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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

Fuji apple wordless wednesday

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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Gardenerd at Large – Planting Fall Gardens

It’s been busy these last few months.  It seems that everyone wants a garden, and I’m happy to help. 

Today I helped a family in Corona Del Mar to plant a garden in a small space in their back yard.  The space was occupied with a couple of recently planted fruit trees that weren’t yet established, and some shrubs.  After measuring the space and making some suggestions for plant removal, we were on our way.


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Fall Gardening To-Do List

For those who are cooling down for the winter, there are plenty of things to do before saying goodbye to gardening this fall.  As the leaves change color and the weather becomes more crisp, here are a couple fall gardening check lists for your end-of-season needs:

Organic Gardening Magazine’s Fall To-Do List

Better Homes and Gardens Fall Garden Checklist

I also found a section on Consumer Reports’ website that you might enjoy surfing through:

Consumer Reports Fall Lawn and Yard Checklist

Happy fall gardening!

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