Damned. Hard to believe that it’s been well over a month since I took my break. Much to your delight, I am back though and back to posting. I appreciate all the comments and feedback that were left during that time to let me know what you are liking and not liking. It will all certainly be taken into consideration. When I was gone, nobody really took care of the garden. Anita was with me for...

This is going to be my last post for a few weeks. Going to be taking some time away from the site to travel and visit friends and fam. Time to rejuvenate so I can get some new life into the site. During the time off, I will be taking a look back at the past few months and evaluating what’s been done to see what has done well. That will to help come up with new...

Cutting a watermelon has usually been a pain for me. When I was at the farmers market one day, I learned this simple way to cut them. Cut the ends off of each side. Stand the watermelon up flat and cut the rind off in a downward motion. Cut off any remaining white part. Your watermelon should now look like this. Cut it down the middle in half. Lay it down, then...

Posted on Aug 17 2011 - 2:02am by Mike Lieberman
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The latest in crazy GMO news that I read on Rodale.com is that there will soon be a genetically modified kentucky bluegrass. According to the article: The grass is still in its research-and-development stage, so it’s not available in stores yet, but experts fear the recent USDA decision to not regulate it as a noxious weed or plant pest could push it onto the...

I searched the internet for a few hours looking for how to prune a pumpkin plant. All I could find was the same mumbo jumbo gardening speak of secondary, tertiary and blah, blah, blah with no pictures or visuals of what the hell people were talking about. The reason for looking on how to do this is because my pumpkin plant is starting to get some powdery mildew and pruning your plant to allow for better circulation is supposed to help prevent that. Makes sense to me especially since I am growing them vertically in a container. Based on...

I was fortunate to have one of the great experiences of growing my own food this past weekend – the experience of sharing the harvest with others. While on my balcony garden taking care of my mint, I noticed a neighbor across the way harvesting some herbs for their meal. Since my mint container is overflowing, I shouted across the way to ask if he needed any....

Posted on Aug 11 2011 - 2:40am by Mike Lieberman
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Here’s what you’ll need: 5-6 cloves of garlic 1/4 avocado 1/2 lemon 2 tablespoons of olive oil Dash of sea salt Water to consistency How to make: Bust open all of your garlic and add it to your blender or food processor. Squeeze in your lemon and add the rest of your ingredients. Blend it up, adding tablespoon of water at a time until desired consistency is reached. Serve...

I read a story in the Guardian UK about a plant disease called aminopyralid and how it’s affecting small growers and home gardeners. Even though it’s a disease that seems to have just hit the UK, how it happened is what’s alarming to me. What is aminopyralid Here is what happened. The chemical company, Dow Chemicals, produced a hormone based herbicide,...

I’ve mentioned before that when you are gardening in containers that you’ll need to amend your soil and keep your plants well fed. As the water drains out of the containers, so do the nutrients that it needs. One other thing that your garden will benefit from is a living microbial treatment. The treatment that I am using is from one of my sponsors Thrive...

My bad for missing last week. Some personal things going on, but all good. It’s been a while since I gave an update on my balcony garden so wanted show you what I got going on and no matter where you live or how much space you (don’t) have, you can grow some of your own food. I live in Los Angeles and my balcony is 13 x 4 and east facing. This means that...

Here’s what you’ll need: Zucchini Tomato Goat cheese How to make: Slice zucchini into rounds. Slice the tomato and cut into quarters. Place on top of the zucchini. Top it with goat cheese. Place in broiler for 8-10 minutes until the cheese begins to melt. This is a great snack. ...

There was a discussion on my Facebook profile about how there is so much out of our control that we can’t truly be healthy and maintain an organic lifestyle. That got me thinking about my balcony garden and how organic it really is. My block right now is a freakin circus and a mess. My street is being dug up and repaved and on the other side there is new construction...

I am growing a miniature pumpkin variety from seed for the first time. It’s Jack Be Little Seed that I got from a sponsor of mine Botanical Interests. No, I’m growing some huge Charlie Brown type pumpkin on my balcony garden. That would be dope though. These get to be about 2-3″. It’s been about two-months or so since I first planted it (or...

When I was checking out my balcony garden, I noticed that one container looked pretty empty. After taking a closer look, I thought to myself…when did I plant aloe? Turns out it wasn’t aloe, but it was a container that used to be collard greens? Cabbage worms went to town on them and completely devoured them. By the time I noticed, it wasn’t even...

A single cucumber plant can spread out over 12 to 20 square feet when grown in traditional rows or hills. But one way to make better use of space and maximize yields is to grow cucumbers vertically – that is, to let the vines expand upward instead of outward, by supporting them on a raised structure. This is a perfect space-saving solution for anyone growing cukes in containers, raised beds, or other small plots of land (like a narrow side yard). By the way, if you’re looking for heirloom/non-gmo seeds this is where you can order...

Here’s what you’ll need: Handful of spinach 8-10 basil leaves Some parsley sprigs 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1/4 cup each of walnuts and sunflower seeds 2 cloves of garlic Dash of sea salt and black pepper Optional: 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast Optional: Get crazy and add 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese How to make: Add all ingredients to food processor. Pulse...

There was a post on The Healthy Home Economist called The Sticky Truth About Chewing Gum that got me thinking about alternatives. That’s when it hit me, I already have some growing on my balcony garden and so can you. Why you might want to consider popping that next piece of chewing gum Before I get into the alternative, I want to briefly discuss some highlights...

Your mint container is likely overflowing and ready to harvest. If not, it should be. There is a way that you can harvest it to encourage even more growth from the delicious herb. What you are going to want to do is pinch it from the top. What the hell does that mean? It means that you are going to have to find the sprig that you want and pinch it as close to the...

This is post that I was debating about writing or just letting it pass. I decided to write it because I have been so vocal about having sponsorships. I thought it was only fair. Last week, I wrote the post about Miracle-Gro being organic and how I didn’t care. In the comments of the Facebook thread, someone mentioned that one of my sponsors was selling Round-Up. If...

Posted on Jul 14 2011 - 2:29am by Mike Lieberman
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Here’s what you’ll need: Cucumber 1/4 red onion 1/2 lemon Tablespoon of olive oil Sea salt Teaspoon of raw honey Optional: Fresh or dried herbs of your choice How to make: Slice up cucumbers into thin discs. You can use a knife, food process or madnolin. Add cucumbers to your bowl. Cut up you red onion and add to bowl. Pour your olive oil and squeeze the lemon...