Growing Ashitaba (ANGELICA KEISKEI) Longevity Herb

I received a few seeds labeled “ASHITABA” from a viewer .  That was it. No other info. So I set out trying to find more information.
Apparently this herb is native to China and can grow up to 6 feet high.
The one thing that intrigued me most about it, was the fact that it contained vitamin B12, which is rare for any plant to have.

Ashitaba  This herb, also known as tomorrow’s leaf , is hardy to 20 degrees F and is usually grown in zones 7-9.
The name “tomorrow’s leaf” comes from the fact that you can pick a leaf today, and get a new one the next.

I am really excited to grow this plant. Hopefully, I will grow it to full maturity and be able to save the seeds to share with my viewers.

(From Horizon Herbs Website):
The herb is considered effective in treating eczema and psoriasis, also disorders of the gastrointestinal system, hepatitis, cancer, anemia, chronic fatigue, etc. In-vivo tests of chalcones have shown   strong antibiotic activity against staphylococcus. 

 

Growing Blueberries in Planter Boxes

I made these 2’x2’x2′ planter boxes out of redwood. The total cost for each was about $15. They are easy to build and classy. To build the boxes go here. To see how I grow my blueberries in them, watch the video below.

New Blueberry Plants Have Arrived

So I went and did it. I ordered 4 more blueberry varieties. As if the 5 I have already weren’t enough. In this video I will explain what varieties I ordered and where I purchased them.
I guess it’s time for me to start planting now.

Billions of Seeds Everywhere

The seed catalogs are starting to come in. I just love looking through them. But the last few years have got me thinking “what a racket these guys have going”. They know we’re going to order way more than we need. But I have a better solution. In this video I explain why you should not have to spend lots of money on seeds when there are literally billion, and trillions all around us.

Transplanting Winter Tomatoes & A Ginger Update

I grow tomatoes all year long. As of this winter (2015) I am growing 4 varieties. I do not grow them directly into large pots. I transplant them in stages. One reason is, sometimes they might get a little leggy and the transplanting allows me to bury them deeper to compensate.

Another reason is that it cuts down on fertilizing. Each time I transplant, the plants take advantage of the nutrients in its new soil.

 

How To Figure The Cost of Heating Your Greenhouse

If you’re thinking it is way too expensive to grow vegetables in a greenhouse during winter, think again. I live in zone 7b and grow all year long. In this video I will explain how I figure the cost. If you live in a colder climate of course your cost may be higher. But I believe, in my opinion, it’s well worth it.

Planting Store Bought Ginger

The easiest way to grow ginger, is to get yourself a rhizome from the store, let it sit a couple of months until sprout appear. Pop it into some soil. Keep it moist, warm and out of direct sunlight. Within a couple of weeks, the spouts should appear.

Don’t let your plants get below 50 degrees.
Also, don’t let them dry out too much.
Ginger can be grown indoors where the winters are harsh, or outdoors in sub-tropical to tropical climates.