In this issue:

  1. February in the Garden
  2. New YouTube Video: Pruning Fruit Trees
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Planting Bare Root Strawberries
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Gardening for Geeks

1. February in the Garden

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but our love for the garden grows stronger each day as spring approaches. Soon we’ll be starting seeds (for some, the time is now!) for spring crops, adding compost to beds, and starting all over again for a new gardening season.

In our Test Garden, the sudden February heat wave brought with it a slew of aphids to push our winter crops over the edge. Spring planting comes sooner than we thought as these winter crops give up the ghost. We’re sprouting artichoke seeds,
and soon we’ll be planting corn in seed trays to transplant out as soon as the beds become available. We planted new bare-root strawberries for a fresh start. Check out the latest Tip of the Month below for details on how to do it.

For local Angelinos, we’ve got a special event with our friends at The Edible Apartment (TEA). TEA and Gardenerd are co-hosting a double-decker class: Biointensive gardening, creating a community garden in an apartment, sheet mulching, and cooking from your garden. All in one 2-hour class! Learn how to do all these things on March 12, 2016 from 9:30-11:30. Reserve your space today, space is limited. Details and registration here.

Happy Gardening,


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

2. New YouTube Video: Pruning Fruit Trees

Still haven’t pruned your fruit trees this winter? Now is the time, before they break dormancy. Need help? Watch our latest YouTube video to learn the basics of fruit tree pruning. Your trees will thank you.

Pruning Fruit Trees

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3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Planting Bare-root Strawberries

Bare root strawberries are plants sold without soil (so the roots are bare), in a dormant state. They are usually less expensive than buying 6 packs at the nursery and you can find many more varieties in online catalogs than in local nurseries.

Planting bare roots can seem scary but it’s really easy. Check out our latest blog post on planting bare root strawberry crowns on the Gardenerd Blog.

Planting Bare-Root Strawberries

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Gardening for Geeks

Spring is coming, and Gardening for Geeks is the perfect companion for all things gardening. Learn how to prep your beds, build new beds, make your own potting soil, plant seeds, grow biointensively and so much more! Be prepared, get Gardening for Geeks.

Gardening for Geeks – autographed copies available too!


Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from Happy winter gardening!