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Not a gardener? No space? Try this simple at-home salad bar
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Not a gardener? No space? Try this simple at-home salad bar

Ed Bernhardt - July 4, 2015

See also: The secret of the world's most delicious chile jar Do you live in a small home or apartment and feel you don’t have space to…

The secret of the world’s most delicious chile jar
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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The secret of the world’s most delicious chile jar

Ed Bernhardt - April 18, 2015

Many folks these days are returning to the use of fermented foods for improved health. Fermented food provide us with beneficial microbes and an array of nutrients…

Hibiscus: a useful ornamental beauty
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Hibiscus: a useful ornamental beauty

Ed Bernhardt - March 21, 2015

Visitors to Costa Rica at this time of the year are bound to see several of our hibiscus ornamentals with their exquisite flowers. These ornamental plants are…

Aloe vera: Doc in a pot
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Aloe vera: Doc in a pot

Ed Bernhardt - February 14, 2015

See also: Versatile superfood thrives in tropical climate I can’t imagine living in the tropics without my friends the aloe plants. They have helped us so many…

A closer look at a New Year’s tradition
Health
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Health
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A closer look at a New Year’s tradition

Ed Bernhardt - January 1, 2015

Wildflower fans love collecting Santa Lucía (Ageratum spp.) for the home and garden, while visitors to Costa Rica also delight in their pastel-blue flowers, which carpet many pastures around the…

How to plant and care for a classic holiday gift: the poinsettia
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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How to plant and care for a classic holiday gift: the poinsettia

Ed Bernhardt - December 20, 2014

Recommended: Squash that tastes like canteloupe? Welcome to the tropics Most of us are familiar with poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima). If you look closely, you can see…

Squash that tastes like cantaloupe? Welcome to the tropics
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Squash that tastes like cantaloupe? Welcome to the tropics

Ed Bernhardt - November 29, 2014

We’ve been enjoying a harvest of one of our favorite novelty squashes of the tropics. Known as musk cucumber in English, its common name here is  Cohombro…

How to grow your own pejibayes (and make the ultimate rainy-season soup)
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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How to grow your own pejibayes (and make the ultimate rainy-season soup)

Ed Bernhardt - October 25, 2014

Visitors to Costa Rica during the rainy season will come across the pejibaye harvest in local markets.  This unusual fruit comes from a tropical palm, often called…

Top tips for avoiding snake bites in the garden
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Top tips for avoiding snake bites in the garden

Ed Bernhardt - October 11, 2014

Just the mention of snakes makes most of us squirm with a bit of fear, and seeing one face-to-face can push the panic button. This country has…

Seven easy, natural pest-control recipes to debug your rainy season
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Seven easy, natural pest-control recipes to debug your rainy season

Ed Bernhardt - August 30, 2014

As the tropical rains increase in the last quarter of the year, so do the bugs - and for the gardener, that can spell trouble.  Most gardeners these…

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