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May To-Dos

May flowers are here! Let's enjoy them.

It’s May, everyone! We love the garden in May. It really gets going right about now, which means there’s no time to rest. If you haven’t planted spring or summer crops yet, now is the time. If they’re already in … Continue reading

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Green Tip Tuesday: Heirloom Seeds

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I had the opportunity to provide a Green Tip for Jeff Davis’s Go Green America TV a short while ago, and today it’s live. It’s part of Jeff’s Green Tip Tuesday series, bringing helpful, environmentally-friendly tidbits to viewers every week. … Continue reading

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Got Peppers?

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Peppers are ready to harvest. Now if only there were a few good recipes…

Peppers Spice Up Summer Menus


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New 2011 Fall FantaSeed Collection

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As summer winds down, the excitement for fall crops is building. Not sure what to grow?  Gardenerd is here to help. We’ve picked out a special selection of veggies we have been dying to grow –
and we’re pretty jazzed about it.

Color is the name of the game this fall. Purples, yellows, reds and greens take the stage this fall to brighten up your garden. Check out this beautiful lineup for fall:

2011 Fall FantaSeed Collection

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Farmers’ Market Nurseries

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Sure you can buy food at the Farmers’ Market, but did you know you can also buy plants to grow your own food?  Check out some of our local vendors, and find some great ideas for cooking with
home grown herbs:

Buy at the Market to Grow at Home

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Dream Garden Grows Up

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I stopped by the Dream Center garden in downtown Los Angeles yesterday to see how things are growing in and I was delighted to see what has transpired since my last visit. It’s all grown up!

Not only did the flagstone and decomposed granite get installed in the pathway, but the mulch had arrived (free from the City) and it was all in place.

Pathway complete, plants growing in. Happiness is a thriving garden!

Some of the tomatoes even had fruit set already: …
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Venice Garden Tour 2011 Review

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Every gardenerd needs to “fill the well” sometimes, to take in beauty and inspiration that will generate ideas for future gardening projects. Today was filled with sparks of gardening inspiration at
the Venice Garden Tour. There were 31 houses on the tour, so we set out on foot to take them all in.

Venice Beach, for those who aren’t familiar, is an eclectic town populated with artists, architects, landscape designers, and hippies. It was the epicenter of pushing the envelope in the 20s, where
the world’s first swimsuit competition was held. It’s the …
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Potash Deficiency

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A new question dropped into the Ask Gardenerd inbox this week: 


“Lovin’ [your] podcast since 2009!  My soil test recommends 15-0-15 for potash deficiency. Organic sources would be….what?  Wood ash,
greensand, kelp meal?  Do you have preference?  I’m told wood ash (easiest and free) leaches out faster and has other elements too, ones I don’t need to supplement like calcium and
magnesium. Just wondering what you think…”

First of all – thanks for …

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Gardenerd is Mar Vista’s Bounty Hunter

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Gardenerd’s Christy Wilhelmi became a columnist for Mar Vista Patch.com this week writing the weekly Farmer’s Market report, Mar
Vista’s Bounty Hunter. If you love the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market like we do, you can sign up on Patch.com to get the latest news about what’s fresh at the Farmer’s Market delivered right to your
inbox.

This week’s story is all about the strawberries. Even if you don’t live in the Los Angeles area, you’ll find some great tips about …
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Growing Kale – Ironman of the Garden

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There’s a thing that happens when someone discovers kale for the first time. They become addicted to it. Well, maybe not addicted, but if their experience is anything like mine was, they can’t get
enough of it. My intro to kale was with Esalen’s Raw Kale Salad  and I’ve been growing kale ever since.

What kind of kale is best?  It depends upon your preference. Many people like the color and texture of Italian kale, also known as Lacinato (laa-chee-nah-toe) or Dinosaur kale, and because it
is not …
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