Winged bean: All parts of the plant are edible, leaves, flowers, pods, tubers

The winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), also known as the Goa bean, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, Manila bean, and dragon bean, is a tropical legume plant native to New Guinea.

It grows abundantly in the hot, humid equatorial countries. Winged bean is nutrient-rich, and all parts of the plant are edible. Leaves can be eaten like spinach, flowers can be used in salads, tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds can be used in similar ways as the soybean. The winged bean is an underutilised species but has the potential to become a major multi-use food crop in the tropics.

This plant is amazing in that it is so useful. All parts of the plant are edible, the tuber, leaves, flowers, immature pods, and the mature beans. The plant is also very nutrient rich. Winged bean is often called "the one plant supermarket". Winged bean is a perennial, although it can be grown as an annual. Flowers are large and blue.

Eat the immature pods raw or cooked as a crunchy vegetable. They taste similar to asparagus. Cook the beans for 2-3 hours before consuming as you would any other bean. Or roast them
as you would peanuts.

The tuberous root can be eaten raw or cooked. The taste is like potatoes. Tubers can also be ground to make a flour or coffee like drink.

Leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked as spinach.

To germinate, soak seeds overnight before planting. Germination is in 5-7 days. Growth is very fast, with the flowers appearing as early as 40 days after sowing. Pods can be harvested
in less than 2 weeks, with fully mature seed bearing pods ready in about 6 weeks.


Amaranth grown for edible leaves: Chinese Multicolor Spinach


Chinese Multicolor spinach is really a member of the amaranth family. Among western gardeners, amaranth is known for its grain-like seeds. But in Asia, this heat-tolerant green is eaten like spinach.

A heat and drought tolerant green in spectacular splashes of color: Leaf amaranth is popular in Asia, eaten raw, stir fried or steamed. This is by far the most tender and sweet amaranth for edible greens- making for vibrant and delicious salads. The young leaves make a perfect spinach substitute, intricately colored leaves are juicy and succulent. The go to green for mid summer when all others have bolted, harvested in just 30-40 days from sowing.


Regenerative Permaculture Neighborhood in Costa Rica

Regenerative Permaculture Neighborhood in Costa Rica

From Pete Kanaris GreenDreamsFL: "Visiting this brand new eco neighborhood feels like one long relaxing exhalation. Nestled in the highlands of Plantanillo, Costa Rica, this small but mighty upcoming community is a fantastic demonstration as to what is possible for future communities all over the globe.

Brendon McKeon & his projects, including Eco Oasis and are the mastermind behind Natural Living Designs, a permaculture development design & build firm. If you have questions, or would like to be in contact with Brendon, you can send an email to him at:

If you missed our previous videos with Brendon McKeon, you can use the links here to watch:
Eco Developer Creates 40 Acre Permaculture Farm in Costa Rica -
Permaculture Planet with Brendon McKeon: 6-Acre Food Forest & Homestead -
Amazing Homestead Tour w/ Brenden McKeon Christian Vargas -

To see our full playlist for this trip, Costa Rica Permaculture Farm Tour 2.0 -
To see the full Costa Rica Permaculture Farm Tour Series, including our last tour -"

St. John's Wort and Depression

St. John's Wort and Depression: In Depth:

Grumpy Gardener Medicine Show, St John's Wort: Bill Merill from Hawaii discusses Hupericum perforatum:

"Food gardening is the most intelligent adult endeavor on earth and ought to be understood by anyone who eats. You eat healthier, fresher, tastier food, enjoy gentle exercise, and make new friends." Source:

What to grow year-round in South Florida

Here are some vegetables that do amazingly well even in the blazing heat and humidity of the tropical summer in South Florida: Malabar SpinachMoringa TreeOkinawa SpinachChaya Tree Spinach, ChardOkra, Katuk, Cranberry hibiscus, Eggplant.

A list of some South Florida edibles: Acerola (Barbados) and Surinam cherry, Avocado, Banana, Carambola (star fruit), Cecropia, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coconut, Coffee, Grapes - muscadine, Guava, Hog plum, Jackfruit, June plum, Katuk, Lychee, Malay apple, Mango, Moringa, Nutmeg, Papaya, Passionfruit, Plantain, Purple mombin, Rambutan, Soursop, Star apple, Sugar apple, Tamarind, Wax apple.

Try sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) outdoors and Kratky off-the-grid hydroponics outdoors or indoors.

3 vegetable growing systems based on living arrangement (click on the link for a larger image).

"How to grow" guides for specific vegetables

How to Grow Tomatoes

How to Grow Peppers

How to Grow Cucumbers in Containers

How to Grow Lettuce

How to Grow Collard Greens (Collards)

How to Grow Radishes

How to Grow Garlic

How to Grow Cilantro

How to Grow Swiss Chard


Organic fertilizers to use in your home garden

Raised Garden Bed from Costco

Raised Garden Bed: What soil to select?

Grow Box - Sub-irrigated planter (SIP) by Garden Patch vs. EarthBox - sub-irrigated planter, garden container for vegetables

How to repel animals from your vegetable garden? Use pepper/garlic spray

Portable walk-in greenhouse


Container Gardening - Growing Your Greens - YouTube

A Crop-by-Crop Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Fruits - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

The Cooperative Extension Search engines searches a good number of university agricultural extension websites:

How to Grow - Bonnie Plants

Advice / Royal Horticultural Society

Useful Gardening Websites and Resources

What Vegetables Should I Grow in My Garden?

Square Foot Gardening

Pots2Plots - How to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and edible flowers

Good Plants for South Florida | The Survival Gardener

How to control the pickle worm in warm climates

Pickle Worm Control - "Bill covers all the possible means of control this terrible pest. All means are organic, some are no spray techniques."

Bill mentions a 3/4 inch net as suggested by University of Hawaii.