Ila Bonczek

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Ila lives in the Garden State with her family and four chickens. She has been growing produce and perennials for 20 years, and recommends gardening for food and fun, but not for fortune.

The Caffeine Controversy: Pros and Cons of Coffee Consumption

Drinking coffee is a morning ritual for most adults. Coffee drinkers will tell you that it wakes them up and makes them more alert....

Love Lotus Flowers? You Can Grow Them at Home

Editor's note: A special thanks to Jen Stark of Happy DIY Home for her tutorial on growing lotus flowers found here, which we learned...

Diet Doldrums? Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Wild Edibles Part I

Whether cooking for themselves or being cooked for, human beings tend to fall into habitual eating schemes, which, while convenient and familiar, may not...

White House Says no Federal Vaccine Passports but Expects Corporate Use

Shortly after the White House lauded and applauded the corporate initiative for digital vaccine credentials, the Biden administration now appears to be backpeddling on...

As Finland Lockdowns Get Stricter, Businesses Get More Creative

A new set of Finland lockdowns may be the strictest ever, as five cities, including the capital city of Helsinki, are considering tough measures in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The proposal would restrict citizens to their homes with limited exceptions, while imposing fines for non-compliance. While Finland has maintained […]

Peas and Parsley: Sowing in the Snow to Get a Jump on Spring Gardening

Whether the interest lies in food or flowers, most gardeners in a temperate climate feel the impulse to start growing as soon as the snow melts. But until the last frost date, there is a risk in setting tender plants outdoors. To satisfy this urge without being reckless, one must take certain precautions when spring […]

This Spring, Make Plans Early to Defend Your Garden: Shallots

If you don’t defend your garden, it’s easy to grow an abundance of food in your own backyard — for wildlife… As spring approaches, many thoughts turn to the garden. Whether it is to secure a food source in these uncertain times, or to savor the great outdoors, tending a garden is a nourishing and […]

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