Category Archives: Sage Advice

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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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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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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Homegrown Goji Berries

goji berries drying

Our first year of growing experimental goji berries comes to a close and we actually have something to show for it. Some readers may recall that we won two goji berry plants at the Garden Writers Association Symposium in 2015. … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Saving Tomato Seeds and Blight

A question came in to Ask Gardenerd from Jeff Bremer this week: “This is a two-part question: 1. I save seeds from each year’s tomato crop to plant the following year. I can never get all the “meat” of the … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: When to Water?

A question came in from Karen at Ask Gardenerd this week: “During these very hot summer days, what’s the best time of day to water my vegetable garden?” Irrigation is key during hot weather in climates where rain is scarce. … Continue reading

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Tomato Worms, Flies, and Flower Drop – Oh, My!

Several questions came in all at once from David this week. He asks, “How do I get rid of flies that like to hang around in my back yard and bask in the sunlight? Also, why would my tomato plants … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Squash Vine Borers

A troubling question came into Ask Gardenerd this week from Jennifer: “I’m a new gardener (4 years), and EVERY SINGLE YEAR, vine borers eat my zucchini plants. But I keep planting them because they are my favorite!! None of my … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Protecting Blackberries

We got a good one from Ask Gardenerd this week: “Hello, our blackberries are thriving this year, probably because of all the rain we got in SoCal, but I am afraid the birds will get them before us, like they … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Pruning Blackberries

As we look into the corner of the Gardenerd Test Garden, we see the need for blackberry pruning. Someone else in the Gardenerd community did the same thing and asked: “I believe you mentioned it is time to prune blackberries, … Continue reading

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