Farmiculture Techniques

 Geoff McCabe

Water Plants in Tropical Permaculture

We have three water plants at Rancho Delicioso, all of which are considered invasive species and are illegal in places like Florida, because they can grow out of control, blocking waterways, covering ponds and lakes, etc. As with so many things in nature, they also have their benefits, so I wanted to discuss some of […]

 Geoff McCabe

We Grew Guinness Record Breaking Soursop

We Grew Guinness Record Breaking Soursop

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Soursop (Guanabana) ever grown was a measly 8.14 pounds (3.69 kg) so ours was nearly double the weight! Ours weighed 16 pounds (7.26 Kilos)! Check out the old record on the Guinness website here: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/heaviest-soursop. And you can see a photo of it here to […]

 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

Insect Pests and Solutions

Insect Pests and Solutions

There are thousands of insects in the jungle here, and several of them like to feast on our plants. We’re going to try to catalog as many of them as possible to help our friends and neighbors in the area recognize them and know what to do. Aphids Every gardener and farmer hates aphids. They […]

 Clement Nataf

Permaculture at Rancho Delicioso

Permaculture at Rancho Delicioso

Clement is a passionate Permaculturist, with an upbeat sense of humor, who decided to stay at Rancho Delicioso with Jacquelyn to be in charge and manage the volunteer program. It’s a love story deeply rooted for both of them, as they both enjoy nature, yoga and people. With the various field specific interests of the volunteers, they […]

 Geoff McCabe

Animal Challenges

Animal Challenges

A tropical organic farm is a giant salad bar to wild animals I love jungle animals. Birds, bugs, bats, and beasts of all types. When I first moved to Costa Rica in 2004 I took the time to learn the life habits of every mammal in our jungles, and the names of every bird too. […]

 Geoff McCabe

Edible Nuts and Seeds that Grow in the Tropics

Edible Nuts and Seeds that Grow in the Tropics

Surprisingly, there aren’t many familiar nuts and seeds that grow in the tropics. We have many varieties of fruit, veggies, and greens that grow here, but it’s a challenge to find edibles that give us a good sources of protein and oil. Nuts and seeds are also important to add variety in cooking, and are […]

 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

Growing Gallery

Growing Gallery

Here at Rancho Delicioso, we now have well over 100 edible plants growing here. Below are a set of photos taken over a two-week period in March, 2014.

 Geoff McCabe

Toxic Edible Plants

Toxic Edible Plants

It may sound like an oxymoron, but many plants that we have growing at the farm are highly toxic if the wrong part is eaten, if they’re eaten before they’re ripe, or uncooked, etc. When giving tours of the farm, the guests sometimes freak me out by eating random stuff they find growing there! Let’s […]

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