In this issue:

  1. November in the Garden
  2. Podcast: Gardening Inspiration with Ashlie Thomas
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Thanksgiving Recipes
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Garden Variety

1. November in the Garden – A Garden of Thanks

The fall garden is well underway here at Gardenerd HQ. Our favorite crops grow in this cooler time, and temperatures provide an easier growing season. Every year, I am thankful for the cool-season garden. The root veggies, the salad greens, the green in general – it makes my heart sing. Knowing that fresh picked kale is right around the corner makes me happy.

This month in the Test Garden, we’re prepping beds and planting seeds. We’re transplanting brassicas, and thinning sprouts for carrots, parsnips, radishes, and mustard greens. Volunteers have started to appear – California poppies, stinging nettles, cilantro, and more arugula than any human needs. It’s a carpet of cotyledons out there! We harvested our sweet potatoes this week, and have them out in the sun to cure for a week or so. In their place will go celeriac, herbs, and shelling peas. I’m grateful for recent rains, which filled the rain barrels. Now we’re irrigating with nitric acid-rich rain water that plants love so much. There’s still time to set up a rain barrel for SoCal’s rainy season (if we get one).

In this newsletter, you’ll find our latest podcast with IG-famous The Mocha Gardener, Ashlie Thomas. And we’ve got a recipes from the garden for your Thanksgiving table. Here’s to a fruitful garden of thanks this season.

Happy gardening,


Winter radishes sprouting
Winter radishes sprouting

2. Podcast: Gardening Inspiration with Ashlie Thomas

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Ashlie Thomas and her new book

In this episode of the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast we talk with Ashlie Thomas (known as The Mocha Gardener) about the beginners mind and how that helps us in life as well as gardening.

Gardening Inspiration with Ashlie Thomas

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Thanksgiving Recipes

Sweet potato harvest 2022
Use purple sweet potatoes fresh from the garden (after curing, of course).

Thanksgiving is a holiday for chefs and cooks…and gardenerds! It’s a chance to feature dishes from the garden. Sweet potatoes, greens, potatoes, and squash all make great sides. And let’s face it, it’s all about the sides. Here are some of our favorite dishes to try this Thanksgiving.

Parmesan-Roasted Winter Radishes – this works for spring radishes too.

Caramelized Onion Stuffing – uses fresh herbs from the garden and onions

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Wedges – Use any of your winter squash stash for this recipe

Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Maple Pecanswe make this one every year. It’s a crowd pleaser

Heritage Dark Chocolate Browniesokay, confession. There are zero vegetables from the garden in here. But it’s made with heirloom grains (which technically one could grow at home). Just make it. It’s amazing.

Find more delicious recipes from the garden at Just type “thanksgiving recipe” in the search box.

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Garden Variety – Holiday Gifts Available

Garden Variety
Garden Variety – a Novel

Need a host/hostess gift this holiday season? Garden Variety is the perfect book to give. Available in paperback, CD, and audiobook anywhere books are sold. Order from your favorite bookseller (and get autographed copies direct from Gardenerd), or organize a book signing event near you.

Order Your Autographed 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 we wish you a garden of thanks this month.

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