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Ed Bernhardt


5 Easy and Eco Friendly Ways to Improve your Garden Soil

A growing number of concerned farmers and gardeners are changing the way we work with the soil to grow our food. We are now returning to a natural approach to return the gift of soil fertility to the land.

Epsom salts can help boost your Costa Rica garden’s fertility

HOME GARDENING: A simple spray made with magnesium-rich Epsom salts can improve production of tomato plants and other garden vegetables.

Gardening in Costa Rica: The art of seed-saving

HOME GARDEN: Ed Bernhardt makes the case that we need now more than ever to start saving our seeds

How to get Rid of Garden Pests – Naturally

HOME GARDENING: Gardening columnist Ed Bernhardt shares two newfound solutions to dry-season bugs: homemade sticky traps and insect spray.

The Secret of Costa Rica’s most delicious Chile Jar

You may be surprised to know that while chileras today might be made with store-bought white vinegar, in traditional chileras, the vinegar is made from bananas. That’s right, bananas, although it’s best to use a special banana called guineo negro, which you can find in many produce markets.

A Healthy Costa Rica New Year: Blended Green Juice

Here’s a healthy idea for the New Year: make green juices for boosting your health and vitality. Everyone can take advantage of these healthy...

A closer look at a Costa Rica New Year’s Tradition

Costa Ricans are fond of Santa Lucía flowers and have an interesting tradition of bestowing bouquets of these flowers to friends during the New Year to ensure prosperity.

Christmas in Costa Rica: Holiday gifts that will live on all year

Our Home Gardening columnist names some regional plants that can help you give green this holiday season.

Costa Rican Gardens: Living Hedges, Fences Give A Pura Vida Look

If you are buying property here in Costa Rica or already have your piece of tropical paradise, sooner or later you’ll need to attend...

Buckwheat: A Versatile Costa Rica Superfood

Gardening columnist Ed Bernhardt was surprised to find that buckwheat, a superfood popular in northern climes, grows well in Costa Rica, too.

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