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 Geoff McCabe

The River Palace

The River Palace

We are nearly done constructing our new accommodations for our guests at Rancho Delicioso, which we call The River Palace. We will have better photos soon when we’re done! This is just to show you what we’re working on!   It took nearly a year to build, and was designed with the idea to make […]

 Geoff McCabe

Tropical Seeds for Making Jewelry

Tropical Seeds for Making Jewelry

For 11 years I was half owner of a jewelry company called Seventh Sense, and we scoured the planet looking for exotic beads and materials of all types to make our jewelry. Although I’ve left that business far behind, I still love the idea of making jewelry, and am always keeping my eye open for […]

 Geoff McCabe

Plant Quiz Answers

Plant Quiz Answers

Here are answers to the tropical plant quiz. Turmeric Flower This large, exotic flower comes out of the tumeric plant. Tumeric’s bright orange roots are perhaps the most super of all superfoods, with myriad health benefits, especially good for the brain. It can also be used as a dye and stains nearly everything it touches. […]

 Geoff McCabe

Permaculture Plant Nerd Quiz

Permaculture Plant Nerd Quiz

Here are photos of ten EDIBLE tropical plants. So for all you tropical garden geeks and permaculture geniuses, the challenge is to name them all. Leave your answers at the bottom in the comments section if you like… For the answers to what these plants are, click here: Plant Quiz Answers

 Geoff McCabe

Herbs and Plants for Personal Hygiene Products

Herbs and Plants for Personal Hygiene Products

A friend of mine, Kelly Perkins, visited the farm a few days ago, and she was curious as to what we have growing here that could be used for personal hygiene products such as lotions, scrubs, soaps, shampoos, insect repellents, and other face and skincare products. She was asking about this because she has a […]

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How to prepare a natural insecticide and fungicide

How to prepare a natural insecticide and fungicide

In Rancho Delicioso we are experimenting with several recipes in order to create organic products to treat plagues from various insect pests, or to prevent them. We believe that there are harmless ways to treat these frequent problems of the gardens, rather than using chemicals. We came across to this recipe to create a powerful […]

 Geoff McCabe

Costa Rica TreeHouse – Montezuma

Costa Rica TreeHouse – Montezuma

Joseph’s Sacred Geome-Tree House is now available for you to experience.  It’s listed for short term rentals with a 2 day minimum.  The price is $79/night (Nov-April).  Special green season offer: (May-Oct) $69/night, $375/week!  It’s a very unique experience and the view is quite amazing.  Please email TreeHouse@RanchoDelicioso.com for more info and reservations. Joseph is is one […]

 Geoff McCabe

Giant Mushrooms

Giant Mushrooms

  We found some mushrooms growing in the corner of the shade structure, seemingly connected somehow to the roots of a large Melina tree. We thought they were gigantic to begin with, but they just keep growing larger and large and now are much larger than the original huge size. They’re by far the largest […]

 Geoff McCabe

Artificial Wasp Nest for Caterpillar Control

Artificial Wasp Nest for Caterpillar Control

There are hundreds of species of wasps in the jungles of Costa Rica. Many or most are predators of other insects, and we’ve learned that they’re already being used in other parts of Costa Rica to control flies. A Plague of Caterpillars that Eat Spinach and Arugula We have several types of small caterpillars that […]

 Geoff McCabe

Rhinoceros Beetle Larvae

Rhinoceros Beetle Larvae

Friendly Transparent Underground Monsters We discovered these large, transparent grubs living in the earth near the roots of our bananas. They look thoroughly vile, and with their large sharp mandibles, they seem to be able to deliver a painful bite. They are about the length and thickness of a man’s thumb. No one knew what […]