Over winter we've been experimenting with the abundance of stinging nettles that have been proliferating at Gardenerd HQ. There are myriad ways to cook up stinging nettles, so let's explore the options.
It's right about the time when tomato plants look like they're doing something, and we start to see fruit on squash and cucumber plants. Exciting times, gardenerds. All that work is about to pay off. Let's take a moment to enjoy the progress in our gardens, and savor the late spring garden excitement.
Not all days are rosy in the garden, some days it's a mix of sunshine and clouds. This week we celebrate the clouds (pests, failures) as much as the sunshine (successes and progress). If you're feeling defeated, don't give up. Gardening is about learning from failure more often than not. Dust off and try again.
A question from Debra came into Ask Gardenerd this week about compost volunteers. To keep or not to keep? We answer that question.
Volunteers are the topic of our latest YouTube video. What are volunteers and why do you want them? Simply put, a volunteer is something that pops up in your garden that you didn't deliberately plant.
As I write this, there's a lot of unrest in our nation. There are helicopters overhead, sirens blaring here in Los Angeles. People are hurting, have been hurting for a long time.
it's been great having more time to garden (between writing two books!), and the garden is showing promise of future rewards. Here's some inspiration for the week. Plant something!
It's change of pace week on the podcast. Instead of interviewing a guest, Christy focuses on your questions to give you the answers you need to garden successfully this spring.
The garden been our saving grace during Covid-19, since we already work from home and don't get out much these days.
Emily Murphy is an organic gardener and botanist in Northern California, where she produces articles, podcasts, and videos for her website, teaches classes, and designs gardens. She highlights some favorite recipes from her book in today's podcast.