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Sweet Potato Greens Vs. Prostate Cancer

tumor growth in rats fed sweet potato green extract versus a control group

After publishing our “Growing Camote” video, we received a lot of questions about eating sweet potato greens and their various health benefits.     What’s The Big Deal, Just Another Green right? No……these guys are far more than just a salad topper.  I dug and little deeper into sweet potato greens (Ipomoea batatas) and found an…

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Green Deane and EatTheWeeds.com

Here’s a useful plant resource that gardeners and foragers need to bookmark. I’ve used Green Deane’s website EattheWeeds.com for a the last couple years.  He’s built an expansive database of edible plants common throughout the United States.   EatTheWeeds.com is the first site I check when identifying edible plants in the forest near our house.  Green…

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How To Plant Cassava (Yuca) From Cuttings

Girl propgating cassava, yuca

We started growing cassava, known as “yuca” in Costa Rica, when we first moved onto our property.  We buried cuttings in horrible hard clay soil and they were totally neglected.  To our surprise, they still popped up and made tasty yuca roots under the soil.  We learned through trials, that…

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The Internet of Plants and The Truth Behind Avatar

Plants and trees on Avatar communicate through electrochemical means

Did you know that beneath your feet is an information superhighway built of networked fungi that allow plants to communicate? Recent studies have revealed some amazing information about how plants communicate.  They use a sort of networked fungus called “mycorrhizae”.  The term mycorrhizae means “fungus root”.   These thin strings of fungus attach to…

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How to Build a Pallet Garden – Upcycle Project

Pallet garden design with plants and soil

Pallet gardens are a fun and efficient way to expand your garden.  If you’ve always wanted to do a raised bed but were constrained by space or cost, build a pallet garden!  They’re incredibly simple and a great way to repurpose industrial trash. Do you have a tiny or nonexistent budget, but want…

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Dervaes Family – Urban Homesteading

Devaes Urban Homesteading

Since the mid 80’s the Dervaes family has transformed their small city lot into the sustainable and self-sufficient Urban Homestead project.  On just 1/10 of an acre they supply enough vegetables for themselves as well as a local produce business.  They’ve really set the standard on what possible in an urban…

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Sweet Potato Greens – You can Eat Those?

Fit woman cutting camote tops for salad greens

Heck yeah you can eat them!  After growing and trying the sweet potato tops your first time, you’ll be wondering why camotes (sweet potatoes) and their nutritious greens are not in the market. Camotes are in the Convolvulaceae family with flowering morning glory vines. Unlike potatoes, you can also eat the leaves of…

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