• Growing Nasturtiums: Champion of the Edible Flowers

    I first met nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) growing wildly in an abandoned park. They had no water and no love but their lily-pad leaves blanketed the ground and their vibrant flowers popped in reds and yellows. There is a saying that goes, “be nasty to nasturtiums.” Now, nasturtiums are my favorite edible flower. They are easy to […]

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  • What to Grow in Your Winter Garden

    Winter can be more than dormancy and mid-term elections. There are plenty of crops that can be grown throughout the winter and they include some of the most nutrient dense ones; kale, bok choi and spinach. If you live in a climate with mild winters your winter garden can be overflowing with: Brassicas Greens Roots […]

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  • Kale, it’s Still Cool: How to Grow Kale

    Kale was not always cool. It used to be a garnish used to dress up the food in mediocre restaurants. My friend would take it home to feed to his bearded dragon. Then, suddenly, people started wearing shirts with the word, KALE emblazoned across them as if it were the Ivy League University they were […]

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  • Squash Sex: How to Pollinate Squash

    Recently, I started an urban garden that bees seem to be avoiding like it’s a honey bear. This could be for several reasons but, I am guessing it is because the land has been mostly barren for several years. Because they have not had a food source, bees have not established themselves in the area.   […]

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    Corn Sex: How to Pollinate Corn

    When it comes to corn sex, the backyard gardener needs to lend a hand. Unlike many plants that are pollinated by insects, corn is pollinated by the wind. First, the male part of the plant, “tassels,” emerge from the top of the corn stalk.   The female parts, or silks, emerge lower on the corn […]

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  • Grow Your Own Medicine: Growing Aloe Vera

    Sunburns and sticky stinky aloe vera always meant summer to me. For this post, I am going to send you to a guest article I wrote for the Big Blog of Gardening. Aloe Vera: Growing, Propagation, Medical Uses Aloe Vera is one of my favorite medicinal plants and extremely easy to grow. Enjoy.

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  • Finding Chilis in Mexico City’s Mercado La Merced

    Finding chili peppers in Mexico City’s largest market was not as easy as I thought. The subway exits right into the sprawling Mercado La Merced. But, instead of stepping into the wealth of tropical fruits and rare peppers I came for, I walked into a city of towering stalls of DVDs (mostly featuring whatever latest […]

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  • Gardening With Nature: How to Grow a Cover Crop

    Plants greedily soak up soil nutrients, leaving the soil weak and malnourished, that is how we tend to view it. But, look at a natural ecosystem. There are plants that mine nutrients from deep down and bring them to the surface, plants that fix nitrogen, pioneer plants that pave the way for others and a […]

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    Compost: The Quick and Dirty Way

    Compost happens. It doesn’t require a designer bin or an esoteric method. For food to break down you do not need to employ any special algorithms or store-bought “starters.” Compost is decomposition and decomposition is everywhere. The banana peel you threw into the rose bush, the leaves on the forest floor that no one takes […]

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