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Swallowtail caterpillar on curly parsley. They love it!

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 typing, researching, and exploring this wondrous thing called organic vegetable gardening. Happy anniversary, Gardenerds! You got us here!

To celebrate the first post of our next thousand, let’s look at what’s happening in the winter garden in Southern California.

Anniversary Photos

Wordless Wednesday loquat
Loquats are beginning to ripen. Tropical fruit in winter – crazy. It’s supposed to be 80 degrees all week here.
Wordless Wednesday cauliflower
Our first cauliflower in years. Winter was cold enough to produce a head. Maybe we’ll try again this fall.
Wordless Wednesday blanching celery
Blanching celery plant with newspaper. Tied into place (with foliage exposed on top) about 15 days before harvest to reduce bitterness and pungency.
Wordless Wednesday tomato flowers
Yes, that’s a real-time tomato blossom in the January garden. One Missouri Pink tomato plant still thrives, so we left it. Fingers crossed for early tomatoes.
Wordless Wednesday flower sprouts
Flowers sprout beneath a thick layer of mulch, a benefit of the slightest bit of rain. Love-in-a-Mist and California poppies.
Wordless Wednesday winter lettuces
Winter lettuce patch is going strong. Time to sow new seeds for the spring round of salads.
Wordless Wednesday Shelling peas
Shelling peas are ready for harvest, a few each day. We’re shelling and freezing them for later use.
Wordless Wednesday Tree kale seedlings
Tree kale cuttings we’re propagating since Bountiful Gardens (our source) closed its doors.
Wordless Wednesday swallowtail caterpillar
Swallowtail caterpillar on curly parsley. They love it!


Spring is almost here. Let’s enjoy the winter while it lasts, but plan ahead for the coming season. Start seeds, tend compost piles, prep beds for planting. Thank you for reading the Gardenerd blog, and Happy gardening!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Carrie & Mike Manaugh

    Many Congratulations! Happy to say we also have Swallowtail caterpillars on our Fennel.

    1. Christy

      Thanks Carrie and Mike. Glad to hear you are being graced with Swallowtails too!

  2. Mom & Dad


    1. Christy

      Aw shucks, thanks Mom and Dad.

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