A-maize-ing

Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn — HHMI BioInteractive Video I know, corny title. It’s the greatest transformation story of the vegetable world. About 9000 years ago farmers in southern Mexico started manipulating a grass called teosinthe. Today, the world runs on it. One of the leading food crops in the world, a source […]

Psyllids: The invasion of the tomato snatchers

Well, it’s official. Out of the mouth of Kapiti’s Green Gardener last week, “Well, if you don’t have psyllids, you are the only person in Kapiti that I’ve heard of.” And she’s right. I wasn’t looking close enough. Actually, because I was hoping it wasn’t true. But here they are SandRa over at Stoneyground Herbs […]

Magenta spreen: A superhero green

The most useful green you’ve ever seen: meet Magenta spreen (aka tree spinach, lambs quarters, goosefoot). The more you get to know it, the more you will adore it. Possessing extraordinary talents, our hero seems dedicated to protecting the clever gardener from boring, poor-quality vegetables. You will be instantly attracted by it’s gorgeousness, wowed by […]

Bessara – A Diamond of a Broad Bean Dip

Yes, it may seem that I am a little broad bean obsessed lately. But I do have a broad bean plantation growing in my backyard. I thought it was high-time I address the question – just what do you do with all those broad beans? Well let me introduce you to my Egyptian friend Bessara. […]