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Wordless Wednesday: RAIN!

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Los Angeles saw its first real rain yesterday, a bit later than usual, but still in October. It may have lasted for only 20 minutes, but it was enough to wash off the roof for clean rain water collection later … Continue reading

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Too Hot to Plant

Fall seedlings

Twenty five years ago, when I started gardening in Southern California, we planted cool weather crops in September. As Climate Change increased, September became too hot to plant. Now we plant brassicas, lettuces, alliums (onions, garlic, shallots, etc.) and root … Continue reading

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Planting Shallots

Planting shallots

It’s fall, which means it’s the perfect time to plant shallots, onions, and garlic. All of these delicious alliums grow over winter and bulb up in spring, then we harvest in late spring or early summer. It’s easy to grow … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Fall Renewal

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It’s hard to write about gardening with the news of the Las Vegas massacre and Tom Petty’s death, but here’s a little fall gardening sunshine to help soothe the soul. A new season brings new life. Let’s celebrate what we … Continue reading

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Damping Off – What to do?

The most exciting thing in the garden this time of year is the ritual of starting seeds for fall, but nothing bursts your bubble like damping off. What is damping off? It’s when seedlings are overtaken by a pathogen (a … Continue reading

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Design: My First Garden

It’s fall, and garden installations are top on our list. Last week we created a starter garden for a health-conscious couple and their young boys. They all want to know where their food comes from, and this first garden is … Continue reading

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Field Trip: More Italy!

There’s nothing quite so exotic as a farmers market in a foreign country. You get to see the staples of the local diet on display. Here in the US, we see peppers and eggplant and tomatoes just like in Italy, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Harvest 2015

Some home grown, some pilfered. All beautiful.

These are never really wordless, but you get the idea. Today is a celebration of a season passing, and a season’s passion. Harvest time is satisfying, beautiful and temporary. Next we start fall crops. Here is a little of both. … Continue reading

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Fall: Time to Plant Perennials

Fall is the time of year to plant perennials. Why? Isn’t the season winding down? It is, but it’s the perfect time to put winter-hardy perennials in the ground because they will use winter to develop strong roots. When spring … Continue reading

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Planting Fall Gardens 2 – the Gardenerd Test Garden

In addition to helping others plant their fall gardens, I’m not ashamed to admit that I get the most joy out of planting my own.  The Gardenerd Test Garden is being planted slowly but surely, and as of this writing there are a few things to report:

We planted sugar snap peas a few weeks ago and they are about 6 inches tall and starting to reach for the trellis.  I used the Gardenerd-designed tomato cages from summer to support the peas – it might be a bit short, but we’ll see how it goes.


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