All posts tagged 'gardening'

Homesteading Goals 2018

Posted on December 28th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

Last year around this time, I broke my rule of ‘don’t tell people your goals’ and published a blog post about three things I was hoping to accomplish around our little homestead through the year. I thought that this might be an interesting time to take stock of the situation:..
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Food Obsessed Homesteading

Posted on March 12th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

It is impossible to homestead in any way without becoming kind of obsessive about food. Though I have always been a self-proclaimed nutrition-geek and chef, my day now revolves around food as never before. First thing in the morning, before I even put on the coffee (now that’s love!) there..
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Homesteading in Costa Rica, 2017

Posted on January 6th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Permaculture

2017 Homesteading Goals Normally, I subscribe to the ‘don’t tell people your goals’ school of thought. Due to my introverted nature, I prefer to work quietly behind the scenes and then appear magically with finished projects no-one saw coming. But this whole homesteading/self-sufficiency thing is new to me and I..
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Wandering Herbalist: Costa Rica Fruits

Posted on September 7th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Vitamins Minerals and Herbs (oh my!)

I have a confession to make that usually puzzles my clients and students who know me to be a food “expert”: I don’t usually eat fruit. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s that, for some reason that I have never fully understood, my body just doesn’t seem to..
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Clueless Attempts at Permaculture: 6 months and Drowning

Posted on September 1st, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

Remember last time I wrote one of these and it seemed vaguely optimistic? Forget all that. We are currently in the depths of the rainy season. The good news about this is that, as it pours for hours every day, nothing needs additional watering. Here are the downsides: the soil..
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Clueless attempts at Permaculture: 3.5 months

Posted on June 10th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

The good news is: food is actually growing. The half-dozen pots of lettuce I had planted as we were getting settled are large and we are consistently pilfering leaves for salads. We’ve had our first little crop of radishes and celery, green onions and herbs are in abundance. Almost every..
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Dreaming of permaculture: our journey to Costa Rica

Posted on May 18th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings

Written for Health Action magazine It started twelve years ago during a Saskatchewan winter. Having just finished my training in herbology and sick-to-death of the cold, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to study herbs in the rainforest. It sounded like a whim and people laughed it off,..
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My clueless attempts at permaculture.

Posted on April 2nd, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food

OK, so some of you may have been reading about our renovation process and how we are going about rehabilitating the cabinas we have purchased in the jungle. Part of this whole process however is the idea that we are going to live as self-sufficiently as possible and that means..
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Why all the cool kids are growing pineapple

Posted on March 20th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food

There are pineapples growing in my garden. As a Canadian who was always struggling to get even tomatoes and peppers to grow in my short summer season, this is the height of tropical decadence. As a nutrition fiend and herbalist, there are some major health benefits to growing this fruit..
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