• Eggplant as a vegetable




    It is a nightshade class of vegetable.

    What is nightshade vegetable?

    Reference 1 – Webmed


    So why do people avoid them?

    Remember how nightshades contain small amounts of alkaloids? Alkaloids can be dangerous in large doses. In fact, there are many other plants in the nightshade family that are poisonous to humans (like, ahem, tobacco).

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  • Good Ol’ America

    April 12, 2019

    Just another typical day since November1970, I arrived on he American soil as a graduate student in San Francisco. My wife got up with a panic attack at 5 AM, regular schedule being 4 AM to be at the office in the National Guard Headquarter office by 7 AM. That also ...

  • Malabar Spinach Gardening and Recipes

    Poi (in Odia) is also known as Basella alba is usually referred to as the “spinach” equivalent of a certain country in English, even though it is not related to the true spinach (Spinacia oleracea). Examples include “Malabar spinach”, “Ceylon spinach”, “Indian spinach”, “Surinam spinach”, “Chinese spinach”, or “Vietnamese spinach”.


    Soil & Climate

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  • Home Gardner Sprinkler System

    There is a lot of family fun (age 1-100+) using an inexpensive (suits any pocket)garden sprinkler/dripper system.  We use  it for an area of 6,000+ sq. ft. lawn/garden area covering may be 400+ linear feet.

    What’s the difference between sprinkler and dripper systems?

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  • Shipping live plants

    How to prepare curry plants for shipping

    Plant sharing among families and friends (especially with large demographic changes in a short time in USA, about 20 years, which amounts to be a large population geographically dispersed and our community living culture) become an impulsive love affair. Shipping plants across the country is fairly easy ...

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    Home Gardening in Washington DC netro Area 
    S.N. Ray

    Basics Home gardening is an intoxicating hobby. What kind of garden, flower or vegetable or any mix of these, one wants to accomplish is purely a personal choice. In 1973 as an early immigrant in America we had a Poi (Also known as Malabar Spinach; Basella alba L., Green vines; Basella rubra L, Red vines) in the kitchen of our apartment in Albany, upstate New York. Our newest small backyard patch garden supplies us with a partial dish of something year around plus the comfort of our childhood