Posted on Jun 7 2011 - 2:34am by Mike Lieberman
#25

When you read information on seed packets and other garden related materials, you might come across the term “true leaves.” If you are anything like me, you might be wondering what they hell that means and if there are fake leaves. When seedlings sprout, often there are two-sets of leaves that form first. They look almost four-leaf clover like. A few days...

People (haters) often bust my balls about how ugly my balcony garden is. They say that it’s beaten up and used 5-gallon containers and not very pretty. I’ve decided to take the challenge of the haters and decorate my self-watering containers. One of my containers was decorated by my girlfriend, Anita, who did a much better job than I could ever do. Since I’m not nearly that artistic I got some inspiration from Life on the Balcony. Her finished containers are more stylish than mine, but I’m working on it. This would...

Here’s what you’ll need: 1 lemon Handful of dill Handful of cilantro Handful of parsley Handful of basil Tablespoon of olive oil Few slices of onion Half handful of nuts or seeds of your choice (I used sunflower seeds) Clove of garlic How to make: Squeeze lemon into blender or food processor Add rest of the ingredients Splash in some water to get it movin Blend up until nice and smooth adding more water as necessary. Recent recipes Make watermelon smoothies, like a boss! Spinach & Eggs Breakfast in a Muffin Pan...

When people ask why they should grow their own food, I don’t break out all kinds of reports and studies that tell how it’s better for you and the environment. I break it down even simpler and tell them it’s because we are human. It’s what we do. It’s not until the last 100 or so years that we’ve stopped growing our own and put that responsibility in the hands of others. Think about it. Humans have grown their own food for hundreds and thousands of years. Civilizations and societies were built around...

So last week I mentioned that a building inspector from the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) came to inspect our building and said that the balcony garden was against code. He was vague and didn’t cite a code at the time, but said fire code. The local fire department didn’t seem to think so though. A week later, there was a memo from LAHD posted...

Here’s what you’ll need: Bok choy Mustard greens 2-3 Carrots 2-3 broccoli florets How to make: Cut up bok choy, mustard greens, carrots and broccoli florets and layer in your steamer. Steam for 10-12 minutes Add to serving bowl. Top with sauce of your choice or with olive oil, lemon and sea salt. ...

We all know that food is wasted in our country, but there was a post on Planet Green “1/3 of Global Food Production Goes to Waste” written by Sara Novak that caught my eye. Think about that. Over 30% of the food in this country that is grown for human consumption is wasted. To me that shows a lack of appreciation for food. It’s not too much of a...

When I had my fire escape garden in NYC, I knew that it was technically against the fire code (but J-walking is illegal too and no one ever gets busted). Now that I’ve been in LA for over a year, I’ve been told that a balcony garden is against the fire code too. Last week a building inspector came by and said that it was a fire code to have anything on...

In the beginning of the year I started to partner up with some sponsors. I wanted to discuss with you whether you think that I’m still maintaining my integrity and remaining true to this site with that addition. My reasoning for starting this site in 2009 was to inspire and empower people to start growing their own food. At the current time, I’m pretty...

Here’s what you’ll need: 1 head of cauliflower 2-3 cloves of garlic 1/2 red onion 3-4 sprigs of thyme 1/2 lemon tablespoon of olive oil Dash of sea salt and black pepper How to make: Cut up cauliflower into bite sized chunks and add to bowl. Bust up cloves of garlic, mince and add to cauliflower.. Cut up red onion and add to bowl. Pull thyme leaves off and add...

There was a post on Serious Eats titled Food Trend you wish would fade away? Of the 160+ comments left, there were a handful that stood out to me. Those were left from the people who were hatin on the “organic” and “local” food trends. These comments reiterated to me how disconnected from food we have become. I’m pretty sure, but organic...

It’s been about 3-months since I planted the swiss chard seeds when I started my garden from scratch. The two containers are now bursting with some nice greenage and are ready to be harvested and picked. They could very well be left to grow larger, but I wanna eat. When taking a closer look at the container, the chard is growing clumps and doing pretty well. To...

Back in March I asked you to share you spring gardening plans and ideas. I got some great responses from people saying what they were starting to or planning to do. Katy said she was going to attempt to grow tomatoes in self-watering containers again. Twinkle69 said she (I think it’s a she) was reading up a lot and planning to get started soon. Barri and RootsandWingsCo...

Here’s what you’ll need: 2-4 carrots 2-3 cloves of garlic thumbnail size of ginger handful of cilantro lime tablespoon of olive or coconut oil (I used coconut oil) How to make: Mince up garlic and ginger and set aside. Cut carrots into small rounds. Put carrots into vegetable steamer for about 10 minutes. Add oil to a pan and heat it up. Add garilc and ginger...

One of my imaginary friends on Facebook, Michael Martz, said that he was listening to a local SoCal radio station. They were discussing how organic food wasn’t as nutritious as non-organic and that the farming practices couldn’t sustain the world. He wanted my thoughts on this. The show was titled The Non-Organic Future. I’ve heard these arguments...

The first thing you want to make sure before you plant anything in your garden is that you’re growing heirloom or non-hybrid seeds/transplants.  This is really important when it comes to saving your seeds.  With heirloom or non-hybrid varieties you’ll be able to successfully save the seeds from the plant. With hybrid seeds you won’t.   What’s...

Posted on May 9 2011 - 2:46am by Mike Lieberman
#16

People always ask me how I keep so calm and poised on camera. No one really asks me that I just couldn’t think of a better segue for this post. Due to my fantastic editing skills, I’m able to edit out nearly all of my stumbles, stammers and stutters. I thought it would be fun to compile some of them here to laugh at. Hopefully you’ll enjoy and I...

Here’s what you’ll need: 1 lemon Handful of mint leaves 2 tablespoons of minced onion 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 teaspoon of raw honey How to make: Mince up onion and put into a small jar. Cut lemon in half and squeeze over onion. Chop up mint and put in jar with lemon and onion. Set aside for a few minutes to let marinate. The longer it sits, the more flavorful...

There was a post on Nourished Kitchen titled The Fight to Label GMOs & 7 Ways You Can Avoid GMOs. The post was about fighting to have GMO (genetically modified organism) foods labeled as such. They currently aren’t. The author of the post, Jenny, writes how the food choices you make are becoming political statements and, “No longer do you choose whether...

When you are growing in containers, you need to make sure that you amend your soil because the nutrients are being washed through the container or absorbed by the plant. One way that you can amend the soil is by adding compost to it. To use the compost, you’ll want to add some to the container especially around the base of the plant. Then you’ll need to...