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Wordless Wednesday: Ocean View Farms Plot

People ask me about my community garden plot a lot, I guess because I don’t post photos from it. Most of the pictures you see here on Gardenerd are from our Test Garden, but today I’m sharing what’s growin’ on … Continue reading

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Survey Results – What You Want to Learn in 2018

Thank you to everyone who participated in our New Year’s survey about what you want to learn in 2018. It’s so helpful to know what you gardenerds want to explore this year. It’s hard to limit the choices to just … Continue reading

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Favorite Seeds for 2018

We’re like kids in a candy store when it comes to seeds, aren’t we Gardenerds? As we do every year here at Gardenerd, it’s time to pick our favorite seeds for the coming season. This year we’re featuring the color … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Preventing Compacted Soil in Pots

Here’s a cool question that came into Ask Gardenerd this week: “Hi Christy, When transplanting plants grown in pots, I usually find large sections of soil that are dry and hard, often near the bottom, but not always. I’ve tried … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Our 1,000th Anniversary

Apparently we’ve written 1,000 posts on the Gardenerd Blog since 2006, not including monthly newsletters. That number sounds small compared to the wealth of information available in our archives. At the same time it’s huge and accounts for hours of … Continue reading

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I Want Those “Heirloom” Tomatoes

When I ask clients “What type of tomatoes do you want to grow?” the answer I expect to hear is “cherry”, “plum”, “paste”, “slicing” or  “beefsteak”. Instead, most often the response is, “Oh, I want to grow those heirloom kind.” … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Grubs and Raccoons

A question came into Ask Gardenerd over the holidays: “How do I discourage the raccoons digging in my raised veggie beds?? They don’t dig on the hillside, where their efforts would be appreciated! 🙂 So far vinegar; cayenne pepper hasn’t … Continue reading

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YouTube: How to Thin Seedlings

Our first video of 2018 answers the many questions we’re received about how to thin seedlings and what is thinning to begin with. In this YouTube video you’ll learn two techniques for thinning: how to snip away extras from established … Continue reading

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Farewell Bountiful Gardens

Today we mourn the loss of one of the best resources in organic biointensive gardening. Bountiful Gardens, the retail wing of Ecology Action’s Grow Biointensive, has closed its doors much to my dismay. I’m actually heartbroken over this, there’s no … Continue reading

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Be F.A.B. in 2018

Every gardener needs tools to keep a garden healthy and thriving. This is not only true for the garden, but for the gardener. We get tired, overwhelmed, frustrated, bored, and burned out each year, especially when garden failures appear to … Continue reading

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