Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What to plant in December in the California Garden

The Southern California garden is a paradise in the month of December. Thanks to the excellent weather, December is the time to do a lot of things in your garden. Today we will look at everything you need to do in the California garden in the month of December!

The Southern California December Garden

Start seeds:
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Kale

Sow directly:
  • Radish
  • Carrots

Plant garlic and onion sets. They are available for very cheap at this time of the year!

Watch this video on the entire coverage on the California Garden in December!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Moringa Leaves & Pods Harvest Health benefits + 2 Recipes

Moringa oleifera is also called "The Miracle Tree". It is packed with a ton of nutrition and is very delicious as well.

Moringa Tree With Pods
Moringa - The Miracle Tree

Today we look at the benefits of the moringa tree and how the leaves and pods of the moringa plant can be out to good use!

Moringa Leaves:
Fresh Moringa Leaves
Fresh Moringa Leaves

Cooked Moringa leaves
Moringa Leaf Sabzi

Moringa leaves are packed with nutrients and are a complete source of protein with all essential amino acids. Did you know that plant based protein sources are better than animal protein? WHO recently declared some red meats as carcinogens so why pollute your body with those protein sources when you have easily available protein in the form of moringa! Moringa protein is an alkalizing protein,  which mimics the pH of a healthy human body. Hence it has anti-aging benefits as well.

Moringa leaves can be eaten fresh. Our video below has a delicious moringa leaf recipe with lentils which is sure to entice your taste buds.

Moringa leaves can also be dried and powdered and stored in a jar for a long time. They can be added to milk, smoothies and even water for a delicious moringa leaf drink. Its energizing and refreshing.

Moringa Pods:
Moringa Pods
Moringa Pods

Moringa or Murangakkai Kootu
Moringa Pods Kootu

Also called drumsticks moringa pods are also loaded with nutrients and taste so amazing that your will want to eat more and more. We use moringa pods to make a dish called "moringa kootu" which is super delicious!

Check out the video below to see moringa leaves and pods being harvested, as well as two delicious recipes!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Growing Blackberries In Containers - The Complete Guide

Blackberries - they're yummy, juicy and yes very easy to grow as well! By growing Blackberries in your home, you can get a fresh supply of blackberries during the fruiting season. So let's get started with growing blackberries in containers!

Blackberry Fruit

In this video guide today, we go over the steps of planting a bare rooted blackberry plant and show you how to grow it perfectly to get fresh fruits right in your backyard! Watch How to grow blackberries

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Growing delicious strawberries in your garden

Everyone loves fresh strawberries. I can assure you that fresh strawberries taste so good that once you taste some, you will never buy strawberries in a store again!
Chandler Strawberry

Growing strawberries in containers

Strawberries are also very easy to grow in your garden. In today's blog post, we will look at a strawberry variety called Chandler. This is one of the bet varieties of Strawberry you can grow in your garden. These June bearing strawberries just need some soil and compost to produce some of the most amazing strawberries.

Here is the detailed guide on how to grow strawberries

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Growing in Sand & Compost in Containers - Does it work?

We know it can get expensive to get a good mix for containers. Which is why we experiment with different types of container mixes to see which one is the best bang for your buck!

Sand, Compost, Perlite based potting mix


Cilantro Plant

Today we will look at a sand based potting mix with the following recipe:
  • 40%  play sand
  • 40% compost
  • 20% perlite
Now the perlite is optional, but highly recommended as it significantly improves drainage of the container mix. We grew several plants - radish, tomato, cilantro to determine how well it works. Check out the results in this video:

See you soon. Happy Gardening!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

How To Make Compost - The Easy Way!

For a lot of us, making compost is something we always want to do, but just like that new year's resolution, we keep postponing things that are quintessential. For the gardener, compost is like Black Gold.

finished compost

In today's episode we look at easy ways to prepare compost at home with just the basic ingredients - vegetable and fruit scraps, plant remains like leaves, stems and grass clippings.

compost bin

compost leaf mulch

We go over the composting process in detail, explaining each step so that you can make your own compost easily and provide valuable nutrition to your plants. We also list out what needs to go in your compost bin and what needs to be excluded.

Compost is almost a necessity in any form of gardening. We hope you enjoy today's post ! Happy Gardening!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Growing Radish - Japanese Minowase - The Classic Radish!

Aah...that classic radish taste! One bite into the Japanese Minowase radish will keep you wanting for more. Although radishes come in a variety of colors and flavors, the Japanese Minowase radish is one that is not only crunchy, hot and delicious, it also has a very acceptable size compared to the other radish varieties.

In today's episode we will look at how to grow the Japanese Minowase radish in raised beds. We will look at the entire life cycle from sowing the seeds to harvest. We will also see why the radish bolts. All this and more. So it back and enjoy this episode on growing the Japanese Minowase radish.

Happy Gardening!

Friday, April 17, 2015

The effect of Mycorrhizae on plants

A symbiotic relationship is a mutual association between two organisms in which they benefit each other. Such a symbiotic association with plants and fungi is a Mycorrhizal association.

Roots mycorrhizal association
How plants benefit from mychorrizae

What happens in a Mycorrhizal association is that the beneficial fungi attach to the roots of the plants to get nutrition in the form of glucose while the plant benefits by improved uptake of nutrients from the soil using these fungi.

ProMix HP makes an excellent ready to use professional growing medium containing Mychorrizae and you can see how effective it is in growing plants in this video:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why every gardener should grow sweet corn in their garden

When it comes to growing vegetables in your garden, its usually the mighty tomato that takes the first spot. Well, that's not surprising. If you have ever bitten into a tender, juicy, home grown tomato, you will know the difference between that and one bought from the supermarket!

How to grow sweet corn in your garden

And what if I told you there is another vegetable that tastes even better when harvested an eaten soon? Yes, that is the Sweet Corn. Due to the way the sugars are present in Sweet Corn, the sweet corn kernels are the most tender and sweet when harvested and slowly turn into starch, diminishing the flavor of the corn.

Corn is broadly classified into three types:
  • Sweet corn
  • Field Corn
  • Specialty Corn
To see more details on how to grow sweet corn in containers and a step--by-step fertilization schedule, check out this video: