In the Garden of Deeden: Ginger Beer

A visit to any market in Amazonia reveals a rich array of locally grown fruits and vegetables including a variety of fragrant, flavorful spices.  Included will be the widely popular ginger root.  Ginger, Zingiber officinale, known locally as “jengibre” is not native to Amazonia but widely grown there for its culinary and medicinal properties.  In … Read more

In the Garden of Deeden: Composting

The Amazon rainforest is masterful at recycling plant nutrients.  It has to be. Soils in Amazonia are notoriously poor in nutrients with the vast majority within the biomass of the forest itself.  It is incumbent on the forest to vigorously recycle nutrients. Elsewhere, though, even if soils are rich in nutrients, recycling them is valuable … Read more

In the Garden of Deeden: Honey Bees Part 1

In 2008, I was in a waiting room and picked up a magazine. In it was an article about colony collapse disorder and its plight on the bee population. Given my love of gardening, it seemed natural that I would become a beekeeper. I met with a colleague’s husband who is a beekeeper, got some … Read more