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
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
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Learning to cook. If we outsource the job of cooking and preparing food for our families, we give over control of what we eat. I'm not talking about your much-loved girls' night out or the special occasion restaurant dinners that you love. I'm talking about day in, day out feeding your family. If you know […] Read More
First, let's be clear. We're all busy. If you don't have time to add "prune tomatoes" to your to-do list, carry on. It's not a mandatory chore for growing tomatoes. That said, I do prune my tomatoes. Here's why: Pruning out excess foliage allows for better air circulation, helping to prevent disease. (I live in […] Read More
Maybe Spring passed you by in a whirlwind and you find yourself gazing at a garden space that's bereft of an actual garden. Or perhaps you had an unsuccessful start due to poor weather or spotty germination. Don't give up now - there's still time to plant! Plenty of crops mature quickly, giving you a […] Read More
Turns out, powdery mildew is a real problem for Hawaii gardeners - not just a random issue, but a guaranteed-to-happen-every-single-year disease. I've been fighting back by spraying my plants with a milk spray (1 part milk, 9 parts water) and it seems to help, but I feel a little like the fabled boy who put […] Read More
An unexpected science project happens in the garden when I plant two tomato plants in two different spots.
Even apartment dwellers can grow a pot of chard and the beauty of a pot of chard is that it will provide food for months.
Changing how we do things - even just a little bit - can make a huge impact on our environment and the sustainability of this planet.