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How to Blanch Greens (the easy way), starring those superstars of nutrition, broccoli leaves

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April 3, 2019 by Hope Gardens

Sure, the traditional green broccoli head floret is very attractive and to grow one feels like such an accomplishment. But …
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Hope Gardens Ten Year Anniversary!

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April 2, 2019 by Hope Gardens

My little company was founded in April 2009! Ten years has FLOWN by. We are celebrating in lots of ways …
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You’re invited! To our Hope Gardens Spring Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshops & Plant Sales. Sign up today!

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March 6, 2019 by Hope Gardens


Save the Monarchs…in your own backyard.

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January 15, 2019 by Hope Gardens

Last year my husband and I started making a concerted effort to protect Monarch butterflies in our backyard. We would …
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Hope Gardens Seed Starting Guide

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September 30, 2017 by Hope Gardens

Hope Gardens Seed Starting Guide   Notes: Sunflowers are sensitive to root disturbance so be careful when transplanting. Swiss Chard …
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Before & After Landscaping Photos: Jason & Sarah

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August 1, 2017 by Hope Gardens

My lovely friends Jason and Sarah, LA’s best pet trainers at Connected Canine, were such an inspiration. Check out their …
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Spring In!

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June 29, 2017 by Hope Gardens

Here is Hope Gardens Spring/Summer Organic Vegetable Planting Guide. All the how-to’s and how-not-to’s. Spring In: Guide to Installing Your …
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How to Grow Blueberries

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July 5, 2016 by Hope Gardens

“Blue skies smilin’ at me Nothin’ but blue skies do I see Bluebirds singin’ a song Nothin’ but blue skies …
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A MONTH OF WINTER VEGGIES: BROCCOLI (and the real star: their LEAVES)

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December 30, 2014 by Hope Gardens

When you have limited space in your home vegetable garden, you have to make tough choices about what to grow. …
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Raised Bed Veggie Gardens

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September 9, 2014 by Hope Gardens

Gallery of beautiful raised beds and protective hutches. We use redwood as it is natural and pest and rot-resistant. Cedar …
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Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

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May 4, 2014 by Hope Gardens

Hope Gardens promotes a more environmentally-conscious approach to landscaping. Fortunately, this can still mean a colorful garden, full of contrast …
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A MONTH OF WINTER VEGGIES: BEETS (and the blog-bombing PEA SHOOT)

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January 10, 2014 by Hope Gardens

I love you guys. I mean it. Cause I don’t even like beets. But YOU do. And beets are easy …
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A MONTH OF WINTER VEGGIES: KOHLRABI

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January 8, 2014 by Hope Gardens

Now here’s a veggie totally suited for a WTF, CSA? blog. This veggie is sometimes called the sputnik of vegetables …
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A Month of Winter Veggies: ARUGULA

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January 6, 2014 by Hope Gardens

Welcome to the wonderful wonders of WINTER GARDENS! I am profiling my favorite winter veggies this month. I hope to …
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5 Secrets to Growing Great Carrots

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October 29, 2013 by Hope Gardens

Carrots are delicious, nutritious and fun to grow, but surprisingly challenging. These five tips will make sure your planting is …
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Cooking With Turnip Greens

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July 29, 2013 by Hope Gardens

Turnip greens can be picked gingerly while turnips are growing. You can probably get one or two harvests before allowing …
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Cooking with Radish Greens

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July 29, 2013 by Hope Gardens

Radish greens are delicious in potato soup. A very simple way to prepare radish greens is to saute them in …
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Cooking with Beet Greens

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July 29, 2013 by Hope Gardens

This simple classic (which can be made with any type of green) is great on its own as a side …
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Cooking with Mustard Greens

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July 29, 2013 by Hope Gardens

Mustard is handy in the garden as a great companion plant and when left to go to seed, the tiny …
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Cooking with Collard Greens

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July 29, 2013 by Hope Gardens

Collard greens are often associated with heavy Southern cooking which can include a lot of fattening pork and/or bacon. Here’s …
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A Dozen Homemade Organic Garden Remedies

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January 3, 2013 by Hope Gardens

Veggie gardens need special care. Vegetable plants are prone to all sorts of disease and fungus. They are highly sought …
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Your Hope Garden Guide to Juicing/Smoothie Gardens

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January 1, 2013 by Hope Gardens

Click here for your free download: Your Hope Garden Guide to Juicing/Smoothie Gardens Happy New Year! I am wanting to …
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Compost 101

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August 16, 2012 by Hope Gardens

Composting is confounding to a lot of people. Let’s see if we can clear the air and get everyone composting …
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Radish – From Seed to Plate

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August 3, 2012 by Hope Gardens

Plant, harvest and prepare radishes with this handy how-to guide. HOW TO PLANT & HARVEST Radishes are winter veggies. Plant …
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Cooking with Kale

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December 28, 2010 by Hope Gardens

Kale, like other greens, can be juiced with carrots and pureed raw in fruit smoothies…and hardly tasted by children and the green-phobic.
Here’s a great recipe for kale chips from www.food-loves-wine.com. Follow Sara on Twitter too. http://twitter.com/#!/foodloveswine.


Cooking Swiss Chard

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December 17, 2010 by Hope Gardens

To prepare Swiss Chard, after cleansing well, pull leaves away from thick stalks. Chop the stalks up and then tear the leaves in smaller pieces.


Romaine Recall Redonkulous

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November 21, 2018 by Hope Gardens

I feel compelled to address the issue of the CDC recalling all forms of romaine lettuce. This action brings up …
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Landscaping Photos: Josh & Jen

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October 3, 2018 by Hope Gardens

Working around and under palm trees can be tricky. Palm trees have fine invasive roots that choke out plants growing …
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Before & After Landscaping Photos: Hilary & Todd

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December 6, 2017 by Hope Gardens

Multiple paths and patios of DG and flagstone, surrounded by trees, drought-tolerant plants and mulch.    


Before & After Landscaping Photos: Heidi

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August 1, 2017 by Hope Gardens

Heidi was one of our many DWP cash-for-grass rebate clients. Creating seating spaces is a fantastic way of lowering ones …
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Before & After Landscaping Photos: Nicole

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August 1, 2017 by Hope Gardens

Nicole had a vision for this beautiful dry river bed for the front yard and it turned out perfect.