Vegetables and Fruit

HOW TO Grow Ginger Indoors

HOW TO Grow Ginger Indoors

It took a few weeks to pop through the soil and a couple of months for it to take off. I picked up organic root so it would have a better chance of sprouting. The soil mixture is homemade – sifted compost, worm castings, vermiculite and perlite. Learn more about all those ingredients on Home GrownFun. Container Size to grow ginger Ginger likes to run horizontally underground so if you have a... »

Malabar Spinach Recipes

All About Malabar Spinach – Grow, Eat and Craft!

Malabar spinach is a leafy green from East Asia that is gaining popularity in home gardens everywhere. Also known as acelga, bratana, ceylon spinach, Chinese spinach, Indian creeping spinach, climbing spinach and vine spinach, Malabar spinach is not technically a spinach but it acts like one with a more succulent texture. Belonging to the Basellaceae family of flowering plants, it is more related ... »

Choosing Healthy Tomato Plants

How To Buy Tomato Plants – Common Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid these mistakes when buying tomato plants this spring. Think of it like the Seven Dwarfs but with modified spelling, different names and no cottage deep in the woods. (I need to be sensitive of copyright laws.) When you head out to the nursery or garden center, skip along and sing “Whistle While You Garden, ta da da da da da daaa”! You’ll be happily taking home the Fairest T... »

Grow a Winter Garden

Winter Garden Update

OK, we’re supposed to have our crops established before the cold weather hits. Despite this best practice, my veggies are growing and we have freezing temps at night. Mostly 50’s during the day but the weather regularly goes from one extreme to the next. I covered the beds with cheap plastic. They already had cloth over them to fight frost. One huge mistake I made was to assume all bal... »

Should You Chit Potatoes

3 Reasons to Chit Potatoes – Is Chitting Necessary?

Chit Potatoes Is chitting just busy work for passionate gardeners? Honest gardening folk would NEVER waste time doing mindless chores to avoid grocery shopping, cleaning the house or paying bills. Is chitting necessary? It is NOT. So why should I prepare my spud before it hits the mud? There’s lots of talk about chitting but I want to know why it’s so fitting? You can chat while you ch... »

HOW TO GROW Amaranth

ALL ABOUT Amaranth – History, Cook It, Eat It, Grow It

At school, we call amaranth an ancient grain because it has history. People in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru grew amaranth thousands of years ago and utilized it as a staple grain, much like a oats and wheat. It may have been just as popular as corn. It’s technically not a cereal grain but it acts like one. The leaves are also edible and highly nutritious. Amaranth became part of religious Azte... »

how to make fish emulsion fertilizer

Homemade Fish Fertilizer Improves Celery at School

SCHOOL GARDEN UPDATE: We tested a simple “fish tea” solution on half of our celery starts at school and we were impressed with the results! The half that got plain water were yellowed and slow growing. The half that received fish water grew more vigorously and took on a more rich green color. We simply put a piece of dried fish in a small bucket of water and let it sit for several hour... »

white pumpkins types and uses

11 Fun Pumpkins and Winter Squash and How to Use Them

My oldest and I are on the lookout for the most interesting pumpkins and winter squash. Check these out at your local farm stand and use our tips to help you choose the best ones for carving, cooking and decoration. Also check out my other posts about stuffing pumpkin blossoms and creative recipes for pumpkin crisps, fries and roasted seeds. 1. Galeux d’Eysines CARVING: YES, but a bit more d... »

how to grow organic kohlrabi

How to Grow Kohlrabi and Solve Common Problems

TIPS FOR GROWING GREAT KOHLRABI WHAT IS THE TASTE AND TEXTURE OF KOHLRABI? It tastes like a combination of a turnip, radish and cucumber – on the mild side. The alien-looking bulb grows above the soil. You peel it and it is most tender toward the top. The leaves are edible and make great chips. We bake them at home and in the solar oven at school. There are several varieties that come in whi... »

how to grow garlic scapes

How to Grow Garlic Sprouts and Scapes

Grow your own gourmet garlic scapes year round! How to Grow Garlic Sprouts/Scapes The goal is to get sprouts or scapes – not more garlic cloves. Growing Medium: The cleanest way to sprout garlic is with a planting medium that does not contain soil. Use straight perlite or vermiculite, or a combination of both. Vermiculite absorbs water and perlite helps the material to stay airy. Perlite aid... »

Arugula recipes

10 Ways to Eat Arugula

Arugula is a versatile green. We grow lots of it in our community garden plot. It also grows well in burlap sacks and grow bags. We even plant extra to use as an edible green manure! If you’re looking for new ways to use arugula, check out these fun ideas: 1. As a pizza topping. 2. In soup. 3. In sandwiches. 4. As a substitute for basil in pesto. 5. Sauteed in olive oil and lemon juice but f... »

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How to Eat Kohlrabi | 5 Ways to Prepare Kohlrabi

Everything is doing well at our school garden including the kohlrabi. The farm stand that I visit regularly sells a bunch for $1.75 and I’m also growing two kinds in my community garden. Most of the students in our garden club have never seen kohlrabi before. It’s a weird-looking veggie. Looks complicated but it couldn’t be easier to enjoy. The key is to buy it or harvest it at t... »

kale chips

Take the Gas Out of Kale Plus Kale Chips Recipe and More

Why is it that sometimes the healthiest foods are the gassiest foods? Kale, kohlrabi, broccoli and Brussels sprouts should have warning labels – something like, “Eat too much of this and your jeans won’t fit.” or “Work up to a bowl full gradually.” or “Best not eaten on date night.”  Here are two ways we eat kale at our house to lessen its impact lat... »

Uses for straw and using straw for mulch in the garden

Difference Between Straw and Hay with Cartoons

Until recently, I thought hay and straw were the same thing. Hayrides, barn floors, over-stuffed scarecrows and cows munching on grass – that’s what I knew growing up in Maine. I went to the Scarborough Fair and checked out the 4-H animals but never payed attention to the stuff. Now I know the basics and it seems so obvious that “Hay IS for Horses”. These fun facts and imag... »

How to Grow Potatoes in Recyled Coffee Sacks

How to Grow Potatoes in Recyled Coffee Sacks

The Great Tater Experiment I tried growing potatoes in my pants, in t-shirts, pillow cases, garbage bags and my husband’s shorts! But the “spuds split our duds!” We have a fun video for you on the bag that worked the best! In Southern California, the soil is less than ideal for growing vegetables. For this reason, 90% of all my edibles are grown in raised beds or burlap sacks. Re... »

Zucchini Bread with Flax Seed and Dark Chocolate

Zucchini Bread with Flax Seed and Dark Chocolate

It’s fun to rev up traditional recipes and this one for zucchini bread gets a health boost from flax seed and other natural ingredients, plus a pleasant kick in the zuke from dark chocolate. When they were little, my daughters loved bringing zucchini to our neighbors. Now that they’re playing sports competitively and growing up fast, they eat it up before I can offer it to our friends.... »

Jack and the Borage Stalk

Jack and the Borage Stalk

Wow, this is our borage (starflower) this year. It grew so tall and full  there is enough for the kids and the bees!  Our girls feel like they are in another world poking around the borage bush. »

Swiss Chard – My Hero!

Swiss Chard – My Hero!

After years of steaming swiss chard in a big pot, we’ve found a much easier and tastier way of cooking chard – Grill It! One cup of chopped swiss chard has only 35 calories and provides more than 300% of the daily value for vitamin K. It’s a powerhouse punch of vitamins A and C and comes to your rescue with a good share of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber. Know anyone... »

grow garlic in containers

How To Grow Garlic from the Grocery Store, Farmers Market or Certified Seed

Have extra garlic from the grocery store? You can start growing your own garlic with one clove! GROCERY STORE The key is to use ORGANIC garlic because it has not been sprayed with a growth inhibitor chemical. That’s correct. Regular garlic has been treated so that it doesn’t sprout in the grocery store. If your grocery store carries organic produce look in that section for garlic. It m... »