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Wordless Wednesday: Winter is Our Spring

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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Wordless Wednesday: Winter into Spring

March is a time of transition. Winter crops die, making room for spring seedlings. Volunteers poke through the soil and take a chance. We celebrate new life in the garden as the old fades away. We move from winter into … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Winter Garden

So many people are shocked to discover that you can grow food in winter. In many places, where the ground freezes, it is more challenging but still possible. In warm-winter climates like Los Angeles, it’s a piece of cake. Folks … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Winter Care for Succulents

This week’s question is a good one: “Hi and thank you in advance for your help. I live in Texas and have a lot of succulents in pots (20) and other things in the ground like cannas. Question is: how … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bounty: Harvesting Colors in Warm-Winter Climates

As much of the country is covered with snow, or too soggy to start spring gardening, the warm-winter gardener is reaping the blessings of mild temperatures. Winter’s bounty is a basket of root crops, greens and peas. Take a look … Continue reading

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Recipe: Seitan, Vegetables and Cracked Pepper en Papillote

New Year, new recipes to cook up home grown goodness. It’s also time for quick meals that don’t require a lot of work or fancy preparation. This recipe may look fancy, but it comes together quickly using vegetables and parchment … Continue reading

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Late-Fall Garden Happenings

Half the country may be covered with snow, but the Gardenerd Test Garden is going strong here in Southern California. Don’t think of it as bragging; think of it as a beacon to spring plantings to come. This Saturday marks … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bounty 2011

As the winter growing season is winding down, we’ve already planted some spring crops, and planned out the summer crops. There’s still one important thing to do, however, before we move on to spring:
appreciate winter’s bounty.

Even though we can see what’s growing above ground, there’s an element of surprise when harvesting root crops like carrots, parsnips and potatoes (okay – it’s a tuber, not a root crop). Students
always ask me how they will know when to pick their root vegetables. I tell them to run their index finger around the …
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