Recipes, when in Okinawa

When in Okinawa, Try Purple Food

You'll  never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try. Dolly  Parton Most people who have come to Okinawa probably know about the Purple Sweet Potato (Beni-imo) that grows prolifically here. (See article: http://www.downtoearth.org/health/nutrition/okinawan-sweet-potato-purple-powerhouse-nutrition for more information) I have noticed the dominance of the color purple with every visit I make to local food… Continue reading When in Okinawa, Try Purple Food

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gardening, gardening and inspiration

Don’t Blame Your Beige Thumb!

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. -C.S. LewisWhen I talk to others about gardening I normally get one of two responses. The first is one of enthusiasm: "Oh I like gardening too. Right now I am growing (insert plant name here)." The other response is, "I just don't have a green thumb."… Continue reading Don’t Blame Your Beige Thumb!

Garden Crafts, gardening

UpCycling for the Kitchen Garden

Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned.  Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich.  Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy.  Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.  At least, you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences. -Benjamin Franklin Some people… Continue reading UpCycling for the Kitchen Garden

Garden Pests, gardening

Odorous, in a Good Way

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. -Walt Whitman I have been having a problem with mosquitoes congregating near my front door and was looking for ways to deter them. Plus, I wanted a plant in my entry way to make it more welcoming. Finally, the solution came to… Continue reading Odorous, in a Good Way

gardening and inspiration

Sweet Shy Flowers Are a Treat

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly. -William Wordsworth Some of nature's daintiest flowers produce the most delicious and beneficial foods. Other flowers which are simply pretty to look at, provide pollen so that other flowers, fruits, and vegetables can be more plentiful. Some simple flowers act as great defenders, assistants, hostesses,… Continue reading Sweet Shy Flowers Are a Treat

Garden Pests, gardening, gardening and inspiration

Friend or Foe? Stay off the Poblano!

Heat  not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself. -William Shakespeare Yesterday, in the Garden I finally decided to transplant my Poblano Seedlings into the grow box. I waited a long time to plant them due to my looming fears that the tiny tender seedlings would be devoured in one night by a slug,… Continue reading Friend or Foe? Stay off the Poblano!