The One about the Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Mini Farm

It all began with then UC Berkeley students Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez found that they could grow gourmet mushrooms off of coffee grounds. After studying videos on YouTube and reading many articles, the duo started doing tests in Alejandro’s frat kitchen. While Arora and Velez were preparing for their careers, the duo would receive a $5,000 grant from the university’s chancellor before graduating. Several years later, the duo would […]

The One about the English Ivy

As  I continue to incorporate indoor house plants, as it is nature’s best filter in the home. One of the plants I brought to the home is an English Ivy. In 1989, NASA conducted a Clean Air Study and created a list of the top indoor houseplants that remove toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and tricholoroethylene from the air, and also helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome. […]

The One about Design Toscano Art Nouveau Poppy Princess Wall Pocket Planter Sculpture

As I have become familiar with Design Toscano products, with spring coming around, I have been interested in sculptures to put in our front garden and possibly another to be kept indoors. For those not familiar with Design Toscano, the company is a popular mail order company in America.  According to their profile, “Michael and Marilyn Stopka visited Paris and were awestruck by the Notre Dame Cathedral with its detailed […]

The One about My Grow Light Setup for my Plants and Vegetables

As I got my seedlings prepared and my plants are needing light as California has experienced overcast, cold weather, a lot of fog and rain, I knew that I need to get them light. Taking them out and getting acclimated to sunlight is one thing but plants need 16 hours of light, so I decided that I wanted to research lighting to grow my vegetables and plants. And get them […]

The One about My Vegetable Garden Plans for 2017

This year, California has received so much rain that it has helped alleviate our drought problem. But still, we need to practice safe watering because we are not necessarily out of the woods yet.  And that means, I will need to find other means of having a vegetable garden. For the past few years, I avoided doing any gardening because of the drought and that the type of gardening I […]

The One about Growing your Own Celery and Green Onions/Scallions

When you read things like… “Never buy celery ever again” or “Never buy green onions/scallions again”. As I tend to use these vegetable for dishes (or eat my celery with almond butter), it caught my attention. Celery As I eat celery M-F and go through a bag quite quickly, I like the idea of having a sustaining source of celery. So, as a test, I did try growing celery indoors […]

The One about Mari’s Rooftop Garden in Japan

While I was in Saitama, Japan to visit friends, I had the opportunity to see Mari’s rooftop garden. As a person who has had his own garden and would grow organic vegetables, seeing Mari’s rooftop garden made me want to restart this green venture for 2017. One thing that I noticed is her many aloe vera plants.  I am not entirely sure if aloe vera in Japan is any different […]