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Learn to grow and cook the low-maintenance pigeon pea in Costa Rica

During the dry season in Costa Rica, when the vegetation turns brown and the soil hardens, it’s difficult to grow any crops. But there...

A Gardener’s Guide to the Costa Rican Rainy Season

The rainy season is the perfect time to start, or rejuvenate, your tropical garden. Ed Bernhardt shows you how.

A Handy Herb for any Costa Rican Garden

This hardy, wild plant requires average soil and has no major pest problem. Keep in mind that chanca piedras isn’t a magic bullet, but serves as an aid in the treatment.

Planting and Growing Hydrangeas: From Blue to Pink their Color Changes with the Soil

Costa Rican gardeners who live in the cooler regions of the country can enjoy planting hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla). Known as Hortencia in Spanish, Hydrangea is...

Canistel in Costa Rica: A Tropical Fruit Collectible

Here's a rare tropical fruit that rates high on the collection list of home gardeners. Canistel, yellow sapote, eggfruit or zapote amarillo are just...

Sapodilla is a Chewing Gum Tree with Juicy Fruit

HOME GARDENING: Called chicle zapote in Spanish, the sapodilla makes an elegant tree for the home garden and produces delicious fruits.

Gardening in your Costa Rica Apartment with a Salad Bar Stand

Small urban gardens can be very productive and growing some of your own food is a great way to take charge of your health.

20 New Orchid Species Found in Costa Rica’s Protected Wildlife Areas

Costa Rica is home to a distinct variety of orchids. So much so that Costa Rica's national flower is the Guaria Morada orchid. ...

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.

Orchids From Costa Rica Take Center Stage at Kew Gardens Festival

They are deceptive, exotic and strange. There are more of them per square kilometer in Costa Rica than anywhere else on the planet. As...
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