In this issue:

  1. January in the Garden
  2. YouTube: How to Fix Most Citrus Problems
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: New Seeds to Try
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden

January in the Garden

January presents itself an an opportunity to start over. New Year, new garden. There is a lot that is new this year, and a lot that carries over from last year. We’re still in a pandemic, though vaccine distribution has begun. Warm-winter gardeners are enjoying the harvest from their fall/winter garden that has carried over from 2020. And it’s time to plan the spring garden.

In the Test Garden, we’re hand watering with stored rain water (from one good day of rain so far). The harvest basket includes broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, carrots, cilantro, parsley, dill, mint, and radishes. We’re picking our first strawberries from our everbearing plants (yes, everbearing types give in winter in mild climates), and a few shelling peas too. We’ve pruned back all the blackberries and roses, and pruned deciduous trees like apple, pomegranate, and nectarine (hold off on pruning apricot and cherry trees until summer). Soon we’ll be starting tomato seeds indoors, and planning the spring garden on paper.

In this newsletter, you’ll find our latest YouTube video, and new seeds to try for 2021. Let’s kick off the new year with hope and a deep breath.

Happy New Year,


Broccoli harvest
Rosalind (front) and Thompson broccoli harvested recently.

2. YouTube: How to Fix Most Citrus Problems

navel orange
Navel orange

Our latest YouTube video shares a secret Citrus Treatment we’ve been using for more than a decade to bring client’s citrus trees back to health. Give your fruit trees a fresh start, a new beginning. Watch and give it a try.

YouTube: How to Fix Most Citrus Tree Problems

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – New Beginnings – Seeds to Try

Royal Corona Beans
Try Royal Corona Beans in your garden this spring

We’ve spent the winter scouring seed catalogs for a few gems to grow this year. These varieties piqued our interest:

Marrow Fat Dry Bean – from Sow True Seed – This white bean boasts of tasting like bacon. Worth a try to see if that’s true.

Lunar White Carrotalso from Sow True Seed – We grow carrots of every color but white, so it’s time to add it to our seed collection.

Greenpeace Kalefrom SeedSavers Exchange – it’s a purple-stemmed Siberian kale. What more could you ask for?

Nancy Malone Wheat Purple Collardsfrom Southern Exposure Seed Exchange – whether you already grow collards or want to jump in with something non-traditional, this purple collard green is a beautiful heirloom that will fit the bill. We learned about this variety while watching this video with Michael Twitty on the history of collard greens.

Thai Kang Kob Pumpkinfrom Southern Exposure Seed Exchange – a flattened pumpkin with skin so thin you don’t have to peel it! Sign me up.

Yellow Torch Tithoniaalso from Southern Exposure – we adore Mexican sunflowers and these are yellow instead of orange. Monarch butterflies love them so we’ll give them a try.

Early Moonbeam Watermelonfrom Territorial Seed – It’s a yellow flesh icebox watermelon with light and dark green stripes. It grows best in cooler areas so it’s perfect for coastal gardens.

Red Streaked Arugula from Kitchen Garden Seeds – add something unusual to your salad garden this year. Pungent with deep pink veins. Go for it!

Try these seeds or something new to you this year. You won’t regret it.

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden

Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden Cover Art
We’re counting down the days! Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden arrives in March 2021. Pre-order your copy today! Pre-orders ship first!

New Beginnings – Start a Fruit Garden This Spring! Christy’s new book is coming in March, 2021. Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden has everything you need to get started growing fruit in small spaces. Whether you have a balcony, patio, or back yard (or front yard…hey, we did that at Gardenerd HQ) you’ll find the best guidelines for designing your space, choosing the best varieties, planting and care, and so much more. Pre-order your copy today for the gardenerd or fruit lover in your life!

Get Your Copy Today!

Don’t want to wait for a new book? We have autographed copies of 2020’s Gardening for Geeks ready to ship now.

Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from Enjoy your new beginnings in the garden, and Happy New Year!

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