Garden

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

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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

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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

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Tea Strainer + Diatomaceous Earth = Successful Garden Hack

That little spoon-like tea strainer? Cute, but I really don't like it for making tea. (I've switched to this one.) It occurred to me the other day that it could be a very useful tool outside, though. I use diatomaceous earth as a pest deterrent in the garden, but applying it has always been a […] Read More

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Farming in Los Angeles

Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne are the folks behind the Root Simple blog. They've been "farming" their yard in Los Angeles for over a decade; this video takes us on a little spin through their small space. Of note are the passive solar dehydrator, the grey water collection, and the fact that their artichoke plants […] Read More

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Homesteading in Hawaii

Curious about how my family ended up in Hawaii and what it's like to "homestead" on a large city lot? I answered some questions for Jill over at Real Food Forager. It's an ongoing process, but no matter what, I've got a great view […] Read More

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WINNER of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!

  Thanks to everyone for entering! The winner of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed collection is: Darien Brewer Darien, please email me at Kris AT KrisBordessa DOT com with your mailing address and the name and mailing address of your favorite community garden. If I don't hear from you within 48 hours, I'll move on […] Read More

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Fired up for Fall? Step Away From the Matches!

For years we lived in a rural area that meant a longish drive on a country road to get home. In the autumn, one resident on this winding country road - a stranger to us - seemed almost to wait for leaf fall. As soon as the oak leaves started dropping, the homeowner started raking. […] Read More

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The Resilient Gardener is a Must Read!

I loved this book. Really loved it. It's chock full of information and at the same time takes readers on a wandering tour through the author's farm and garden. In The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times, Carol Deppe discusses how to create successful gardens, overcome weather-related issues, and even how to […] Read More