Growing Longevity Spinach—Gynura Procumbens—a Medicinal Protein Vegetable

We’re really enjoying our longevity spinach! Related to but not the same as “Okinawa spinach”, longevity spinach (scientific name gynura procumbens, from the family Asteraceae), is a  low-growing, semi-succulent leaf vegetable very popular in Southeast Asia, its home turf. Audio Article – Growing Longevity Spinach: Why is the Gynura Plant Called Longevity Spinach? Nicknamed “longevity spinach”, this amazing plant has … Read more

Fall Garden Maintenance and Tips

Garden Newsletter With three weeks of summer remaining before the fall equinox—as of this writing—we’re proceeding with the changeover to our fall/winter crops. So fall garden maintenance and tips is the theme for today. Season transitions always have their challenges because you can still have temperature swings that leave crops vulnerable. In our zone 7a, … Read more

A Desk Garden for Office Plants and Indoor Gardening

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Desk Gardens and Indoor Garden Trends   It’s inspiring and gratifying to see so many creative ideas and a burgeoning market of new products that help people garden, even when they don’t have space. Today there are all kinds of plant towers, pyramid garden planters, vertical wall hangers, and other creative ways to grow plants and … Read more

Pyramid Planters – 3x the Food in 4 Feet of Space

Vertical Gardening for More Yield in Less Space What about a living salad bar or strawberry patch right on your deck or patio? We love the idea of plant tower gardens such as this cool pyramid planter, where you can grow up to three times the food in just four feet of space! This could … Read more

Wall Planters Maximize Growing Space Indoors and Out

  Here a garden, there a garden, everywhere a garden-garden! These days people of all generations, especially millennials and urbanites—as the fastest growing segment—are into growing their own food. We hear from folks regularly, who are interested in beginning gardening, who’ve just gotten started, or who are long-time gardeners. Most are steadily increasing their garden … Read more

Regrow Leeks and Lettuce Indoors in Days

Grow Fresh Greens Year Round It’s wonderful that you can easily regrow lettuce and have fresh greens in 5 days… and keep it going! For a steady supply of fresh salad greens year round, consider growing vegetables such as lettuce, leeks and celery from the root stems, along with trays of microgreens and sprouts. You can … Read more

Garden Projects for 55 Gallon Barrel Drums

Upcycle 55 Gallon Drums for Raised Bed Gardens and EarthBoxes Got drums? They can be great for raised bed gardens, earth boxes, rain barrels and aquaponics. If you happen to have old storage drums around, this is an idea for you. If you don’t, there are sources for new, recycled and refurbished drums. Editor’s Note: … Read more