CHANGING LANDSCAPES: How to build a raised garden bed for growing your own vegetables at home

Over the past year as the pandemic caused stay-at-home orders across the country, I found myself tinkering in the yard to update things that had been neglected or were in need of improvements. One such project was to rebuild the raised vegetable garden beds, which were in need of a refresh after years of use […]

Feed the Soil: Former news anchor Wendy Tokuda’s passion for restorative agriculture

OAKLAND, Calif. — If not for the concrete driveway leading up to her house, one might mistake Wendy Tokuda’s garden as part of the native Oakland, Calif. landscape. It’s a quiet community of coyote brush, Ceanothus, coffeeberry and flowering currants beneath stands of Redwoods and bay laurels. Monkeyflowers nod and drifts of poppies move with […]

Country Wisdom: Maya Shiroyama runs the Kitazawa Seed Company with lessons learned from rural living

Maya Shiroyama learned about growing food from an early age. When she was a very small child, her grandmother would bring her out on her parents’ new farm. To help the young couple get on their feet, Shiroyama’s grandmother played field hand and babysitter at the same time, tending the land with her grandchild strapped […]

THE Joy of Home Gardening: Community garden feeds the body and mind

When Kota Morikawa got word from the city that he was finally able to start gardening at a community garden, he had all but forgotten that he was in line to start a vegetable garden at the Willlowgate Community Garden in Mountain View, Calif. Morikawa, a former food editor for the Nichi Bei Times Japanese […]

How to make your Japanese garden drought-resistant

With California facing a historic water shortage, the Nichi Bei Weekly asked award-winning landscape architect Takeo Uesugi and his son, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona landscape architect professor Keiji Uesugi, how one can make their Japanese garden drought-resistant. Here is their reply via e-mail. Nichi Bei Weekly: Given the drought facing California, what type of Japanese […]

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