Sometimes it's the simple things that can change the world.

10 Simple Steps Toward Self-Reliance You Can Take TODAY

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

Tomatoes: To Prune or Not To Prune

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

Late Start Garden Options

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

Planting for Disease Resistance

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

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A Tale of Two Tomatoes

An unexpected science project happens in the garden when I plant two tomato plants in two different spots.

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Grow: Swiss Chard

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.


66 Small Changes to Make a Big Difference

Changing how we do things - even just a little bit - can make a huge impact on our environment and the sustainability of this planet.

Chloramine kills bacteria, but it's not great for gardens.

Considering Water in the Garden

For years, municipalities have been adding chlorine to water supplies to make it safe for drinking. At a recent community event I learned that our municipal water provider has switched over to something called chloramine, and other municipalities are embracing chloramine as well. The difference is this: the chlorine in water will dissipate if you leave a container of water uncovered for a few hours. Chloramine cannot be removed from water by boiling, distilling, or by standing uncovered.

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Transforming a Community with Gardens

"Growing your own food is like printing your own money."

Purslane is a great plant to keep around for chicken fodder.

Perfectly Purslane

I have to admit I felt a little silly transplanting a purslane plant from my neighbors yard into my own. You see, until recently, I had no idea that this "weed" was edible. Here's how it looked: In early spring I'd prepare my garden beds, plant seeds of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and bok choy, wait […] Read More