Early Greens: Sweet Potato Leaves

I wrote a few weeks ago about starting sweet potato slips to plant in the garden. But did you know that sweet potato leaves are edible? Even if you don't plan to grow sweet potato tubers in your garden, you can get greens started in your kitchen today. To have a continuous supply of sweet […] Read More


Using Permaculture Methods to Create a Desert Oasis

Trying to garden in a dry region? Think it can't be done? Geoff Lawton will beg to differ. Using permaculture methods he and his team created a green oasis in the middle of a Jordan desert. The video above is just two minutes long, but it shows the possibilities of creating food forests even in […] Read More


Are Organics as “Clean” as You’d Like to Believe?

The fact is, a lot of the chemicals used by organic growers are safe and have been tested, at least reasonably well. But not all.

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12 Fail-Proof Food Crops for Beginners

Let's face it: Some crops are just easier to grow than others. If you're new to growing food, you might want to keep it simple and stick with options that are sure to leave you feeling successful at the end of your first official growing season. These options offer great odds and are some of […] Read More


I Want Advice From All These Experts, Especially Joel Salatin!

This post contains affiliate links.  I'm just as guilty of it as the rest of you. We get sidetracked, we get overwhelmed, and pretty soon, we've missed the window of opportunity to get those cool-season lettuces in the ground. Or we've forgotten, yet again, to water the seedlings, putting us back at square one. It […] Read More


The One Thing Your Garden Plans Might be Missing

If you're like most gardeners, you pack your growing space to full capacity: Tomatoes, lettuce, peas, beets, carrots, green beans... But no matter how many of those favored veggies you cram in, your garden might still be missing something crucial. Calories. You can gorge yourself on fresh veggies all summer long, then preserve marinara sauce, […] Read More

Growing sweet potatoes in cooler climates is possible. You just have to get a head start. Here's how.

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Here in Hawaii, sweet potatoes grow like weeds. Trimmed vines tossed aside will root and eventually fruit. The wilder areas of my yard are graced with sweet potato plants that have emerged from my compost. But even if you live in a region with a shorter growing season you can harvest sweet potatoes. They need […] Read More


Make the Most of Your Garden by Choosing Plants Wisely

Let's talk plant basics for those novice gardeners who are sitting in their cozy armchairs thumbing through seed catalogs and feeling completely overwhelmed. An annual plant grows for one season and then it's done. A perennial plant grows for more than one season. Some perennials are considered "tender perennials' and won't survive a cold winter; […] Read More

Drought isn't the idea condition for vegetable growing, but you can still succeed.

Growing Food in a Drought

As some regions (hello, California!) are looking ahead to a parched, dry summer, a lot of people might be reconsidering the idea of planting a vegetable garden at all. If you're not ready to completely throw in the towel, there are a number of tactics to consider that will still allow you to harvest fresh […] Read More


Gardening 101 With Uncle George

I spent all of last week volunteering at the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop. We've been attending for years; one of my sons started out as a student and now teaches, my other son dances hula and helps in the kitchen. One of the main functions of the program is to bring youth from […] Read More