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Grow Chaya for Years of Free Greens

October 18, 2014

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Chances are you’ve never heard of chaya. Heck, I hadn’t heard about it until just a few years ago – and I’m a plant geek. Now that I have it, however, I’d never go without it again. This is a must-grow vegetable for anyone in USDA Zone 8 and south. Further north it’s probably still […]

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Growing Your Own Herbal Tea

October 8, 2014

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Last year my wife and I shared the magical experience of visiting an organic cocoa farm in the Caribbean. We tried bananas we’d never seen before… ate coffee cherries right off the bushes… tasted fruits we didn’t know existed… all while marveling at the incredible productivity possible in a year-round warm climate with great soil. […]

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The Muscadine Makes Growing Grapes Easy

July 26, 2014

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Prelude A manĀ and his wife walked up to my plant display at the local farmer’s market. “What’s that plant?” he asked. “That’s a chaya,” I replied. “Also known as Mexican tree spinach. A really easy perennial green for this area.” He nodded. “And what about that?” “That’s a Japanese persimmon… the fruit tastes like honey […]

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1 Extremely Poisonous Plant You Should Grow (Along With 5 Others You Might Not Think About!)

July 10, 2014

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Over the three years I’ve been actively planting and creating my food forest, I’ve mainly focused on three things: food, food and food. Of course, that’s not really the best way to plan out a food forest. If you’re doing it properly, your focus at the onset should really be on nitrogen-fixers and chop-n-drop plants […]

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Grow Your Own Soapmaking Materials

June 27, 2014

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My wife has been making our soap for over a year. Once you start using homemade, chemical-free, natural soap… it’s hard to go back to the factory-produced stuff. The only thing I really miss is Sodium laureth sulfate. Just kidding. I’ve spent a decent amount of time considering the options in case of a collapse. […]

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Forget Growing Your Own Greens: Forage For Wild Greens Instead

June 22, 2014

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At this time of year in my climate, my lettuces and mustards are long-gone. Spinach is of the past. The rockets have lifted off and my kales have gone to seed. We’ve had a very hot spring. A few months ago, my salad garden looked like this: Now it looks like this: Well, not quite […]

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