, the local architecture is built to support the weight of snow, so a hundred pounds … Continue reading

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Dying Colored Easter Eggs

White eggs dyed for Easter (with 1 of our colored eggs mixed in). Can you tell which one?

Dying colored Easter eggs. Isn’t that redundant? Well, yes, but let me explain. We have chickens who lay colored eggs (peach, blue, green and chocolate brown). Most commercially available Easter egg coloring kits recommend using white eggs. As gardenerds, we … Continue reading

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Volunteers: Nature’s Helpers

A volunteer tomato sprouted from under our compost storage tub.

This time of year, we have a lot of sprouts popping up in odd places. We didn’t plant them, they are “volunteers.” Volunteers are a godsend in filling in spaces around the yard with spring flowers, extra lettuces, and even … Continue reading

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Native Garden Tour- Part 2: The coolest thing ever

A loquat tree with cages of cotton hanging about

Plants are interesting. Birds are interesting. Put them together and you get a Xerces Society Certified Pollinator Habitat. Last week on the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, we started off with a jaw dropping experience in Beverly Hills that … Continue reading

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YouTube: How to Plant Tomatoes

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It’s tomato season, and we’ve got ours in the ground already. It may be early for some, but we’re experiencing 80 degree days this week, so we took a chance and were so bold as to plant tomatoes (18 of … Continue reading

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Native Garden Tour – Part 1: Great Plants for Pollinators

Dendromecon Hartfordii and it's cousin, Dendromecon rigida are sunny additions to any California native garden.

I was gifted two tickets to the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour this past weekend and set out with my co-chair for the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase to see what native plants people are growing in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Climate Change Round Up (AKA Things I Care About)

Mossytrees

#Climate Change was trending on Twitter yesterday. As gardenerds, we don’t need Twitter to point out the changes in seasonal behavior. We can spot when things are off. Things are definitely off. Mudslides, more intense icy winters, more frequent flooding, … Continue reading

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Keys to Lighting Your Indoor Gardening System

Grow plants under grow lights through winter. Start seeds too.

Today’s guest post is from Chris Wimmer, an urban hydroponic hobbyist who uses hydroponics to maximize his 400 square foot yard and extend the short Chicago growing season. Chris blogs about how to start growing with hydroponics at HealthSmartLiving.com. Today … Continue reading

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Spring Gardens are Waking Up

First blackberries of the season

A friend up north in Canada, Niki Jabbour, posted on Twitter this morning that she’s expecting 2 feet of snow tonight. Here in Southern California our spring gardens are waking up and we’re planting warm season crops already. Take heart, … Continue reading

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