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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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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Radial Flow Solids Filter – Aquaponics Poop Solution

ermahgerd poop meme

If you have absolutely no idea what aquaponics is, or why we’re talking about poop here; check out our Aquaponics System In Costa Rica.  It’s a system that combines fish farming and growing plants without soil. Poop is the lifeblood of any aquaponics system.  The fish eat.  The fish poop.  Then,…

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Gardening With The Terciopelo AKA Fer-de-Lance

Garden Buddies Ok….not quite buddies, but we could call them co-workers.  The Fer-de-Lance or “Terciopelo”, is one of the most dangerous snakes south of Texas.  The name means “velvet” in Spanish and is the common name used in Costa Rica.  It’s scientific name is the “Bothrops asper”. This snake is…

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Moringa Project in Cambodia

women in Cambodia harvesting moringa

CAMA Services, in Cambodia, are teaching locals how to produce and use the nutritious Moringa Oleifera crop and become healthy self-sustaining communities.  CAMA has also established demonstration plots and registered a local moringa business.  These highly nutritious moringa trees provide a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals for families struggling…

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