In this issue:

  1. January in the Garden
  2. YouTube: 5 Vegetable Gardening Tips for 2022
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Pruning Dormant Fruit Trees
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Garden Variety – Pre-Order

1. January in the Garden

It appears that 2022 is off to a rocky start. But I’m hopeful that our gardens will help us get through uncertain times. Gardens have always served that function, through world wars, depressions, recessions, and good times. I think it’s fair to say that if we keep growing food, we’ll be okay.

In the Test Garden this month, recent rains have boosted production. Parsnips, radishes, and celeriac have jumped in size. We’re picking lettuces, mustard greens, cilantro, parsley, and green onion tops. It’s time to prune dormant fruit trees (see below), while we’re harvesting all the citrus trees that are anything but dormant. Kale, and broccoli are filling the harvest basket, but we lost most of our cabbage to unfettered gopher activity (remind me to install gopher wire at the bottom of those raised beds, okay?) At least they don’t like our Swiss chard and spinach, which we pick on a regular basis. For those with dormant gardens, it’s time to dogear those seed catalogs and order seeds for spring. That stack on the sideboard is calling me.

In this newsletter, you’ll find our latest YouTube video, and pruning tips for dormant fruit trees. Also, you don’t yet know about our upcoming Pest Control Online Course, get on the waiting list to find out more. It’s coming in February! Click here to find upcoming events and Save the Dates regarding my debut novel, Garden Variety (available Feb. 1). There’s more to come from Gardenerd this year. You won’t want to miss it.

Happy gardening,


Broccoli is happily pushing through winter

2. YouTube: 5 Vegetable Gardening Tips for 2022

Our first YouTube video of the year contains 5 great tips for your garden.

Our latest YouTube video kicks off 2022 with 5 vegetable gardening tips. Christy shares what’s top of mind for a successful garden this year. Whether you’ve heard them before, or they are new to you, you’ll find these tips helpful as you plan and plant your spring garden.

YouTube: 5 Vegetable Gardening Tips for 2022

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Pruning Dormant Fruit Trees

Make good cuts, above the branch bark ridge and branch collar.

It’s time to prune dormant fruit trees before they break bud. If it’s safe to do it where you live (it’s definitely time in warm-winter climates), here are some helpful instructions from the Gardenerd Archives.

YouTube: Pruning Fruit Trees

And if you need a guide by your side, Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden is a great companion. Christy’s book covers basic pruning, as well as the growth habits of different fruit tree families to make pruning less daunting.

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Garden Variety – Pre-Order now!

Garden Variety
Garden Variety – a Novel

Garden Variety hits bookstore shelves on February 1st. It is available in paperback, CD, and audiobook. Pre-order from your favorite bookseller, or come to a book launch event (details may change based on pandemic restrictions).

Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

We also have autographed copies of 2020’s Gardening for Geeks, and 2021’s Grow Your own Mini Fruit Garden.

Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from, and let’s grow together in 2022. Happy Gardening!

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