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How to make a delicious chilera – and your own banana vinegar
Cooking
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Cooking
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How to make a delicious chilera – and your own banana vinegar

Ed Bernhardt - September 22, 2017

Recently there’s been a lot more interest in the benefits of natural vinegar, and for good reason.  Naturally fermented vinegars have many beneficial properties that improve and…

Move over, ginseng: here comes ashwagandha
Health
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Health
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Move over, ginseng: here comes ashwagandha

Ed Bernhardt - April 29, 2017

The tropical regions of the Americas have always been fertile ground for exotic plants from around the world. Here’s one from India that many herbalists and health…

Wormseed: a stomach-soothing parasite remedy in your tropical garden
Home Gardening
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Home Gardening
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Wormseed: a stomach-soothing parasite remedy in your tropical garden

Ed Bernhardt - March 26, 2017

[caption id="attachment_104274" align="alignright" width="296"] Ed Bernhardt / The Tico Times[/caption] It’s good to have an old friend return to my tropical garden. As most gardeners know, there’s…

Hügelkultur: tricky on the tongue, astonishing results in the garden
Home Gardening
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Home Gardening
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Hügelkultur: tricky on the tongue, astonishing results in the garden

Ed Bernhardt - March 4, 2017

One of the advantages of exhibiting our farm’s herbal products at our local organic market has been the opportunity to talk with other farmers and gardeners. It’s…

Moringa: small leaves with big nutrition
Home Gardening
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Home Gardening
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Moringa: small leaves with big nutrition

Ed Bernhardt - February 3, 2017

Here’s a wonderful addition to the tropical home garden. I’m referring to Moringa (Moringa oleifera ), which is a native tree of Southern Asia, but is now found…

Diatoms: a pest-control ally from prehistoric times
Health
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Health
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Diatoms: a pest-control ally from prehistoric times

Ed Bernhardt - November 19, 2016

Here's a term that will soon become a household word: I'm talking about diatoms. Many gardeners are familiar with D.E., or diatomaceous earth, because it can be…

Costa Rican plants for aches and pains
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rican plants for aches and pains

Ed Bernhardt - October 22, 2016

We all have those days when little aches and pains flare up beyond the comfort zone.  If you’re tired of taking expensive pills and rubbing on synthetic…

How sweet it is: plants that may support diabetes treatment
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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How sweet it is: plants that may support diabetes treatment

Ed Bernhardt - October 1, 2016

Some years ago, I started meeting neighbors who were very excited about a new medicinal plant that was big news en el barrio. They called it insulina, or…

Seed festival is a gardener’s dream come true
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Seed festival is a gardener’s dream come true

Ed Bernhardt - September 17, 2016

The tiny village of Tinamastes, near Dominical, recently hosted a unique festival of huge impact for our region. It was the second annual seed exchange festival, which…

Meet your garden’s new best friend: baking soda
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Meet your garden’s new best friend: baking soda

Ed Bernhardt - July 30, 2016

I always enjoy finding simple, inexpensive and effective solutions to the bug and plant issues in my garden. Some of the best can come right from the…