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Gardenerd HQ Fall Test Garden Tour – Dec. 16, 2017

Gardenerd Test Garden Fall

We hope you can join us for our first Gardenerd HQ Fall Test Garden Tour. We’re grateful for mild winters because fall is the best growing season for our favorite crops. Kale, broccoli, lettuces, root veggies, potatoes, peas and more … Continue reading

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Fall is about Patience

File this post under philosophical ruminations. As the holidays careen toward us, we might feel a twinge of anxiety to hurry up and plant the garden, or to harvest, or to shut it down for the season, depending on where … Continue reading

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Review: Outstanding in the Field

Outstanding in the Field OVF1

You’ve probably heard of them, these renowned dinners with elaborate, farm-fresh menus eaten on long-tables in the middle of a field somewhere. Outstanding in the Field (OITF) dinners are a feat of catering genius that bring people together for a … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: RAIN!

fall Kale planted wordless wednesday

Los Angeles saw its first real rain yesterday, a bit later than usual, but still in October. It may have lasted for only 20 minutes, but it was enough to wash off the roof for clean rain water collection later … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Pollinator Garden Density

A very cool question came in to Ask Gardenerd from Trevor Pratt this week: “How geographically dense does the distribution of pollinator gardens have to be in the LA area to support bees and other interesting threatened species of pollinating … Continue reading

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Too Hot to Plant

Fall seedlings

Twenty five years ago, when I started gardening in Southern California, we planted cool weather crops in September. As Climate Change increased, September became too hot to plant. Now we plant brassicas, lettuces, alliums (onions, garlic, shallots, etc.) and root … Continue reading

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Review: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Wasted poster

Last week, I attended a screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, a new film from Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain and other concerned citizens. The film “exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change, and … Continue reading

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A Sleek, Modern Garden

We specialize in small-space gardening here at Gardenerd. Our latest project makes use of a 10′ x 12′ passageway for a couple who wanted to grow veggies, herbs, berries, and fruit trees. We found space for everything they wanted somewhere … Continue reading

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Ripening Green Tomatoes

Ripening green tomatoes

When a client mentioned that she still has a ton of green tomatoes on her plants, but needs to pull them to make room for fall crops, it occurred to me that not everyone knows the old newspaper trick for … Continue reading

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Planting Shallots

Planting shallots

It’s fall, which means it’s the perfect time to plant shallots, onions, and garlic. All of these delicious alliums grow over winter and bulb up in spring, then we harvest in late spring or early summer. It’s easy to grow … Continue reading

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