Kris Bordessa

brown bananas

Trick: Brown Bananas

  If you've got overripe bananas but no time to whip up a batch of banana bread, stick them directly in the freezer. No need to peel them and put them in a plastic bag. When you're ready to bake, put the frozen bananas - which will have turned an ugly dark brown - on […] Read More

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What Does Organic Really Mean?

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5 ways to naturally remove slugs from your garden

Slugging it Out – Get Those Slimy Pests Out of the Garden

Slugs are a problem for many gardeners, but here in Hawaii they're an exceptional problem. Not only do they damage crops, they transmit something called rat lung disease. It's a rare* disease and one that is still being studied, but the general consensus is that accidental ingestion of tiny slugs (ick!) is bad, as is […] Read More

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Stevia: How Sweet it is

One of the plants that's thriving in my oh-so-wet-and-rainy garden this year is stevia. It's the first time I've grown it, so I'm pleased to see it do so well, but how to use it? For starters, just chewing on a fresh leaf gives a burst of sweetness that's welcome when you're trying to cut […] Read More

Kale

Harvest Abundance: Kale

While much of the nation is dealing with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, my most prolific crop at the moment is kale. As someone who doesn't love cooked greens, this is a bit of a dilemma. My chickens get the leaves that succumb to bugs, but that still leaves me with a windfall of […] Read More

New Potatoes: Harvested

Because "harvesting new potatoes" sounds so much better than "this is all we got thanks to that blasted disease that wiped out the plants," doesn't it?   […] Read More

July in the Garden

While you might think that "July" would be synonymous with "hot" or "sunshine" our summer has been sorely lacking in either of those. More than a month of near-daily rain has kept us damp and susceptible to powdery mildew, slugs, and failure to thrive. In spite of Mother Nature's lack of cooperation, we are having some […] Read More

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Good Question: The Scoop on (Dog) Poop

Over on Facebook, Tricia asked, "What do the environmentally aware do to pick up dog poo in their backyards? I've always used plastic grocery bags, but I feel guilty! I have three big dogs and no shortage of poo to clean up!" I don't have a dog, so I posed the question to dog owners. I […] Read More

Radish Leaf Salad Dressing

Creamy Radish Leaf Salad Dressing

Sure, chickens love radish leaves, but it's a shame to let the chickens have all the fun. I harvested a bunch of radishes from the garden earlier today and saved some of the greens to try this. Consensus? Pretty tasty! Creamy Radish Leaf Salad Dressing Greens from one bunch of radishes (about 1 cup) 1 […] Read More

A Sweet Chick

I've kept chickens for more than 15 years and in all that time I've never had a chicken go broody and stick with it. Until now. This little girl hatched out today, a few days later than I'd expected her. We were unsure if the eggs from our Dutch Browns were fertile (they're not so […] Read More