Tag Archive: Gardening

Sep 27 2016

Gardening in Costa Rica With Steve – Growing Garlic

Do you like garlic? Are you crazy about garlic? If the answer is yes, then you owe it to yourself to grow your own. This is because fresh garlic out of your garden is ten times better than what you find in the store. Once you’ve eaten your own homegrown garlic you can never go …

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Mar 20 2016

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve: Gardening in the Wind

I’d never gardened in a windy place before I came to Costa Rica. Our property is situated in the mountains, on top of a ridge, and from December through March the Trade Winds hit that ridge at a right angle. There were no windbreaks when we got here (and not even any trees) and I …

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Mar 16 2016

In the Mailbag – Gardening and Kudos All Around

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. Andrea writes us about Steve Johnson’s article on Gardening for Wildlife: Hello Paul and Gloria! Thank you for your blog. I try to read it most months. It has a great deal of useful information …

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Feb 07 2016

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve – Q & A

Good morning, I wanted to ask you a question regarding gardening in Costa Rica. We plan on moving to CR very soon and I have been looking at all of the expat blogs and any other information we can get our hands on, but keep coming across the fact that there are limited varieties of …

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Feb 07 2016

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve – Gardening for Wildlife

When we began gardening many years ago, we also started feeding wild birds at about the same time. It wasn’t long before we realized the two activities were interconnected. We observed the birds’ habits, learned what things were beneficial for them and began modifying our garden accordingly. Later we became attuned to other types of …

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Nov 16 2015

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve: Heliconias

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve: Heliconias — Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing! I would argue that heliconias are the quintessential flower of the neotropics. When tourists see their first one, especially the hanging lobster claw, they go bonkers. A more accurate title for this article would be “A Little Bit About Heliconias” …

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Oct 06 2015

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve – What to Grow in Peak Rainy Season

People used to ask me why I was moving to Costa Rica. My answer was always: “to garden.” “Well,” someone once said, “you can garden here, and you can garden in a lot of places, why Costa Rica?” I thought about it and answered, “Because in Costa Rica I can garden twelve months out of …

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Jul 27 2015

In the Mailbag – A Costa Rica Gardening Question

Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. A reader has a question for our Costa Rica gardening expert, Steve Johnson: Steve, Hi there, I found your excellent blog on gardening here, and we have pretty much the exact same issues with soil in Atenas. I’ve been trying to find top soil by the yard or truckload, but no …

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Jul 26 2015

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve – Growing Tomatoes: Tips and Tricks

Although tomatoes are a favorite among gardeners, they can be tricky to grow, especially if you’re averse to using pesticides. You can be pretty sure the ones you see in the supermarket have been doused in toxic substances multiple times during their short lifetime. But hey, one of the pleasures of home gardening is to have …

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May 28 2015

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve: Learn How to Grow Lettuce (Lechuga)

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve – Learn How to Grow Lettuce by Steve Johnson Over the years I’ve met a lot of people who tried gardening and gave up. They made classic mistakes, like: Not enough sun Poor soil No fence to keep out animals Didn’t pay attention to bugs until it was too …

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