Category Archives: Cultivation

Horticulture, hydroculture, and cultivation.

The Coffee Plants Are Flowering

The coffee plants are flowering! Most of them are mature enough to flower and fruit, but with the Southern California weather being as hot and dry as it has been this summer, I didn’t think they would.

Starting Fig Cuttings

An easy and successful method for starting figs from cuttings. One hundred percent success rate rooting Lattarula Fig cuttings in coco fiber, using this simple technique.

Sprouts, The Easy Winter Garden

Sprouts are a low maintenance way to get fresh greens and great nutrition, without losing your hard work to winter weather. By sprouting at home, you aren’t limited to the often overpriced sprout selections on store shelves

Plants For Sale, Barter, Or Trade

Plants For Sale, Barter, Or Trade. We are clearing out some garden inventory, so check out whats available and make an offer.

Seed Starting Guide Part 1

Seed Starting is our guide to successful seed germination. The article covers methods of seed preparation, seed treatment, imbibing, hormones, pre-germination of primordial roots, sowing, and the continued care of germinated seeds in ideal conditions.

Seed Starting Guide Part 2

Seed Starting is our guide to successful seed germination. The article covers methods of seed preparation, seed treatment, imbibing, hormones, pre-germination of primordial roots, sowing, and the continued care of germinated seeds in ideal conditions.

Germinate Tamarind Seeds

Tamarind seeds aren’t necessarily difficult to germinate, but without special treatment, you can wait a long time for Tamarind seeds to become imbibed and germinate.

DIY Hydroponic System with Lighting $30

Build a small sized hydroponics system with lighting for $30. Small and affordable. Makes a great indoor Herb Garden, suitable for an apartment or other small space.

Pruning and Propagation

Pruning is important for controlling overgrowth, shaping plants, improving fruit yields, and promoting new growth, but it is also great because it supplies cuttings that we can easily use to clone plants.

Heirloom Tomato Varieties

Pink Boar, Indigo Rose, Black Prince, Cherokee Purple, Rose, Dixie Gold, Blondkopfchen, Black Krim, Yellow Pear, German Green. How many do you recognize? They are all tomatoes, they are all real, they are all different colors, and they are just a few of the varieties of tomatoes you are probably missing out on.

Purslane, Verdolagas, Pigweed

You may know this little vegetable as a weed, Pigweed, Verdolagas, Purslane, Hogsweed, or even Portulaca. Whatever you want to call it, this overnight sensation went from a weed to a tasty super food, and deserves a try. Purslane is also easy to grow in almost any garden, tastes great, and offers a ton of health benefits.

Lychee Leaf Growth

Wondering how you promote new leaf growth on your Lychee? Or how you make your Lychee set fruit? Learn from our mistakes, and keep your Lychee happy and healthy.

Extreme Pot Drainage

Many gardeners struggle with plants in containers because of inadequate drainage. Plants cycle from being neglected and needing water, to being drowned by over watering. Besides suffocating a plant, over watering often leads to disease, unrecoverable wilt, leaf loss, and the eventual death of a plant.

Sterile Soil vs Living Soil

There are two major schools of thought on soil and potting mixes. Sterile and Living soils both have benefits and drawbacks.

Winter Gardens

You don’t have to wait until spring to have a healthy and productive garden. The weather in your area might actually be perfect for leafy greens, root crops, and herbs.

Kale, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Carrots, Beets, Radish, Turnips, Kohlibri, Swiss Chard, Parsely, Spinach, and various herbs all have a place in a winter garden.

If you live in a warmer climate it is possible to grow potatoes in raised planter beds. The raised beds, tote boxes, or even tires, as well as planting mediums like straw provide some insulation, and allow potatoes to thrive through cold spells.