Quinoa: Not only nutritious and easy to grow, but beautiful!

One of the crops that I grow in my garden that seems to surprise people the most is quinoa. Many think of it as an “exotic” food – but that does not mean it needs a tropical climate. It is actually native to the high country of the Andes, so it tends to do veryContinue reading “Quinoa: Not only nutritious and easy to grow, but beautiful!”

Advice for southern hemisphere vegetable gardeners in this time of COVID

It’s springtime in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and much of South America. COVID-19 first came to the attention of most of us here in the northern hemisphere during our springtime – and the many concerns about our food supply made it a very different planting season. In fact, those concerns are why I initiatedContinue reading “Advice for southern hemisphere vegetable gardeners in this time of COVID”

How I am preparing for possible food shortages

Even back in July, on Dave’s and my big trip to the city, I could not find fresh products from Asia such as curry leaves and kaffir limes: the grocers told me it was because of COVID. In August, Dave could no longer get the brand of gnocchi, made in Italy, that we usually getContinue reading “How I am preparing for possible food shortages”

My spice garden: Growing ginger and turmeric in pots

This post is a continuation from yesterday’s, which documented my challenges finding imported fresh spice ingredients (like curry leaves, kaffir limes and fresh turmeric) on last week’s trip to the big city. Long before COVID19 hit us, I have been experimenting with growing various exotic plant foods (those that are usually imported, like rice, quinoa,Continue reading “My spice garden: Growing ginger and turmeric in pots”

COVID19 is already disrupting global food supply chains

I am both a vegetable gardener and a writer, and I’ve been thinking of writing a how-to book about growing your own food at home for years. What has spurred me to do it now is the COVID19 pandemic: I do not have confidence in global food security. I don’t trust that the food supplyContinue reading “COVID19 is already disrupting global food supply chains”

Photo essay: Spring garden harvest, June 14, 2020

It’s actually shocking how much food you can grow in even a small garden. The trick of small-scale food production is only having a little bit of everything ready each day – rather than having a large harvest all ready at once. Here’s a little photo essay of some of the fruits and vegetables IContinue reading “Photo essay: Spring garden harvest, June 14, 2020”

How the COVID19 pandemic threatens our food security

I’ve been thinking of writing a book to share my knowledge about growing fruit and vegetables in my backyard garden for years. Well, our current pandemic – and, specifically, how COVID19 is disrupting both food production and regional and global supply chains – has both given me the incentive and created the time for meContinue reading “How the COVID19 pandemic threatens our food security”